Guenter Seidel & U II Win Hamburg Derby CDI4* Freestyle

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Guenter Seidel and U II. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

HAMBURG, Germany, June 4–Günter Seidel rode U II in the Californian’s first competition in Germany in five years and a year since a riding accident broke his pelvis, won the Hamburg Dressage Derby CDI4* Grand Prix Musical Freestyle Saturday.

Günter of Cardiff, California, and the 10-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Dick and Jane Brown scored 73.400 per cent with Norway’s Lillan Jebsen on Pro-Set second on 72.875 per cent and Alexandra Bimschas of Germany on Dick Tracy in third on 72.175 per cent.

A year ago, Günter and U II had gone to the training center of former U.S. coach Klaus Balkenhol at the start of a planned European competition swing. The horse threw him and the German-born Günter was hospitalized with a broken pelvis. He competed in California earlier this year but admitted he still hurt from the injury.

Günter, an Olympic and World Equestrian Games medalist for the U.S., is popular and highly respected on both sides of the Atlantic. He last competed in Europe at the WEG in Aachen in 2006 where he was a member of the U.S. team that won bronze.

In the current tour, he is scheduled to compete at Fritzens in Austria and the World Equestrian Festival at Aachen, Germany next month.

He has two Grand Prix mounts–U II on whom he won the U.S. Developing Horse Championships three years ago, and Sundayboy who is coming back from an injury and Günter has been competing him at Intermediaire.

In the Grand Prix Special, the three top places were filled by Germans with Anabel Balkenhol on Rubins Royal at 69.708 per cent, Wieger Derk de Boer on Cosmopolitan second on 66.750 per cent and Kathleen Keller on Wonder FRH third on 66.333 per cent.

Hamburg CDI4* GP FS Results

Grand Prix Special results:

Placed competitors (E) (H) (C) (M) (B) Total
1. 383 Rubins Royal Balkenhol, Anabel GER 2650 EUR 333.0 335.0 328.0 348.0 329.0 1673.0 points show score sheet
B 14-j.W v.Rubinstein I/M.v.Vargas xx/OLDBG/GER44534/B: Balkenhol,Klaus 69.375 % 69.791 % 68.333 % 72.500 % 68.541 % 69.708 %
1. 1. 1. 1. 1.
2. 162 Cosmopolitan Boer, Wieger Derk de GER 2150 EUR 317.0 332.5 311.5 321.0 320.0 1602.0 points show score sheet
B 19-j.H v.Corleone/M.v.Lago Maggiore/HOLST/GER22872/B: Stenzel,Gisela 66.042 % 69.271 % 64.896 % 66.875 % 66.667 % 66.750 %
4. 2. 5. 2. 2.
3. 465 Wonder FRH Keller, Kathleen GER 1650 EUR 312.5 329.5 323.0 318.0 309.0 1592.0 points show score sheet
DB 14-j.W v.Werther/M.v.Maat I/HANN/GER27856/B: Bösche Dr.,Joachim 65.104 % 68.645 % 67.291 % 66.250 % 64.375 % 66.333 %
5. 3. 2. 3. 6.
4. 752 Aribo 4 Christensen, Martin DEN 1150 EUR 321.0 310.5 320.0 315.0 317.0 1583.5 points show score sheet
F 12-j.W v.Acord II/M.v.Admirano/WESTF/GER44906/B: Stritzke,Wolfgang 66.875 % 64.687 % 66.666 % 65.625 % 66.041 % 65.979 %
2. 4. 3. 7. 3.
5. 529 Rhythm and Dance Platen, Julia-Katharina von GER 850 EUR 318.5 310.0 306.0 316.0 316.0 1566.5 points show score sheet
/B: Platen,Wilken von 66.354 % 64.583 % 63.750 % 65.834 % 65.834 % 65.271 %
3. 5. 8. 5. 4.
6. 671 King Arthur TSF Wilm, Petra GER 650 EUR 302.0 309.0 316.0 312.0 314.0 1553.0 points show score sheet
DB 13-j.H v.Buddenbrock/M.v.Consul/TRAK/GER25578/B: Gestüt Tasdorf/Petra Wilm 62.916 % 64.375 % 65.833 % 65.000 % 65.416 % 64.708 %
7. 6. 4. 8. 5.
7. 329 Norblin Augustin, Johannes GER 300 EUR 310.5 307.0 307.0 316.0 305.0 1545.5 points show score sheet
DB 16-j.W /POL01557/B: Skup,Janusz 64.688 % 63.958 % 63.958 % 65.834 % 63.542 % 64.396 %
6. 7. 7. 5. 7.
8. 669 Happy Louis Kanerva, Emma FIN 300 EUR 302.0 299.0 303.0 317.0 303.0 1524.0 points show score sheet
DB 10-j.W v.Louis Heslegard/M.v.Labrador/OLDBG/103GL22/B: Slawinski,Martina 62.917 % 62.292 % 63.125 % 66.042 % 63.125 % 63.500 %
7. 9. 9. 4. 8.
9. 219 Famous Boy Kasselmann, Bianca GER 300 EUR 290.0 300.5 308.0 305.0 303.0 1506.5 points show score sheet
B 14-j.W v.Feiner Stern/M.v.Landadel/OLDBG/GER40762/B: Hof Kasselmann KG 60.417 % 62.604 % 64.167 % 63.542 % 63.125 % 62.771 %
9. 8. 6. 9. 8.