‘We can do any­thing to­gether’

WEG sil­ver medal­list leads the way and Scott Brash finds win­ning form

Horse & Hound - - Show Jumping -

Equita Longines CSI5*-W Lyon, France

BACK in Europe, the Lyon leg of the World Cup qual­i­fiers went to Martin Fuchs of Switzer­land with his great part­ner Clooney, and the Swiss star now tops the Western Euro­pean League leader­board. A thrilling 10-horse jump-off re­sulted in a typ­i­cally high-oc­tane fi­nale and Martin ac­cel­er­ated around with his WEG sil­ver medal-win­ning ride.

“I was al­ways go­ing for the win, but I wasn’t sure I could beat Lorenzo [de Luca] — I’m not al­ways su­per-fast with Clooney and Lorenzo looked re­ally fast on the screen,” said Martin, fresh from a podium fin­ish in Verona, Italy, the week be­fore. “I’m go­ing to Welling­ton [USA] in Jan­uary, so I wanted to fo­cus on the World Cup qual­i­fiers now.

“He’s such a tough horse; he al­ways fights,” added Martin. “When I got him, I was strug­gling a lot be­cause he has his own mind and he’s so strong. But over time we have come to work re­ally well to­gether, and now we can do any­thing.”

Great Bri­tain’s Scott Brash rode the nine-year-old Hello Mr Pres­i­dent to vic­tory in the show’s pres­ti­gious Equita Mas­ters. There were only three dou­ble clears in this two-round com­pe­ti­tion and Scott’s win­ning per­for­mance was two sec­onds quicker than Ire­land’s Mark McAu­ley on the 14-yearold Miebello. Swiss rider Janika Sprunger took third with Ninyon.

Richard How­ley of Ire­land jumped to a fly­ing vic­tory in Sun­day’s 1.50m speed class rid­ing Chi­nook.

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