U.S. Olympic Dressage Horse Makes Speedy Recovery

Concerns over the health of U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) dressage horse Foltaire eased considerably Sept. 9 after he made a rapid recovery from a bout of colic.

Foltaire, a 13-year-old, Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Dick and Jane Brown and ridden by Guenter Seidel of Del Mar, CA, colicked midweek. When the option of surgery was considered, there were concerns about his participation in the Games. USET veterinarian Midge Leitch recommended against surgery and Foltaire recovered strongly on Friday eliminating concerns as to his participation in the Games.

Seidel rode Foltaire to the Reserve Championship in the 2000 State Line Tack USET Dressage Championship that served as the USET's final selection trials for the Sydney Games.

The Olympic dressage competition is held late in the Games with the Grand Prix team competition scheduled for September 26-7 and the individual competition on September 29.

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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