Monica Theodorescu Named German Dressage coach, 1st Woman in Post

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Monica Theodorescu riding Whisper at Aachen. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WARENDORF, Germany, Sept. 5–Monica Theodorescu will become Germany’s dressge coach Oct. 1, the national federation announced Wednesday, the first woman ever named to the post.

The 49-year-old Monica succeeds Jonny Hilberath who had volunteered for the position after the sudden death of Holger Schmezer in April this year. He prepared the German dressage team for the Olympics in London last month.

Jonny Hilberath and Jürgen Koschel, who is also responsible for the under-25 team riders, will support Monica.

Monica, who speaks five languages, said she was sad to be ending her international competition career, but, “the two are not compatible with each other.” She will, hwoever, continue tranng young hrses at her stud, Lindenhof.

She is the daughter of the legendary trainer, George Theodorescu who died in 2007, and one of the best dressage riders in Germany.

At the age of 19 she won the German Dressage Derby then went on to win World Cup Finals in 1993 and 1994, was on Olympic gold medal teams in 1988, 1992 and 1996 and in 1990 was on the world championship squad and third best individual. She was reserve rider for the London Olympics.

“With Monica Theodorescu we get a great sports personality as national coach, who can look back on a long international career and who is also familiar with the structures and challenges of dressage,” the German federation said in a statement.