Guenter Seidel’s Grand Prix mount Coral Reef Wylea has sustained an injury that will keep her out of the 2014 Alltech FEI Equestrian Games (France), as was first reported by Dressage-news.com. Seidel and the 14-year-old mare are currently in second place on the Tim Dutta National Grand Prix Championship/World Equestrian Games Selection Trial Ranking List.
“She’s had a little injury, and she’ll need to rest longer than what we can manage to get back into the trials,” said Seidel, Cardiff, Calif. “She’s qualified right now, but it would be rushing to get her back to work by then. It’s unfortunate timing, but what can you do?”
The Westphalian (Weinberg—Si Jolie, Saluut) mare is owned by Coral Reef Ranch. Seidel started competing her in 2013, and Germany’s Anabel Balkenhol previously rode her at the Grand Prix level. Last year the pair finished second in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special at the Lingen CDI***** in Germany.
“She’ll definitely be back, but it needs time to heal,” Seidel said. “We’ll have to talk to about the timeline a little more with the vets. But she’ll be a good age for the 2016 Olympics [in Brazil].”