Colicky Olympian Recovers

The United States received a scare when Foltaire, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding and Olympic Dressage Team member, had a bout with colic at the Sydney International Equestrian Center. The horse, who is piloted by Guenter Seidel of Del Mar, Calif., pulled through his ailment and put on a stunning performance that helped the United States clinch a bronze medal on Sept. 27.

Veterinarians were able to avoid surgery, but doubt remained as to whether or not Foltaire would be able to compete, since he had missed training for his recovery.

Even when Foltaire had light exercise before the event and officials announced that the horse would compete, some anticipated a less-than-optimum performance. Upon the horse's "entrance at A," however, the team's hopes were revived.

"He was really fresh, I guess because we haven't worked him that much," said Seidel, who was a member of the USET's Bronze Medal team at Atlanta in 1996. "I tried not to push him beyond what I thought he could do, and I'm very happy with how it turned out."

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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