Longtime supporter of U.S. dressage Dick Brown, of Carlsbad, Calif., died Sept. 5 after battling leukemia for seven years. He was 83.
Brown and his wife, Jane, began supporting U.S. dressage when they met German-born Guenter Seidel at the Rancho Riding Club in Santa Fe, Calif. The chance encounter led to their 23-year sponsorship of Seidel’s riding career. Their partnership ended in 2011.
Over the years, the Browns purchased numerous horses that were guided to Olympic medals by Seidel. With Graf George, Seidel helped the U.S. team to bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, and he did the same aboard Foltaire at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
In Athens in 2004, Seidel was again part of the bronze medal-winning team aboard Aragon. Seidel and mount Nikolaus 7 were part of the silver medal-winning U.S. dressage team at the 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, and then contributed to team bronze at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games (Germany).
Brown was the treasurer of the U.S. Equestrian Team for a number of years, and when it became the USET Foundation, he continued contributing as an honorary trustee.
“He loved the [U.S. Equestrian] Team. It became his entire interest, and we went every single day to watch the horses,” said Jane.
The USET’s main competition arena in Gladstone, N.J., is named in honor of the Browns for their decades of commitment.