Dressage Couples Dominate Top Five Places in Del Mar’s Grand Prix Dressage CDI
Sunday, May 1, 2011
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Shannon Peters and Kathleen Raine supported by Husbands in Grand Prix Pursuits.
David Wightman also has a strong investment in his wife Kathleen Raine’s success on Breanna. “David picked out Breanna at the auction in Germany so really believes in her ability to do this well.” Showing has been a part of their 21 years together. They met when they were teenagers and both working at Hilda Gurney’s farm in Moorpark. “This is our life. David warms me up at the shows, and I warm him up. We both work with Christine Taurig, so if our ride times are too close to help one another; she is there to help us as well.”
Seidel Credits Taurig for Her Help in the Grand Prix During Dressage Week
Guenter Seidel rode an obedient UII by Jazz to place second of 70.511% in the Grand Prix CDI behind Steffen Peters and Ravel. Seidel is especially happy that he has the support of fellow Olympian and friend, Christine Taurig both in training at home and in competing at shows. Seidel echoes the others when he states, “You really cannot do this alone. Christine and I ride together daily and help one another. At the shows, she makes time for me. She is great to be here.”
Seidel was happy with his Grand Prix ride because of UII’s obedience. “At in our last show in LA, I let him be a little less on the aids. Here he has been through, consistent and obedient.” Seidel continues to feel better after his serious injury last year in Germany, but stated that “Each show is different. It is up and down with recovery.” Next month Seidel will be taking both Sundayboy, with whom he placed second in the PSG CDI Friday, and UII to compete in Europe this summer for two months. “Our goal is to compete at Aachen. I expect some déjà vu when we get to Klaus’s where the accident occurred.” However, Seidel will take all the precautions when he gets there. He will show UII in the European Grand Prix CDI’s and see how Sundayboy progresses to determine which classes he will compete in there as well.
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