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PUCH Pepo
Sport Eventing, Para Equestrian Dressage
NOC Austria   
GenderMale
Born10 Jan 1966 in Graz, AUT
Human Interest
Last Update
  10 Aug 2016
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence Switzerland
Occupation Athlete, Business Owner
Languages English, German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began riding at age 15 in Oberzeiring, Austria.
Why this sport? He loved horses as a young boy. Following his accident, he set himself the goal of taking up the sport again as motivation during his rehabilitation.
Club / Team BSV Aichfeld-Murboden: Austria
General Interest
Most influential person in career His wife Michele Puch and Austrian equestrian Alexander Sprinz. (Athlete, 07 Feb 2012)
Hero / Idol Swiss rider Ali Schwarzenbach. (Athlete, 07 Feb 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "What is conceivable is possible." (pepopuch.com, 10 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours In 2017 he was presented with the Golden Badge of Honour by the Austrian Paralympic Sports Association. (radlwolf.at, 20 Oct 2017)

In November 2016 he received the Goldenen Ehrennadel [Honorary Pin in Gold] from the Austrian Economic Chamber. (oepc.at, 28 Nov 2016)

He was voted the 2016 Para Athlete of the Year in Austria. (propferd.at, 28 Oct 2016; oeps.at, 27 Oct 2016)

He was named the Para Athlete of the Year for the state of Styria, Austria, on three occasions [2013, 2016, 2017]. (murtalinfo.at, 05 May 2017)

He won the 2011 Pappas Amadeus Award in recognition of his achievements in Para equestrian. (pferderevue.at, 09 Dec 2012)
Other sports He represented Austria in able-bodied eventing from 1987 to 2008. (fei.org, 03 Sep 2012; Athlete, 07 Feb 2012)
Famous relatives His wife Michele Puch represented Switzerland in eventing at the 2002 World Equestrian Games [WEG] in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. His daughter Lou-Charlotte won a silver medal in equestrian jumping in the youth category at the 2018 Austrian Championships in Vienna. (Facebook page, 06 Aug 2018; fei.org, 13 May 2018; pferderevue.at, 23 Oct 2017; nzz.ch, 10 Jan 2016)
Impairment He has incomplete paraplegia after injuring his spinal cord in a riding accident in 2008. (oepc.at, 14 Aug 2012; Athlete, 06 Aug 2012)
Other information BUSINESS
He has owned a chimney cleaning business since he was age 15. ''My friends said don't be a professional horse rider, look for a serious job. In Austria we have quite a lot of snow and chimney sweeping is a winter business and I was looking for a winter business so I could have time for riding in the summer. I still own the company. With my impairment I can't do the work in the houses but I am behind the scenes and in the office.'' (fei.org, 27 Sep 2017)

NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first ever Austrian Para dressage rider to finish on the podium at the Paralympic Games by claiming gold and bronze at the 2012 Games in London. (pepopuch.com, 10 Mar 2018; orf.at, 03 Sep 2012)

BRONZE THROUGH ADVERSITY
His mother-in-law died on the day he won a bronze medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. "It was difficult to deal with the emotion but I know my mother would have wanted me to continue." (nzz.ch, 10 Jan 2016; kleinezeitung.at, 04 Sep 2012)

REPRESENTING CROATIA
Prior to his accident, he competed for Croatia in the individual three-day event at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (grawe.at, 11 Dec 2012)

Major Results
Continental Championships and Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2013 CH-EU-PED Herning (DEN) Freestyle Grade Ib FINE FEELING S 1  
2013 CH-EU-PED Herning (DEN) Ind. Championship Grade Ib FINE FEELING S 1 8
2011 CH-EU-PED Moorsele (BEL) Ind. Championship Grade Ib Good Boy's Feeling 1  
2011 CH-EU-PED Moorsele (BEL) Freestyle Grade Ib Good Boy's Feeling 2  
Other Events
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2012 PG-PED London (GBR) Freestyle Grade Ib FINE FEELING 1  
2012 PG-PED London (GBR) Ind. Championship Grade Ib FINE FEELING 3  

Current Results
Date Venue Competition Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
19.08.2013 to 25.08.2013 Freestyle CH-EU-PED Herning (DEN) Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S 1  
19.08.2013 to 25.08.2013 Individual CH-EU-PED Herning (DEN) Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S 1  
19.08.2013 to 25.08.2013 Team CH-EU-PED Herning (DEN) Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S   1
23.06.2013 to 23.06.2013 Individual CPEDI3* Somma Lombardo (ITA) Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S 1  
23.06.2013 to 23.06.2013 Freestyle CPEDI3* Somma Lombardo (ITA) Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S 1  
23.06.2013 to 23.06.2013 Team CPEDI3* Somma Lombardo (ITA) Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S   1
03.05.2013 to 07.05.2013 Individual CPEDI3* Mannheim (GER) Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S 1  
03.05.2013 to 07.05.2013 Freestyle CPEDI3* Mannheim (GER) Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S 1  
03.05.2013 to 07.05.2013 Team CPEDI3* Mannheim (GER) Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S   1
12.04.2013 to 14.04.2013 Individual CPEDI3* Caselle di Sommacampagna (ITA) Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S 1  
12.04.2013 to 14.04.2013 Freestyle CPEDI3* Caselle di Sommacampagna (ITA) Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S 1  
12.04.2013 to 14.04.2013 Team CPEDI3* Caselle di Sommacampagna (ITA) Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S   1
22.03.2013 to 24.03.2013 Freestyle CPEDI3* Deauville (FRA) Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S 1  
22.03.2013 to 24.03.2013 Individual CPEDI3* Deauville (FRA) Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S 3  
22.03.2013 to 24.03.2013 Team CPEDI3* Deauville (FRA) Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S   1
30.08.2012 to 04.09.2012 Freestyle Paralympic Games London (GBR) Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S 1  
30.08.2012 to 04.09.2012 Individual Paralympic Games London (GBR) Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S 3  
30.08.2012 to 04.09.2012 Team Paralympic Games London (GBR) Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S   2
14.06.2012 to 17.06.2012 Freestyle CPEDI3* Casorate Sempione (ITA) Grade Ib   GOOD BOY'S FEELING 2  
14.06.2012 to 17.06.2012 Individual CPEDI3* Casorate Sempione (ITA) Grade Ib   GOOD BOY'S FEELING 2  
14.06.2012 to 17.06.2012 Team CPEDI3* Casorate Sempione (ITA) Grade Ib   GOOD BOY'S FEELING   2
03.05.2012 to 08.05.2012 Individual CPEDI3* Mannheim (GER) Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S 1  
03.05.2012 to 08.05.2012 Freestyle CPEDI3* Mannheim (GER) Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S 1  
03.05.2012 to 08.05.2012 Team CPEDI3* Mannheim (GER) Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S   1
30.03.2012 to 01.04.2012 Freestyle CPEDI3* Deauville (FRA) Grade Ib   GOOD BOY'S FEELING 1  
30.03.2012 to 01.04.2012 Individual CPEDI3* Deauville (FRA) Grade Ib   GOOD BOY'S FEELING 1  
30.03.2012 to 01.04.2012 Team CPEDI3* Deauville (FRA) Grade Ib   GOOD BOY'S FEELING   2
15.03.2012 to 18.03.2012 Individual CPEDI3* Caselle di Sommacampagna Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S 1  
15.03.2012 to 18.03.2012 Freestyle CPEDI3* Caselle di Sommacampagna Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S 1  
15.03.2012 to 18.03.2012 Team CPEDI3* Caselle di Sommacampagna Grade Ib   FINE FEELING S   1
27.01.2012 to 29.01.2012 Freestyle CPEDI3* Santi Marti de Vell (ESP) Grade Ib   GOOD BOY'S FEELING 1  
27.01.2012 to 29.01.2012 Individual CPEDI3* Santi Marti de Vell (ESP) Grade Ib   GOOD BOY'S FEELING 1  
27.01.2012 to 29.01.2012 Team CPEDI3* Santi Marti de Vell (ESP) Grade Ib   GOOD BOY'S FEELING   1
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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