Video: Fuchs and Clooney 51 outrace Farrington and Gazelle in big Grand Prix at WEF

Fuchs and Clooney 51 in the Grand Prix
Credit : Sportfot

Monday 11 February - 10h15 | Ian Clayton and press release

Video: Fuchs and Clooney 51 outrace Farrington and Gazelle in big Grand Prix at WEF

A first-place medal, a star, a horse’s head. #clooney51 

 - Video: Fuchs and Clooney 51 outrace Farrington and Gazelle in big Grand Prix at WEF

After a big win in the $391,000 CSI5* Fidelity Investments Grand Prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida this weekend, Swiss rider Martin Fuchs made it clear where he thought the credit for the victory was really due: Fuchs’ 13-year-old grey gelding, Clooney. And not for the first time. 

The mount by Cornet Obolensky and a dam by Ferragamo had already established himself as one of the top sport horses in the world coming into the competition, capturing (among other things) the silver medal at the World Equestrian Games last September and the Longines FEI World Cup Grand Prix in his home country, in Basel, at the start of January. 

​Across the Atlantic now in the Sunshine State, the 27-year-old Fuchs once again turned to his lead horse for the CSI5* in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. 

Out of 40 entries on the course designed by Great Britain’s Kelvin Bywater, 18 rode clear in the first round and advanced to the jump-off. Of that group, nine pairs were faultless again, with Clooney’s big stride and some tactical riding just making the difference as the 11th-ranked rider on the planet stopped the clock in 33.13 seconds, slightly ahead of current World No.16 Farrington and Gazelle (33.571 s). Ireland’s Richie Moloney and Rocksy Music were third (34.423 s), with the three top finishers taking home $129,030, $78,200 and $58,650 respectively. 

“I knew my horse is in great shape. He has been great in the outdoor season over the past few months,” Fuchs said of the Westphalian. “He’s very experienced, so it was good for him to bring him straight out here under the lights. He still was a little surprised in the first round. He jumped very, very careful. I had to use more leg than usual.”

Fuchs added that the jump-off course design suited Clooney’s abilities. “I knew I could make a nice turn from one to two, take all the risks for the double, and then just use his big stride which he has and trust in his jump and his carefulness,” he said. “I’m very happy with this win. Honestly, I was pretty sure Kent was going to be faster because we all know he is one of the fastest riders in this circuit. Obviously, I’m happy that for once he didn’t beat me and also gave the little Swiss guy a chance to win here in America.” Watch their winning round here. Photo below: Sportfot ​

 - Video: Fuchs and Clooney 51 outrace Farrington and Gazelle in big Grand Prix at WEF


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