VICTORIA DAVIES-KOCH is an International rider, Australian FEI Grade II Para Dressage rider and campaigner of the PRE SPANISH, LUSITANO breeds and most recently of September 2017 introduced a new member to her competition team an imported Warmblood of KWPN breeding by the name of BRAVOUR M.

Victoria has throughout her career achieved what most people only dream of and she does this whilst fighting a crippling disease RHEUMATOID which she was first diagnosed with at age 9 and of recent times a serious neck and spinal condition that was diagnosed 1 week out from the 2016 Paralympic European qualifiers which she was forced to withdraw from on medical grounds.

This setback and knowing the potential risks involved if she continues to ride has not deterred Victoria who continues to train each day and compete.

Victoria has a broad understanding of the two breeds with over 30 years experience with the PRE Spanish horse campaigning them at International, CDI, National, State and Royal level. Also, spending 3 years traveling overseas to train and compete.

However, winning isn't everything!

Victoria still enjoys nothing better than to train her own horses, proving herself as a kind, passionate rider that achieves results with good, correct riding. Victoria has very strong connections with her horses, especially the 2 stallions ANDALUKA ELEGIDO and CELERE all of whom are trained to be led by Victoria using her wheelchair and further more they understand Victoria's somewhat different aids.

Whilst Victoria is a Para Dressage rider she does not restrict herself to only para dressage; most weekends you will see Victoria riding in open dressage through the levels of Novice and up to Medium. Victoria has competed at both Championship and National level in open dressage and believes it is very important to support the sport of para throughout open dressage and mix the training up for herself and horses.

Victoria has trained with many renown riders and trainers - Olympic Portuguese rider of Rubi AR - Goncalo Carvalho, Cesar Lerias, Master Miguel Tavora, Ton de Ridder and Cody Wilson.

At 10 months under saddle Victoria and her stallion ANDALUKA ELEGIDO became the first PRE Spanish in history to be selected for an AUSTRALIAN HIGH PERFORMANCE SQUAD. December 2013 they qualified for WEG, France 2014. A credit to her training abilities.

In March 2014 Victoria purchased the outstanding Approved breeding Lusitano buckskin stallion CELERE from Portugal as her International performance dressage horse for European competition. Together in 2015 they qualified for Hartpury CPEDI 3*, England and CELERE was winning at Gold Medium Level dressage with Victoria's European coach Martin Greet. CELERE was imported to Australia August 2016 and together Victoria and CELERE continue their strong journey together.

Victoria has strong determination to follow her dreams of competing at the Paralympics whom she hopes to due so with BRAVOUR M and to continue promoting the PRE & LUSITANO breed in Para and Open dressage.