Victoria Max-Theurer Scores Above 80% for 1st Time in 5 Years in Freestyle Debut of Rockabilly, Runner-up to Isabell & Emilio at Achleiten CDI4*

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Victoria Max-Theurer and Rockabilly at the Achleiten CDI4*. © 2020 Michael Rzepa

ACHLEITEN, Austria, July 4, 2020–Victoria Max-Theurer debuted her 10-year-old Rockabilly at Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday to post the rider’s first Big Tour score above 80% in five years to be runner-up to German superstar Isabell Werth on her world No. 9 Emilio.

Isabell and the 14-year-old Westfalen gelding that was her backup to defend her World Cup title at the Las Vegas event canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic received a score of 86.200% for the victory. It was Isabell’s first international event since mid-March when equestrian competitions like most sports around the globe were halted by the virus.

The musical performance  by the 34-year-old Vici on the stallion Rockabilly earned the pair 81.225% at her home show and runner-up to Isabell and Emilio as they were in the Grand Prix Friday.

Vici first competed Rockabilly at Big Tour in France in October last year, followed by three shows of Grand Prix and Special to the end of 2019.

She is coached by Isabell Werth.

Fellow Austrian Timna Zach on Chico placed third on 72.125%.

The score for Vici, a four-time Olympian and the Austrian rider top ranked on the world standings, was the first above 80% since July in 2015 on Augustin. She scored above 80% on Augustin at Big Tour on at least eight occasions during her career on the Oldenburg stallion that was Vici’s mount at the 2012 London Olympics, the 2014 Normandy World Equestrian Games and three European Championships.

The competition here, the 21st international dressage tournament at Achleiten, was limited to 15 riders and 26 horses was a trial run of safety protocols for the next two CDI4* competitions, July 23-26 and Aug. 14-16.

Results:

CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle

            Judges:     Katrina Wüst Claudia Thaler Thomas Lang Gabriela Valerianova Christof Umbach    
Place   Score %   Nation Athlete Horse     E H C M B    
1.   86.200   GER Isabell Werth Emilio 107     85.625 86.625 85.000 86.500 87.250    
2.   81.225   AUT Victoria Max-Theurer Rockabilly     79.625 79.125 80.500 82.000 84.875    
3.   72.125   AUT Timna Zach Chico 32     68.375 72.125 72.000 74.625 73.500    
4.   69.575   SUI Estelle Wettstein Donauwelle     70.750 68.750 70.625 69.250 68.500    
4.   69.575   AUT Amanda Hartung Dresscode Black     71.875 68.250 66.500 70.875 70.375    
6.   68.500   AUT Katharina Haas Saint Tropez OLD     67.250 70.250 66.125 71.250 67.625    
7.   68.475   GER Alina Röhricht Dinario 6     65.250 68.125 66.250 70.375 72.375