Wellington, FL – February 1, 2019 – The $72,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI 4* was featured on the Derby Field at Equestrian Village on Friday, February 1, with a win for Martin Fuchs (SUI) on Chica BZ.
Six horses from a starting field of 45 advanced to the 1.50m jump-off track set by Anderson Lima (BRA). Fuchs led off and stopped the clock clear at 38.85 seconds aboard the 10-year-old Zangersheide mare Chica BZ (Canturano x Berlin) with five to return behind him.
“I thought I would try to go fast, but not doing anything crazy,” said Fuchs of his plan for the jump-off. “There was an option to leave out [a stride] into the last double that I didn’t want to take because it was the most difficult jump of the whole course, so I added there and hoped the others would be slower.”
Fuchs’ plan paid off and he held onto the lead over second-place finisher Kelli Cruciotti (USA), who broke the timers in 40.83 seconds riding Cicero’s Electric for owner Aram Ampagoumian, LLC.Ireland’s Richie Moloney finished third in 49.44 seconds aboard Freestyle de Muze, owned by Equinimity, LLC, while Todd Minikus (USA) settled for fourth with the fastest four-fault jump-off round in 37.24 seconds riding Amex Z for Bit By Bit Group. Amanda Derbyshire (GBR) returned last over the short course and finished in fifth with Cornwall H, owned by Gochman Sport Horses.
Fuchs spared no time leaving his mark on WEF and has pocketed a win after only arriving in Florida ten days prior to begin his first season competing at PBIEC.