Show Jumping

Martin Fuchs Was This Close to Being the Amateur in All of Us

International riders, they’re just like us! (Only *much* better at riding.)

World #10 Martin “Babyface” Fuchs (SUI) was a rookie move away making a course plan destined to lose the FEI $35,700 CP Welcome Stake at the CP Palm Beach Masters Winter Classic CSI4*-W on Thursday.

He won it, instead.

“I walked it as a two-phase class, but when Daniel [Coyle] was going I realized it was a normal speed class,” revealed the 2018 World Equestrian Games individual silver medalist.

“Normally that doesn’t happen to me because I am usually quite on it, but somehow, I missed that part. So, it was good for me to see a few riders go!”

Feeling less pleased about that last-minute revelation was likely Coyle.

Fuchs and the 12-year-old bay gelding Cristo shaved almost an entire second off the Irish rider’s time, stopping the clock in 71.37 seconds to take the win. (Coyle and Quintin posted a clear in 72.34 seconds.)

“I have a very fast and careful horse so I knew I wouldn’t have to do something crazy to beat them, so I just tried to do the same round as they had done trusting in the speed of my horse to be a little faster at the end,” said the 26-year-old Swiss rider.

Come Sunday, Coyle will has a chance to redeem himself though. As defending champion in $208,200 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington, he plans to contest the penultimate leg in the North American League Eastern sub-league with his young mount.

“As a nine-year-old, he’s a little green, but I’m hoping he’s good,” Coyle said.

Daniel Bluman of Israel took third on Entano.