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Le Prix Sommer on Swiss time!

5 November 2023

This morning, the Swiss national anthem rang out once again in the international arena at the Longines Equita Lyon – Concours Hippique International, as Martin Fuchs and Bastille won the Prix Sommer, a 1.50-metre class against the clock. In fact, Swiss riders dominated the class, with Edouard Schmitz and Pius Schwizer completing the podium.

The three riders played a game of musical chairs. Starting with the race number 8 on his back, Edouard Schmitz first took command of the class with Be Hippy TT, the eight-year-old daughter of Balou du Rouet, completing a clear round in 62"36. The young Swiss rider led the competition for a long time, before seeing his compatriot, the world No. 4 Martin Fuchs, take the reins. Riding the nine-year-old Bastille, also a daughter of Balou du Rouet, the 31-year-old rider masterfully completed the course in 61''59. « I was really happy with my horse today. She's going to have a two-month break now, so I wanted to finish her season on a good note. And it's always great to win here in Lyon. Bastille made her international début this year and jumped her first 5* Grand Prix in Helsinki (FIN) a few weeks ago. I hope to enter her in her first Nations Cups in 2024, as well as a few 5* Grand Prix events », said Martin Fuchs, who holds the record for the number of wins at the Longines FEI World Cup Grand Prix in Lyon.

Pius Schwizer, riding Dubai du Bois Pinchet, finished third with a time of 63"02. The best-ranked French rider was the GL Events' rider Olivier Perreau, who finished fourth (64''21) with Bresil de Carnaval Santa Rosa, the son of Mylord Carthago*HN.

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