German native Guenter Seidel moved to the U.S. in 1985 and immediately made an impact on U.S. dressage. Seidel aided the U.S. in winning the Team Bronze medal at three consecutive Olympic Games with different horses: at the 1996 Atlanta Games with Graf George, the 2000 Sydney Games with Foltaire, and the 2004 Athens Games with Aragon.
He was a member of the U.S. Silver medal-winning team at the 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games in Spain. The United States Equestrian Team (USET) also awarded him the Whitney Stone Cup as the individual who achieved a distinguished record in international competition while also serving as an ambassador for the USET and equestrian sports.
In 2006, he helped the U.S. win a Team Bronze medal at the FEI World Equestrian Games and was the highest scoring American rider on the first day of competition. In 2010, Seidel’s fractured his pelvis and was unable to walk without crutches for two months, ending his hopes for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The recovery process took a year, but he made an amazing comeback in 2011. After a third-place finish in the Grand Prix in CDI4* Hamburg, Germany, he topped the field in the Freestyle. At CDI4* Fritzen, Austria, he rode U II to a top finish in the Grand Prix Freestyle.
Seidel is very active in the dressage community, training and giving clinics across the country. He also serves on the USEF Dressage Eligible Athlete Committee.