Monica Theoderscu's Renaissance

Monica Theodorescu and her father Georg have formed one of those special partnerships that spells success. Georg, a native Romanian, fled to Germany as a political refugee when he was 31 years old. He established a dressage barn in Westfalia and trained his own daughter to become a six times gold medallist. Yet with the retirement of Monica's most successful show horse Grunox, a chestnut gelding with whom she won the World Cup Finals in 1993 and 1994 and the Team Gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games, Monica had only Arak xx (by Rocket xx) to rely on. But fate struck hard for the Theoderscu's when Arak xx, a black Thoroughbred off the race track whom she trained to Grand Prix dressage, died at age 16 of a sudden colic attack.

It wasn't until 1997 that Monica was able to present a new Grand Prix talent on the international turf. , a charming 12 year old Westphalian by Ramiro's Son, is one of the few mares on the top of the international start lists. The black mare is certainly a talented mount with an impressive piaffe and passage. Dubbed "the queen of the pirouettes" by Anne Gribbons, Monica's talents continue to add the the mare's development. Gradually, the combination starts to form a unity which is externalized in rising results. At the Park Festival Dressur of Bad Honnef (July 99) the combination scored 68.85% and at the CDI-W Stuttgart they gathered 71.90%.