Corinna Schumacher gives first interview since husband Michael's tragic skiing accident in 2013

Danny Thompson
German Formula 1 pilot, Michael Schumacher poses with his wife Corinna after he was awarded with the French Legion of Honor by French Prime Minister Francois Fillon on April 29, 2010 at the Hotel Matignon in Paris. THOMAS COEX/AFP/GettyImages)

The wife of Formula 1 icon Michael Schumacher has paid tribute to him in her first interview since a skiing accident which left him permanently disabled.

The German racing driver was put into a medically induced coma after a traumatic brain injury sustained while skiing with his son in the French Alps in December 2013. 

The family have preferred to keep the tragedy to themselves and little is known about Schumacher’s condition - he has not been seen in public since the accident.

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Corinna Schumacher, 50, and daughter Gina Maria, 22 have now revealed one way they cope with the cruel twist of fate life has dealt them is working with horses - something they are able to do thanks to a generous gift imparted on them by Michael when he was well.

Speaking to Germany’s She Magazine, Corinna spoke of a ranch in Givrins her husband bought for their 10th wedding anniversary - which lead to her developing a passion for horses.

She said: “I don’t forget who I have to thank for this. That would be my husband Michael.

“When I was 30 and I dreamt of having a horse, he flew me down to Dubai in order to look at an Arabian horse.” 

Corinna discovered a natural talent for equestrian competing and she became the European champion in Western-style horse riding in 2010.

Gina Schumacher of Germany rides on her horse Arc Guns M Oaks during the SVAG FEI European Championship Reining Young riders 2016 at the CS Ranch on August 12, 2016 in Givrins, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

The couple’s daughter Gina, has also developed the same skills as her mother, and she is a gold medalist in the Reining European Championship in Givrins.

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Also speaking She Magazine, Gina revealed some wise advice given to her by dad Michael when she began competing.

He told her: “When you drive a car, you can stick it in the garage afterwards. But a horse needs to be looked after all the time, even on Sundays.”

The family now has 40 horses and ranches in Switzerland and Texas and Corinna admitted she feels joy at the success Gina has achieved.

She said: “I feel the greatest pride when I see Gina. What she has already achieved and how much fun she is – that makes me happy.”