A PRIVATE CHAT WITH...

MAX KÜHNER

WHEN WAS YOUR VERY FIRST EQUESTRIAN COMPETITION?
It was an invitation to a private pony competition. I had no pony of my own and was just taking some riding lessons in a riding school. We went there to watch some friends ride. One of the boys couldn´t ride his pony because he had broken his arm. He told me that I could compete with his pony. It was a very small course with 6 small fences. The pony jumped so great, but really moving its body at the small fences. I fell off 6 times, at every single small fence but I got up each time and jumped the next fence. In the end, I got a rosette. At that very moment, I started to love this sport.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER?
Horse surprises! Every surprise is a highlight for me. From the sport point of view, winning a Nations Cup or being clear in a Nations Cup round in Aachen is a fantastic feeling.

IF YOU HAD NOT GONE INTO HORSE RIDING, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE DONE?
I had been skiing a lot before riding and decided to reduce the skiing for riding. So maybe skiing?

YOU TRAVEL A LOT. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CITY?
My home town, Munich, and Vienna.

WHICH OBJECT DO YOU ALWAYS KEEP WITH YOU?
My mobile phone.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE ATHLETE?
Not just one athlete, I look up to many athletes.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE genre in MUSIC?

Ballads.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION?
The Maldives.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FILM?
The Hangover (Very bad trip).

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOW?
Tatort, a german crime tv show.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COCKTAIL?
I like non-alcoholic fruit cocktails.

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR IDEAL SUNDAY (WHEN YOU ARE NOT IN A SHOW JUMPING)?
Spending time in the yard with my family.

WHAT IS YOUR EVERYDAY CAR? AND YOUR DREAM CAR?
Mercedes E63 is my everyday and my dream car.

INTERVIEW & PHOTOS BY JESSICA RODRIGUES

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