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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Austrian FEI Dressage Icon Joins SRS Board

Austria Olympic dressage gold medalist Sissy (Elisabeth) Max-Theurer has been named deputy head of the supervisory board of the Spanish Riding School, according to a news item in this week's Horse & Hound (UK).

Mrs. Max-Theurer, who has been president of the Austrian Association for Riding and Carriage Driving (FEI governing body for Austria) since 2002, retired from competition after the Barcelona Olympics. She now supports the campaign of her daughter, Victoria, who is currently a top competitor on the European grand prix dressage circuit. At 19, she was the youngest competitor at the European Championships this summer and is the current Austrian national champion in dressage.

Austria must be a small (horse) world; Victoria's team mate is Caroline Kottas-Heldenberg, 23, daughter of former Spanish Riding School oberbereiter Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg, who left the School in 2002.


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