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 Brow

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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

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Stephanie L. Church, Editorial Director, grew up riding and caring for her family’s horses in Central Virginia and received a B.A. in journalism and equestrian studies from Averett University. She joined The Horse in 1999 and has led the editorial team since 2010. A 4-H and Pony Club graduate, she enjoys dressage, eventing, and trail riding with her former graded-stakes-winning Thoroughbred gelding, It Happened Again (“Happy”). Stephanie and Happy are based in Lexington, Kentucky.

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