Pepo Puch’s second life
You arrived in Caen yesterday morning. What are your first impressions?
Everything is excellent. The schedules, especially the schooling arenas, are jam packed, but I’m incredibly happy to be in Caen, right in the centre of the event. The course is just fabulous.
You’re coming in with a Para-Olympic title. What’s your goal for these Games?
These are my first World Equestrian Games, and I’ve got my mare Fine Feeling, who competed in London. She’s doing great and is in top form. I’ve been letting her rest up for the Games. Obviously, we’re going to do everything we can to be the best, even if at the team level I think it’s going to be tough for Austria to place in the top five. Individually, anything could happen (smiles).
You probably embody the spirit of the Games better than anyone, wouldn’t you say?
It’s true that I’ve participated in major Eventing competitions, and later in Para-Dressage. And few people remember, but before all that, I was the European Endurance champion over 160 km in the early nineties. So if I can, I’m going to do everything possible to make the most of my Games, including supporting my Eventing teammates.