Martin Fuchs is Coming to Las Vegas with The Sinner
The 12-year-old bay Oldenburg gelding’s first time competing in a championship setting
Las Vegas, Nevada • Thomas & Mack Center - Reigning European Champion Martin Fuchs of Switzerland is planning to bring his new superstar, The Sinner, to Las Vegas to contest the 2020 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final. It will be the 12-year-old bay Oldenburg gelding’s first time competing in a championship setting, but he will be guided by the experienced Fuchs, who will be competing at his fourth World Cup Finals.
The Sinner (Sanvaro x Landgold 3) was very successful under former rider Denis Lynch of Ireland. The pair had impressive results in 2018 including third place in both the Paris CSI5* Grand Prix and Helsinki CSI5-W* Grand Prix, fourth in the Waregem CSI5* Grand Prix, fifth in the Mechelen CSI5*-W World Cup, and seventh in the World Cup CSI5*-W in Oslo.
At the beginning of 2019, The Sinner was sold to Luigi Balerias as the new ride for Fuchs. The new pairing made their first major appearance together at 2019 Royal Windsor Horse Show CSI5* where they took third place in the Kingdom of Bahrain Stakes. They enjoyed their first victory together at the Monte Carlo CSI5*, winning the Trophy Casino de Monte-Caro, and they continued with a string of top placings including fourth in the Villach CSI5* Grand Prix, and third place in the Longines Global Champions Tour New York CSI5* Grand Prix.
Their greatest moment together came at last December’s Olympia Horse Show CSI5*-W in London where they won the €170,000 World Cup qualifier and beat a top field of entries that included seven of the world’s top 10 show jumping athletes. The win was a special one for Fuchs as he became the first Swiss winner of the Olympia leg of the FEI World Cup™ series in 29 years. The 27-year-old rider hadn’t even been born yet when his uncle, Markus Fuchs, the 2001 FEI World Cup champion, stood atop of the podium at the London fixture back in 1990.
“At first I found him [The Sinner] difficult to ride, but now we definitely have a better partnership,” said Fuchs, who will be aiming for the top spot on the podium in Las Vegas. “He has better rideabililty and we know each other a lot better now.”
A 2016 Olympic veteran, Fuchs won the Individual silver medal at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ and has competed at three FEI World Cup Finals. He placed 11th in his World Cup debut at Las Vegas in 2015 aboard PSG Future; was fourth at the 2017 Finals in Omaha, Nebraska; and second in 2019 Finals in Gothenburg, Sweden, both aboard his Olympic mount Clooney 51.
Fuchs spent much of the winter leading the Longines FEI World Rider Rankings and currently sits second behind his compatriot Steve Guerdat, an Olympic gold medalist who has won three World Cup Finals, and is the current defending champion. Fuchs believes that The Sinner is well suited to the electric atmosphere of Las Vegas and is hopeful he can improve one more spot after last year’s runner-up finish.