07.05.2013 | Age: 10

Augustin, Blind Date and Eichendorff Up Near the Top in the FEI Ranking

My best three horses are currently listed among the top 30 dressage horses in the world according to the FEI Ranking.

Augustin OLD

Blind Date

Eichendorff Fotos: Becker

With 2284 points, Augustin OLD is on ninth place, Blind Date on 24th with 1994 points and Eichendorff on 28th place with 1868 points.

That is a great success for me and also substantial confirmation for the help that Wolfram Wittig has been giving me. The best eight results of a horse-rider couple in the last 12 months is what counts for the World Ranking - which is a very good way for me to measure the degree of continuous improvement. Augustin, Blind Date and Eichendorff also lead the ranking for the Austrian horse-rider combination - much to my pleasure!

I haven't had Blind Date quite one year yet and our record is really good for that short amount of time: Seven first places and five second places in just as many starts in Oldenburg/GER, Stuttgart/GER, Salzburg/AUT, Bremen/GER and Stadl Paura/AUT. These achievements were only possible because "Beate" had already been excellently trained by Wolfram Wittig and his wife and they both helped me get really close to the mare in a short period of time.

Eichendorff has also developed nicely. In the past 12 months he was able to collect a number of impressive ribbons, including second place in the Grand Prix of Aachen and first place in the Grand Prix Freestyle. His two victories in the CDI 5* in Salzburg/AUT are also a highlight.

Augustin OLD is my dearest partner. I owe my greatest success to him - e.g. third place in the Dressage Prize of Aachen in 2012 and in the World Dressage Masters of Munich as well as 13th place in the Freestyle at the Olympic Games in London/GBR.

The current FEI Ranking makes me very proud and, at the same time, gives me further incentive to work harder - with myself and with my horses – of course with the help of my trainer, Wolfram Wittig, and my parents. My goal is to have consistently good performances!