Günter Seidel & U II Claim Fritzens CDI4* Freestyle

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

FRITZENS, Austria, June 26–Günter Seidel and U II, competing at their first European show and a year since the American was thrown from the 10-year-old gelding in an accident that broke his pelvis, won the Grand Prix Freestyle at the Manfred Swarovski Memorial Tournament CDI4* Sunday.

Günter of Cardiff, California, and UII scored 78.275 per cent, the highest awarded the pair since they began their international Grand Prix career 16 months ago. They competed only in California before this competition.

Great Britain’s Emma Hindle and Lancet 2, her mount from the 2008 Olympics and 2009 European Championships silver medal team and now 18 years old, was second with 77.175 per cent and Italy’s Valentina Truppa on Eremo del Castegno was third on 76.350 per cent. Shawna Harding of Aiken, South Carolina, and Come On III placed 11th with a score of 68.400 per cent.

Earlier Sunday, Günter and Sundayboy, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding by Kennedy, were second behind Canada’s Belinda Trussell on Anton in a consolation Grand Prix. Belinda and Anton scored 71.560 per cent with Günter and Sundayboy second on 70.390 per cent and Austria’s Renate Vogelsang on Fabriano third on 68.723 per cent.

Günter is a three-time Olympic bronze medalist and the winner of team silver at the WEG in Jerez in 2002 and team bronze in Aachen, Germany, in 2006. He had not competed in Europe since the 2006 world championships.

In 2010, U II, a KWPN gelding by Jazz, was shipped to Europe for he and Günter to train with former American team coach Klaus Balkenhol at Rosendahl, Germany. The planned to compete at this same competition last year and some national shows in preparation for the U.S. selection trials for last year’s WEG in Kentucky.

However, in the first ride two days after the flight, Günter was thrown from U II and broke his pelvis. It kept him out of the saddle for six months.

He and Steffen Peters and Ravel are scheduled to compete on the U.S. team at the CDIO Nations Cup in Aachen next month.

Günter and U II were 2008 U.S. Developing Horse Champions. Both U II and Sundayboy are owned by Jane and Dick Brown.

Grand Prix Freestyle results:

Platzierte Teilnehmer
1. 83 U II Seidel, Günter USA 2750 EUR 78.275 Punkte
F 10-j.W v.Jazz/M.v.Rohdiamant/KWPN/USA40734/B: Jane & Richard Brown
2. 47 Lancet Hindle, Emma GBR 2000 EUR 77.175 Punkte
DB 18-j.H v.Wenzel I/M.v.Shogun xx/HANN/NED06248/B: Brookhouse Stud,
3. 30 Eremo del Castegno Truppa, Valentina ITA 1500 EUR 76.350 Punkte
B 10-j.W v.Rohdiamant/N.B./ITA42367/B: Valentina Truppa
4. 46 Jade de Mv Castilla Ruiz, Claudio ESP 900 EUR 75.625 Punkte
SCH 12-j.H v.Musico/M.v.Nepturno/CDE-N.GEFU/ESP03847/B: Manuel VIdrie
5. 32 Faberge Ferrer-Salat, Beatriz ESP 700 EUR 75.050 Punkte
B 16-j.W /N.B./B: Beatriz Ferrer-Salat
6. 90 Whizzkid Schneider, Dorothee GER 500 EUR 73.275 Punkte
R 14-j.W v.Welt Hit II/M.v.Andrew/OLD/B: Christina Ullrich
7. 36 Feleciano Kemmer, Heike GER 400 EUR 72.100 Punkte
B 16-j.H v.Florestan I/M.v.Barbados/WESTF/USA07341/B: Elmgestüt Dreieichen GmbH
8. 91 Wie-Atlantico de Ymas Bigwood, Fiona GBR 350 EUR 71.350 Punkte
F 12-j.W v.Wie Weltmeyer/M.v.Rondo/HANN/ESP03716/B: Fiona Bigwood
9. 5 Aramis Bolz, Sonja GER 200 EUR 70.850 Punkte
B 15-j.W v.Acobat II/M.v.Leonid/HOLST/GER24700/B: Sonja und Ingetraud Bolz
10. 51 Martini Stremler, Beata POL 200 EUR 70.650 Punkte
B 10-j.W v.Deryl Sp/M.v.Madryt/POL./POL40174/B: Inter-Api Sp. Z O.O.
11. 19 Come On III Harding, Shawna USA 100 EUR 68.400 Punkte
B 12-j.W v.Come Back II/M.v.Lantaan/DK/USA40973/B: Shawna L. Harding
12. 96 Corado Kempkes, Matthias GER 100 EUR 67.000 Punkte
B 14-j.W v.Caracol/M.v.Lombard/WESTF/GER40828/B: Kempkes, Matthias
13. 62 Orion Fortmüller, Pia CAN 100 EUR 65.550 Punkte
F 15-j.W v.Jazz/M.v.Consul/KWPN/CAN02511/B: Pia Fortmüller
14. 7 Auheim’s Picardo Schumach, Christian AUT 100 EUR 64.725 Punkte
B 10-j.H v.Prince Thatch XX/M.v.World Cup I/HANN/103DP44/B: Mag. di Ä Gyd Pen
15. 100 Flamenco R Chelius, Gaston LUX 100 EUR 63.550 Punkte
DF 13-j.W v.Florestan I/WESTF/102RH18/B: Claude Niedner
Angaben zur Prüfung:
Richter: (E) P.Holler (GER) Prize money
(H) Dr.W.Markowski (POL)
(C) K.Wüst (GER)
(M) G.Fouarge (NED)
(B) E.Koffmahn (AUT)