17.06.2019

Four Austrians surpassed 70 percent

Four days, 20 events, 161 starts – that was the 20th edition of the international dressage show in Achleiten in numbers.


On the final day, Austria’s team showed impressive performances, spearheaded by Victoria Max-Theurer, who took second place (73.574) with Benaglio in the most difficult dressage test in the world, the Grand Prix Special.

The winner was the Finnish #1 Henri Ruoste with his gelding Rossetti with 73.894 percent; third place was taken by Lisa Müller (GER) with Stand by me OLD (72.5).

“Achleiten is for me one of the most beautiful dressage shows in the world. I am pleased that I was able to prepare here for the European Championships,“ Henri Ruoste said in the winner interview with the ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation).

Speaking of the European Championships (Rotterdam, NED; 19 to 25 August): The Finn, who lives in Germany, was full of praise for the Austrians, “After what I have seen here, you will qualify as a team for the Olympic Games in Tokyo at the European Championships in Rotterdam.“

Hostess Elisabeth Max-Theurer, Olympic gold medalist, former European champion and president of the Austrian Equestrian Federation, was also convinced of the quality of the European Championship candidates, “Austria is in the comfortable situation to be able to choose from more than four very high-quality pairs to be sent to the competitions. This team, no matter how it will be put together, has realistic chances to qualify for Tokyo at the European Championships in Rotterdam.“

Victoria Max-Theurer was impressed by her 11-year-old sports partner Benaglio after taking two second places at the home dressage show, “It is the first Grand Prix season for Beni and it was only the second international Special he participated in. He has developed incredibly well and passed the test extremely well except for two moments that were my fault.“

Ranking fourth to ninth, close to each other: only rider/horse pairs from Austria, three of them with scores higher than 70 percent. The performance of 25-year-old Viennese economist Karoline Valenta with Valenta’s Diego, who took fourth place with 72.426 percent, was particularly impressive, “It was only the second Grand Prix Special of my life. During the first one, a couple of weeks ago at the show in Hungary, I got lost. These seven minutes in the arena feel like a marathon. Incredible that it went so well today.“

N°4 FEI Grand Prix Special

1 ROSSETTI - RUOSTE Henri (FIN) 73,894%
2 BENAGLIO - MAX-THEURER Victoria (AUT) 73,574%
3 GUT WETTLKAM'S STAND BY ME OLD - MÜLLER Lisa (GER) 72,553%
4 VALENTA'S DIEGO - VALENTA Karoline (AUT) 72,426%
5 FACKELTANZ OLD - LEHFELLNER Stefan (AUT) 70,809%
6 SINCLAIR JASON - SCHUMACH Christian (AUT) 70,638%
7 FUSTANELLA OLD - WEINBAUER Belinda (AUT) 69,660%
8 FIDERTRAUM - BACHER Florian (AUT) 68,489%
9 SIR SIMON 12 - NEUMAYER Astrid (AUT) 67,596%
10 SPARKLING FIZZ - WESSELY-TRUPP Anja Luise (AUT) 67,191%
11 DRESSCODE BLACK - HARTUNG Amanda (AUT) 66,489%
12 CASINO' ROYAL - CONNOR James (IRL) 66,362%
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