Austria's number one Grand Prix rider Victoria Max-Theurer will be concentrating fully on Grand Prix horse Blind Date during the 2016 Olympic show season and has put her focus on former number one Augustin on the back burner.
The 16-year old Oldenburg licensed stallion Augstin (by August der Starke x Rohdiamant) has not been competed in a year. His last competition was the CDI Frizens in June 2015 and that was his only show that year after last appearing at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Caen.
Neither rider Victoria Max-Theurer, nor owner Sissy Max-Theurer who is the president of the Austrian Equestrian Federation, want to disclose whether Augustin is injured, retired or still in training.
"I will be very happy to let you know als soon as I have a plan," Victoria told Eurodressage. "At the moment my focus is absolutely on Blind Date and the Olympics."
Victoria will be competing Blind Date, who was also her 2015 European Championship ride, at her home show in Achleiten, Austria, this weekend.
"There are two months until the Games. At the moment it's all about the ideal timing for this season highlight," said Max-Theurer. "We have been workingly strongly on Blind Date's condition. I'm looking forward to our home show so that we can make a fresh and good performance."
Photo © Astrid Appels
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