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In Brief: Maxi Wimmer (35) from Germany

Maxi Wimmer (35) is from Berlin, Germany but has been living in Santiago, Chile since 2008.

Biography

Was nominated for Endurance World Championship 2016 with EO Salma, participated in HH Sheikh Mohammed Cup 2017 with EO Salma, is nominated for Panamericano Championship 2017. Won Team Championship 2014 and 2015, and was among the top 3 for 120km in 2015 and 2016.

Endurance World Maxi Wimmer. Riding in the fields.Notable achievements

1st place and Chilean Speed Record in CEI2*120km, Los Angeles, Chile on the 19th of November 2016 on EO SALMA.
4th place in CEI3*160km, La Vinilla, Chile, on the 18th of June 2016 on EO SALMA.
1st place in CEI2*120km, Los Angeles, Chile on the 21st of November 2015 on EO SALMA.
1st place in CEI1*80km, Santa Cruz, Chile on the 30th of May on CL FRODDO.

Endurance World Maxi Wimmer. At a water point.When did you start riding?

I started riding when I was 4. I was visiting my uncle at his farm at the Baltic Sea and there was a shetland pony on a field and I thought: “That one looks nice, let’s take a ride.” Now, I didn’t know that the pony wasn’t tame and once I got on, it bucked me off immediately. But I just couldn’t give up and got back on. This “game” went on for a few minutes until my mother saw me and nearly died of a heart attack.
But I was hooked and since I didn’t stop talking about horses and riding, my parents finally agreed on sending me to have riding lessons.

Does riding run in the family?

Not really. I mean, my parents love horses – from a distance – but they were always very supportive of my hobby. I know my dad sat on a horse when he was a boy and I sometimes make my mum ride a little (it is such good therapy for the back) but apart from that, there is no real affinity there when it comes to riding.

Endurance World Maxi Wimmer. Working on the race strategy.What do horses mean for Maxi Wimmer?

Horses have always held a special mysticism for me. They are like magical creatures.

Why endurance?

Oh well, that is an interesting question. I started out in Dressage and Jumping and quickly made my way up to the high leagues during 1994 to 1997. I trained with the Olympic Team in 1996 and 1997 but then realized that the competition environment just wasn’t my cup of tea and so I dedicated my passion to training horses instead. Later on, I even went a step further and became a riding instructor to be able to train both horse and rider.
When I moved to Chile in 2008, I was quickly introduced into the discipline of Endurance, something I had never knew existed before. I was surprised to see so many people interested in this, and also to see that it was much more of a family sport than I thought initially. Also, instead of being on the parcours for 2 minutes as in Jumping or Dressage, you actually had at least a loop of 20 or 30 km to enjoy, even if you were eliminated afterwards. This holds so much more fun.
So I did my qualification races in between pregnancies and participated in my first CEI1*80km in 2010. And since then, it has only always been going up!

Endurance World Maxi Wimmer. Checking the other competitorsOwn horses or ride for somebody else?

Together with my husband, we breed and race our own horses but I sometimes ride for other stables, too.

Do you train horses?

Yes we do. For over 25 years, we have been breeding at Haras El Molino. I took several Join Up courses over the years with Monty Roberts and use those techniques to teach and train our own.

What else does Maxi Wimmer enjoy?

I love reading and writing, I have a lot of imagination and creativity. I work as a Senior English Teacher as I love to teach, be it people or horses.

Photo credit: @fbtphoto Francisco Boetsch Tagle

 

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In Brief: Maxi Wimmer (35) from Germany

Maxi Wimmer (35) is from Berlin, Germany but has been living in Santiago, Chile since 2008.

Biography

Was nominated for Endurance World Championship 2016 with EO Salma, participated in HH Sheikh Mohammed Cup 2017 with EO Salma, is nominated for Panamericano Championship 2017. Won Team Championship 2014 and 2015, and was among the top 3 for 120km in 2015 and 2016.

Endurance World Maxi Wimmer. Riding in the fields.Notable achievements

1st place and Chilean Speed Record in CEI2*120km, Los Angeles, Chile on the 19th of November 2016 on EO SALMA.
4th place in CEI3*160km, La Vinilla, Chile, on the 18th of June 2016 on EO SALMA.
1st place in CEI2*120km, Los Angeles, Chile on the 21st of November 2015 on EO SALMA.
1st place in CEI1*80km, Santa Cruz, Chile on the 30th of May on CL FRODDO.

Endurance World Maxi Wimmer. At a water point.When did you start riding?

I started riding when I was 4. I was visiting my uncle at his farm at the Baltic Sea and there was a shetland pony on a field and I thought: “That one looks nice, let’s take a ride.” Now, I didn’t know that the pony wasn’t tame and once I got on, it bucked me off immediately. But I just couldn’t give up and got back on. This “game” went on for a few minutes until my mother saw me and nearly died of a heart attack.
But I was hooked and since I didn’t stop talking about horses and riding, my parents finally agreed on sending me to have riding lessons.

Does riding run in the family?

Not really. I mean, my parents love horses – from a distance – but they were always very supportive of my hobby. I know my dad sat on a horse when he was a boy and I sometimes make my mum ride a little (it is such good therapy for the back) but apart from that, there is no real affinity there when it comes to riding.

Endurance World Maxi Wimmer. Working on the race strategy.What do horses mean for Maxi Wimmer?

Horses have always held a special mysticism for me. They are like magical creatures.

Why endurance?

Oh well, that is an interesting question. I started out in Dressage and Jumping and quickly made my way up to the high leagues during 1994 to 1997. I trained with the Olympic Team in 1996 and 1997 but then realized that the competition environment just wasn’t my cup of tea and so I dedicated my passion to training horses instead. Later on, I even went a step further and became a riding instructor to be able to train both horse and rider.
When I moved to Chile in 2008, I was quickly introduced into the discipline of Endurance, something I had never knew existed before. I was surprised to see so many people interested in this, and also to see that it was much more of a family sport than I thought initially. Also, instead of being on the parcours for 2 minutes as in Jumping or Dressage, you actually had at least a loop of 20 or 30 km to enjoy, even if you were eliminated afterwards. This holds so much more fun.
So I did my qualification races in between pregnancies and participated in my first CEI1*80km in 2010. And since then, it has only always been going up!

Endurance World Maxi Wimmer. Checking the other competitorsOwn horses or ride for somebody else?

Together with my husband, we breed and race our own horses but I sometimes ride for other stables, too.

Do you train horses?

Yes we do. For over 25 years, we have been breeding at Haras El Molino. I took several Join Up courses over the years with Monty Roberts and use those techniques to teach and train our own.

What else does Maxi Wimmer enjoy?

I love reading and writing, I have a lot of imagination and creativity. I work as a Senior English Teacher as I love to teach, be it people or horses.

Photo credit: @fbtphoto Francisco Boetsch Tagle

 

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