Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs won the €300,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Lyon CSI 5*-W, presented by GL events during Equita Longines – Le Salon du Cheval de Lyon on Sunday afternoon in Lyon, France.
Riding his grey Clooney, the twenty-six-year-old recorded one of the greatest wins in his career. Both the horse and rider confirmed their continuing good form, less than two months after winning the silver medal at the show-jumping world championships in Tryon, North Carolina, USA.
The class began with a first round involving forty of the best couples in the world of show jumping. The course was designed by the French course designer Grégory Bodo, and provided for an interesting blend of sport, suspense and entertainment. The course comprised 14 obstacles with 17 jumping efforts, and had to be completed in 75 seconds. This time limit was decisive in the first leg. Several couples saw their hopes dashed, such as the French champion Pénélope Leprévost (FRA) on Vancouver de Lanlore and the British rider Robert Whitaker (GBR) on Catwalk, who were penalised for exceeding the limit by just one second.
Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) & Ensor de Litrange LXII
In total, ten couples managed to complete this technical course (with obstacles close to 1.60m) in the time imparted: four French, two Swiss, one Belgian, one Italian, one Dutch and one Swedish rider. This was enough to set up a great final for the spectators in Lyon, who turned out in numbers. Having led for a long time with a time of 37.78 seconds, Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) saw victory snatched away at the death by another star of the discipline, the young Swiss rider Martin Fuchs (SUI).
Martin Fuchs (SUI) & Clooney
On Clooney, he took tight corners and did a great run down the final straight to finish the jump-off in 37.25 seconds. “Clooney once again proved that he is one of the best horses on the international scene. We have worked a lot together. We have become more efficient and faster in the jump-offs. Lorenzo De Luca’s (ITA) managed a really fast round already. We had to turn even tighter to try and take the lead,” he said. They duly rose to the challenge.
Steve Guerdat (SUI) & Bianca
His compatriot Steve Guerdat (SUI), who was very quick on his faithful Bianca, could not do any better, and recorded a time of 37.89 seconds. He finished in third place, just ahead of the Dutch rider Maikel Van der Vleuten (NED) on Dana Blue (38 seconds flat) and the Kevin Staut (FRA), the best-ranked French rider in the class, on For Joy van’t Zorgvliet HDC (38.32 seconds). “I am very happy with my horse’s performance. Unfortunately, I lost a little time at the end of the jump-off, otherwise I could have hoped for a better ranking,” said the Frenchman.
The five top-ranked riders in this class were all within a second of each other, highlighting how closely fought the jump-off was. Out of the four French representatives in the jump-off, it is also worth noting the fine performance of Guillaume Foutrier (FRA), who finished seventh in his first Longines FEI World Cup show jumping class with Valdocco des Caps. Nicolas Deseuzes (from the Rhône Alpes) finished ninth on Quilane de Lezeaux, just ahead of Olivier Robert (from Gironde) on Tempo de Paban.
Martin Fuchs (SUI) & Clooney during the awards ceremony
1. Martin Fuchs (SUI) & Clooney – 0/0 – 37.25 sec
2. Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) & Ensor de Litrange – 0/0 – 37.78 sec
3. Steve Guerdat (SUI) & Bianca & Steve Guerdat – 0/0 – 37.89 sec
4. Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) & Dana Blue – 0/0 – 38.00 sec
5. Kevin Staut (FRA) & For Joy van’t Zorgvliet – 0/0 – 38.32 sec
6. Pieter Devos (BEL) & Apart – 0/0 – 38.72 sec
7. Guillaume Foutrier (FRA) & Valdocco des Caps – 0/0 41.87 sec
8. Irma Karlsson (SWE) & Ida van de Bisschop – 0/4 39.85 sec
9. Nicolas Deseuzes (FRA) & Quilane de Lezeaux – 0/8 – 40.79 sec
10. Olivier Robert (FRA) & Tempo de Paban – 0/RT
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Source: Press release by Equita Longines – Le Salon du Cheval de Lyon
Photos: © PSV Photo / J. Morel
Categories: Longines FEI World Cup Jumping