World Champion-2017 in Pace race P1 Markus Albrecht-Schoch about Pace.
Author: Viktoriia Vinokurova
To be the best in pace, your back must always be fit, your posture - just right. You must have control over your legs. Did you just think of a rider? No, we're talking about the horse!
Markus Albrecht-Schach became the World Champion in Pace racing in 2017. He knows that being a good rider means “having a brilliant horse and being able to understand it“. For Markus, pace is more about the horse than about the rider. Experience taught him what horses and riders need in order to win: teamwork and trust! And as with every successful team, it is helpful when the chemistry is right. “That‘s why you have to treat your horse with respect,“ says Schoch. Patience is the key to success in pace riding and even more in pace racing. Our four-footed partners can be difficult, but the right horse will be reliable, when it's needed.
“When you can rely on your horse when you need it most, that is the moment when patience and commitment pay off,“ says Schoch. He and his horse Kóngur frá Lækjamóti have a very special connection. Markus prefers to wait for the right moment, because “the right moment breaks the record“.
“Learn to listen and react,“ - he recommends to the riders. By the end of the day “it‘s not just about a brilliant rider, but also about a brilliant horse. There are horses that can make their riders famous.“
The champion spends a lot of time with horses. He believes that if you really get to know the nature of Icelandic horses, you will understand what they are capable of. Pace racing fascinates him because it is the only competition that can be evaluated objectively.