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WEG 2002: Guenter Seidel -- U.S. Dressage

Guenter Seidel and Nikolaus 7 represented the U.S. in the Dressage World Championships during the 2002 World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Jerez, Spain.
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Horse:Nikolaus 7 - Bay gelding, 17.1 hands, 13-year-old Westphalian

Owner: Dick and Jane Brown
Home: Del Mar, California

The USET honored Guenter Seidel this year with the Whitney Stone Cup for achieving a distinguished international competition record while serving as an ambassador for the team.

Seidel has been involved with U.S. dressage since 1985, when he settled in California and became a U.S. citizen after earning his Bereiter certificate in Germany. His career accomplishments include being a member of the bronze-medal teams in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, and finishing ninth at the 1998 World Equestrian Games, the highest-placed American competitor there. That year, he also won the USET Dressage Championship at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions. After having two horses in contention for a WEG spot this year, Seidel qualified with Nikolaus 7.