Wellington, Fla. – March 2, 2019 – Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs and his mount, Faberlys, owned by SPCS, topped a 39-horse field to win the $50,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Grand Prix on Saturday afternoon in the International Ring.
Of those 39 entries, six navigated the first round, Steve Stephens-designed track without fault to advance to the jump-off, where Fuchs had what he considered the advantage of returning second to last. With the time to beat set at 44.14 seconds by Canada’s Tiffany Foster and Caipiranja, owned by Artisan Farms, LLC, Fuchs elected to go for it, shaving nearly two seconds off of Foster’s time to finish in 42.22 seconds for the win. Foster’s time held up for second place, while third place with a time of 44.77 seconds went to David Blake of Ireland riding Keoki for owner Pine Hollow Farm.
“I didn’t really know how quick Adrienne Sternlicht after me would be,” said Fuchs, who is currently ranked 11th in the world. “I thought, ‘Okay, I’ll go for it.’ I tried not only to beat the first one, but also to take some seconds off of them.”
Fuchs’s plan proved a success, garnering Faberlys another top result in a string of recent successes, including a third-place finish in Thursday’s $25,000 ProElite® 1.45m Jumper Classic.
“He’s just stepping up into the bigger level, so that’s obviously a very nice feeling,” said Fuchs of the nine-year-old gelding by Cornet Obolensky, the same sire as Fuchs’s top mount, Clooney. “Since he’s been over here in America, he’s jumped one clear after another. He won at The Ridge, the national grand prix there; he was fifth place in the last national grand prix [at WEF] on the derby field, and he won today!”
Fuchs has had the ride on Faberlys for only eight months but is excited for the future with the young horse, particularly following the gelding’s continued success at WEF.
“We meshed quick enough, but it really clicked when I brought him over here,” said Fuchs. “It’s been really good for him, especially because you get to show as much as you want and in whatever classes you want to. I started him the first week in the 1.35m and realized right away he’s good. Then the next class he won already; I kept stepping him up.
“It was a pretty big course today, especially for a national class, but we could expect it already after Thursday which was a tough class,” continued Fuchs. “Today was even bigger and more money in it, so I kind of knew what was waiting for us, so that’s why I’m even happier to bring such a young horse that’s inexperienced in this level and to win in front of good riders like McLain. Now [Faberlys] is going to have a break for two weeks. Then I come back for Week 11 and 12, and we’re here showing again.”
$50,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Grand Prix
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / R1 Faults / R2 Faults | Time
1. Faberlys / Martin Fuchs / SUI / 0 / 0 | 42.22
2. Caipiranja / Tiffany Foster / CAN / 0 / 0 | 44.14
3. Keoki / David Blake / IRL / 0 / 0 | 44.77
4. Oasis Spirit / Amanda Derbyshire / GBR / 0 / 0 | 45.13
5. Rapidash / McLain Ward / USA / 0 / 4 | 44.87
6. Cadans Z / Adrienne Sternlicht / USA / 0 / 16 | 61.48
7. Toy Boy / Jorge Matte Capdevila / CHI / 3 | 76.55
8. SX Hidalgo VG / Lorenzo De Luca / ITA / 4 | 67.01
9. Columbcille De Reve / Nicholas Dello Joio / USA / 4 | 70.92
10. Firewall / Theo Genn / USA / 4 | 71.40
11. A Toute Vitesse / Paige Jardine / AUS / 4 | 71.98
12. Farrero / Rodrigo Pessoa / BRA / 4 | 72.39