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EISTEL Bettina
Sport Para Equestrian Dressage
NOC Germany   
Born07 May 1961 in Hamburg, FRG
Human Interest
Last Update
  19 Jan 2015
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment Limb deficiency
Further Personal Information
Languages German, English
Higher education Psychology
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began riding ponies at age seven.
Why this sport? She enjoys a number of aspects of dressage. "You have the perfect mix of power and lightness, as well as empathy and control."
Name of coach Wolfgang Marlie [personal], GER; Bernhard Fliegl [national], GER
International Debut
Year 2002
Competing for Germany
Location Anadia
General Interest
Hobbies Painting, writing. (, 23 Jul 2014)
Most influential person in career Coach Franz-Martin Stankus. (Athlete, 14 Apr 2011)
Injuries She lost two teeth after falling off her horse and forgetting to let the reins go from out of her mouth. (Athlete, 14 Apr 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto "When you ride it's like dancing a tango with a 700kg partner. You can achieve everything with intelligence and courage, but don't let the horse pay the price." (Athlete, 14 Apr 2011)
Awards and honours She has been awarded the Goldenes Reitabzeichen and the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt during her career. (Athlete, 14 Apr 2011)
Impairment She was born with no arms due to being treated with Contergran, which is also known as thalidomide. (, 15 Apr 2011)
Other information OTHER ACTIVITIES
She worked as a presenter on a weekly German television show between 2007 and 2014. She has also published an autobiography called 'Bettina Eistel - Das ganze Leben umarmen' [Embrace life whole]. (, 23 Jul 2014;, 12 Apr 2014;, 10 Mar 2009)

Major Results
World Equestrian Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2007 CPEDI4* Hartpury (GBR) Ind. Championship Grade III FABULEUX 5 5 2
2007 CPEDI4* Hartpury (GBR) Freestyle Grade III FABULEUX 5 6  
Continental Championships and Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2009 CH-EU-PED Kristiansand (NOR) Freestyle Grade III BENETTON'S FABULEUX 2  
2009 CH-EU-PED Kristiansand (NOR) Ind. Championship Grade III BENETTON'S FABULEUX 2 2
Other Events
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2008 PG-PED Beijing (HKG) Ind. Championship Grade III FABULEUX 5 3  
2008 PG-PED Beijing (HKG) Freestyle Grade III FABULEUX 5 6  
2004 PG-PED Athens (GRE) Freestyle Grade III   2  
2004 PG-PED Athens (GRE) Ind. Championship grade III   3 2

Current Results
Date Venue Competition Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
03.05.2012 to 08.05.2012 Team CPEDI3* Mannheim (GER) Grade III   FABULEUX BENETTON'S   11
Abbreviation Meaning
DNF Did Not Finish
DNS Did Not Start
DNQ Did Not Qualify
DSQ Disqualified
FNR Finished No Rank
RET Retired
WDW Withdrawal

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