‘We can do anything together’
WEG silver medallist leads the way and Scott Brash finds winning form
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.