Dick Brown, Longtime Supporter of USA Dressage & Olympian Günter Seidel, Dies After Long Illness

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Günter Seidel riding Jane and Dick Brown's Aragon at the 2006 World Equestria Games in Aachen, Germany. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Günter Seidel riding Jane and Dick Brown’s Aragon at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Dick Brown, who with his wife, Jane, was a longtime supporter of United States dressage including almost a quarter-century sponsoring horses for Günter Seidel on the world stage, has died in California after a long illness.

A successful besinessman originally from New York and Connecticut, Dick and Jane moved to Southern California where they met Günter. The Browns purchased several horses as propsects for Günter to ride for the United States.

Over the years, their horses were ridden by Günter for the United States in three Olympics–Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004–and five world championships to collect four bronze and one team silver medal.

The Browns, who lived in Carlsbad, an oceanfront community near San Diego, were active in fund raising for U.S. teams and supporting horse shows.

The U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation’s iconic competition arena at Gladstone, New Jersey is named in honor of Dick and Jane Brown.