Articles: Press Release
Guenter Seidel Honored With Whitney Stone Cup
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810, email@example.com
Gladstone, NJ—February 25, 2002—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has
honored dressage rider Guenter Seidel as the 2002 recipient of the Whitney
Each year, since 1980, the USET has recognized an individual who has
achieved a distinguished record in international competition while also
serving as an ambassador for the USET and equestrian sports by presenting
them with the Whitney Stone Cup.
Seidel, a two-time Olympic team Bronze medalist, had a successful tour of
Europe in 2001, winning the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle and
winning the Best Horse and Rider award at CDI Fritzens (Austria) with Dick
and Jane Brown’s Nikolaus 7. The combination also placed third in the Grand
Prix and the Special at Rotterdam. Seidel was competing in Europe on a USET
Competition and Training Grant.
German native Seidel qualified for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games by placing
second on Foltaire in the State Line Tack/USET Dressage Championship in
Loxahatchee, FL. Despite Foltaire's bout with colic shortly before the
Olympic Games, Seidel and Foltaire gave an impressive performance at the
Olympics in Sydney, Australia, to help the U.S. win its third consecutive
Olympic team Bronze Medal.
In 1996, Seidel rode Graf George to a team Bronze Medal at the Atlanta
Olympic Games. He also placed eighth individually, finishing seventh in the
Grand Prix Freestyle and tenth in the Grand Prix Special.
Seidel won the 1998 USET Dressage Championship after his
performance at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions. Later in the year at
the World Equestrian Games, Seidel was a member of the fourth place USET
squad and he finished ninth individually in the World Dressage
In 1997, Seidel won the Grand Prix and Special at the German National Horse
Show in Germany. He also placed eighth overall at that year’s World Cup
Final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.
In 1995, Seidel won a team Silver Medal at the Pan American
Games and a team Gold Medal at the Can-Am Dressage Challenge. He was a
Bronze Medalist at the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival and won the 1992 USET
Intermediaire I Championship aboard Numir.
The United States Equestrian Team is a non-profit organization that selects,
trains, equips and finances equestrians of the highest possible standard to
represent our country in major international competition, including the
Olympic Games and the World Championships. To accomplish this the USET seeks
out and nurtures the development of talented athletes - riders, drivers and
horses - and provides the support and guidance they need to help them attain
their fullest potential. For more information on the USET, please call
(908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.