Michael Schumacher's competitive drive seems to run in his family. His 17-year-old daughter Gina blew away the competition at the weekend as she took gold at a horse show in Switzerland. The teenager claimed victory at the FEI European Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders 2015 contest, which attracted 46 riders from nine different countries.
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Gina Schumacher won two gold medals at the horse event
Gina helped Germany secure victory in the Junior Team event – and deny Italy their fifth consecutive win – before going on to take the gold in the individual competition. "My horse was great for me once again, and I am thrilled with this second gold medal!" she said afterwards. "I cannot thank my team members and coach enough, my trainer Shawna Larcombe and of course my mum and family who are my greatest supporters."
Gina's mum Corinna Schumacher was also pictured riding at the event, which she hosted at her CS Ranch.
The 17-year-old is congratulated by her proud mum Corinna Schumacher
It was a rare public appearance for mother and daughter, who have spent the past 18 months by Michael’s bedside following the skiing accident in December 2013 which left him fighting for his life.
The 46-year-old F1 racing legend has faced a long road to recovery, having been placed in a medically induced coma and finally regaining consciousness in June 2014.
The event was held at the CS Ranch, owned by Corinna Schumacher
He was then transferred from Grenoble Hospital to the University Hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland – a few miles from his home – and eventually moved to his family home to continue his recovery process.
Since then, updates about his condition have been scarce, but in March his friend and former racing driver Philippe Streiff confirmed that Michael remains paralysed and in a wheelchair, and cannot speak. "He is getting better but everything is relative," said the Frenchman, who was himself left wheelchair bound by a pre-season training crash in 1989. "It's very difficult. He can't speak. Like me, he is in a wheelchair paralysed. He has memory problems and speech problems."