Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs wins Prix Salon du Cheval in Paris….

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“Only at the Gucci Paris Masters will you see so many spectators on a Saturday lunch time!” comments Martin Fuchs as he rides out of the arena. “It’s fantastic to feel such a wave of encouragement.” Winner of this class, he also wanted to thank the Parisian spectators for their support and enthusiasm. The well-deserved ovation was so loud it could be heard in the Prestige Village!

The spectators were given a real treat, in front of the Prix Salon du Cheval-CENECA that offered a thrilling jump-off with the 7 combinations who returned to the jump-off. Sixth yesterday night, Maikel van der Vleuten and VDL Groep Eureka came third; regular as clockwork, Christian Ahlmann and Aragon Z were second in both competitions; and the young Martin Fuchs, seventh yesterday, triumphs today with Picsou du Chêne thanks to a sensational jump-off. “He’s very calm horse, not particularly bothered by the atmosphere. Yesterday he was quite happy to step up a gear. He felt so good in the first round that I was able to really accelerate the whole way round the jump-off. It’s fantastic to win here, in front of this public and in such amazing surroundings. At the beginning of the year I also competed in the Longines Hong-Kong Masters where I won the same event – but with another horse!”

In the village the excitement continued. Jane Richard Philips gave the children who participated in the treasure hunt their prizes. Pénélope Leprévost present on all fronts today, with a questions and answers session on Twitter via @MastersGS with #AskPenelope and thus signed autographs in the Prestige Village. Later on in the evening, she will be saying an emotional goodbye to Mylord Carthago. But rest assured, this heavy schedule will not prevent her from participating in the two main events of the evening: the Longines Battle of the Sexes and the Style & Compétition for AMADE where she will be representing Equidia, teamed up with Marie André-Ravaut.

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