Home show as a "special challenge" for Victoria Max-Theurer

Victoria Max-Theurer is looking forward to the home show with mixed feelings.

Victoria Max-Theurer and Benaglio (c) Michael Rzepa

From 13 to 16 June 2019, the CDI4*, the international dressage show with four stars, takes place for the 20th time at Schloss Achleiten with a strong field of participants. At this anniversary show, the Austrian dressage team will compete for the qualification for the European Championships in Rotterdam (NED, 19 to 25 September).

Victoria Max-Theurer is looking forward to the home show with mixed feelings, “Riding at home is not an advantage for the horses, because with many foreign horses and people around everything is different from usual. In that sense, a home show is always a special challenge. This year, the qualification for the European Championships is another aspect that will make it even more exciting because not only me, but also my Austrian teammates will compete with many new horses that have little or no championship experience.“

In the Grand Prix of the Special Tour, it will be a fight pair against pair for everyone. Anyway, Austria’s Chef d’Equipe and Head of Dressage of the Austrian Equestrian Federation, Diana Wünschek, will have a very close look at all rider/horse pairs. After all, the team nominated by her and sent to the Netherlands by the executive committee will also compete for the qualification for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Austria’s four-time Olympic participant ‚(2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) and sixth (in Grand Prix ,Special and Freestyle) of the 2014 World Equestrian Games is confident after the successful start of the season at the top international shows in Mannheim and at the Olympic Equestrian Center in Munich-Riem, “We are extremely satisfied with the performance and development of our horses so far. We work hard and with zeal every day to get even better and I hope that I will be able to present my horses at home at their best and in good shape.“

Fact Box: Victoria Max-Theurer
Born: 24 October 1985 in Linz; Greatest achievements: Olympic Games: 13th London (GBR) 2012 (4 Olympic participations 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016); World Equestrian Games: 6th Grand Prix Special, 6th Grand Prix Freestyle, Normandy (France) 2014; European Championships: 5th Windsor (GBR) 2009, 6th (Team), 10th (Special), 12th (Freestyle) Herning (DEN) 2013, 10th (Grand Prix) Aachen (GER) 2015; additionally: 6 x Bronze and 2 x Silver Junior European Championships; from 2003 to 2015 13 x in a row Austrian State Champion; more information online: max-theurer.com

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