Pros’ advice - Martin Fuchs

  • Monday 27 April 2020
  • 6:00 AMLongines Masters Series
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For this new interview, let's meet Martin Fuchs. The World No. 2 talks about his training program, his philosophy on the current situation, the new recruit in his stable, and his strategy for the resumption of competitions.

Martin Fuchs and Clooney 51 at the Rotterdam Europeans

Martin Fuchs, who is based in Wängi near Zurich, explains his horses’ program: "My horses jump once a week, but not very high. I alternate between gymnastic exercises and courses. The rest of the time, they’re worked on the flat or lunged. I ride in the morning until 1 to 2p.m., and then I take the opportunity to do everything I don't usually have time to do, such as going for hiking, cycling, reading, playing Playstation, going to the sauna... or paperwork." It might seem like a relaxing time for the European Champion, but as he points out, "it would be a nice time if it wasn't so financially stressful." As for most top riders, the costs are still there, but the financial income from competition winnings no longer exists.

Martin Fuchs and Clooney 51 winning Gold in Rotterdam

The stable star is obviously Clooney 51 (Cornet Obolensky), his partner and silver medalist at the 2018 World Championships and his European Champion winning mount in 2019. The talented Swiss rider describes his star mounts’ typical training program: "This Monday he was ridden on the sand and grass by my rider Steffi. On Tuesday, he had a lunge and was jumped. On Wednesday, he had a hack and a gallop on the sand. On Thursday, he did gymnastics. On Friday and Saturday, he hacked, and he had Sunday off. And he goes to the park and the field every day. All my horses have the same program, whether it's Chaplin or The Sinner. This non-competitive period seems to suit the horses well. However, most of them had already had a break from February to March when I was in Wellington."