First Basel World Cup Qualifier to Martin Fuchs
13.1.2019 – Martin Fuchs has won the first World Cup show jumping competition in Basel. The silver medallist of Tryon won the jump-off on Clooney ahead of the Dutchman Marc Houtzager and the Belgian Pieter Devos. Only three riders managed to finish the difficult normal course built by Frank Rothenberger without any mistakes. Marc Houtzager was the first to achieve this with start number 22, followed by Pieter Devos and Martin Fuchs. Houtzager opened the barrage with Calimero and showed a flawless lap, but the time of 38.84 seconds was not the end of the line. Devos on Apart showed that he could go faster. However, it caught the Belgian on the second last jump, the red Stationata. Only Martin Fuchs remained on Clooney. The man from Wängi was the right one for the attack and the necessary caution, led the Westphalian gelding of Luigi Baleri quickly through the course and realized the winning time in 37.61 seconds. The narrowest entry into the jump-off was made by the Swiss Nadja Peter Steiner. The Amazon, who lives in France, led her mare Saura de Fondcombe through the course without a drop, but lost a bit too much time at the beginning, so that she did not stay within the allowed time. With rank six she achieved a strong result. "I didn't find the rhythm right at the beginning, so the allowed time was almost impossible. But Saura put so much effort into it, she's so good again so quickly." Steve Guerdat also made it into the top ten with Venard de Cerisy. He had a bad second last obstacle, as did Pius Schwizer with Cortney Coy, who finished twelfth. "Venard jumped abnormally well, I wouldn't have thought that I was so well in time. The mistake is clearly on my head," said Guerdat. "Cortney Cox competed in such a difficult stage for the first time. The mistake was bad luck, but I'm super satisfied with it," Schwizer summed up. Romain Duguet and Calder also scored World Cup points with rank 14.
Guerdat only beaten by Mansur
13.1.2019 – Steve Guerdat took the honorary place in the last 145 centimetre competition, the prize of the canton Basel-Landschaft, at the LONGINES CSI BASEL. In the saddle of Ulysse des Forets, the Jura rider only had to admit defeat to the Brazilian Yuri Mansur on Amor after table A. Guerdat was only one second short to win. Frenchman Simon Delestre finished third on Conbelleza.
Billy Twomey wins the "Golden Drum"
12.1.2019 – The championat of the city of Basel for the "Golden Drum of Basel" ended with an Irish double victory. Billy Twomey showed with Lady Lou in the jump-off over 150 centimeters in 44.08 seconds the fastest round and secured the victory. Second was his compatriot Denis Lynch on Dito in 45.43 seconds. Third place went to the Spaniard Eduardo Alvarez Aznar on Uqualin du Saulcy (46.21). Steve Guerdat and Venard de Cerisy also made it into the jump-off, but Guerdat waived the barrage after the fantastic lap. Due to Venard's good form, the Jurassic plans to compete with him in Sunday's World Cup.
Speed-victory for Martin Fuchs
12.1.2019 – Martin Fuchs has won the LONGINES CSI BASEL speed and handiness competition (Prize of Dach+Holzech GmbH) over 145 centimetres. He won in the saddle of Cristo (owner Pierre and Jacques Bodenmüller) with a clear round in 57.52 seconds. He was early in the lead, but had to tremble for victory for a long time. Frenchman Olivier Robert came closest to him on Vangog du Mas Garnier, who was only a tenth of a second slower. Niklaus Rutschi was faster than Fuchs with Fandilot, but the man from Lucerne had to accept a penalty of three seconds for a drop and had to settle for fourth place. Romain Duguet with Cirby and Edwin Smits with Lantaro von Hof finished sixth and seventh.
Pieyre flawless for final victory
12.1.2019 – Léon Pieyre has won the Helvetia Amateur Final at the LONGINES CSI BASEL. The young rider from Geneva was the only one in the saddle of the experienced Zangersheides mare Cheyenne to make no mistakes in the jump-off and thus secured victory over 135 centimetres. With the fastest four-point ride - more than three seconds faster than the winner - Felix Graf from Bättwil and Alesia de la Cense took the honorary place. Third place went to Pascal Bucher from Lucerne with Targa Athletic, two seconds behind Graf. A total of ten pairs qualified for the jump-off. Pieyre can be happy about the prize money of 6250 francs.
Bucher and Realini successful
12.1.2019 – The last two amateur competitions before the final were decided in the jump-off. In the Great Tour over 135 centimeters Pascal Bucher showed Cayman Athletic the fastest lap in the barrage in 32.46 seconds. He relegated Felix Graf on Cardigan Boy with a two tenths of a second lead to second place. Nicole Bruhin finished third with Ladina XIX. In the Small Tour, 20 couples qualified for the jump-off, five remained clear again. Tiziana Realini achieved the fastest time and thus the victory on Quayenne de la Roque, who celebrated her third victory. The other podium places were occupied by Pascal Bucher with Targa Athletic and Jacky Studer with Galant HCW CH.
LONGINES Grand Prix to Niels Bruynseels
11.1.2019 – Niels Bruynseels has won the LONGINES Grand Prix. In the saddle of Delux van T&L saddle, the Belgian relegated the Dutchman Marc Houtzager with Calimero and the Frenchman Philippe Rozier with Cristallo to second and third place. Barbara Schnieper came seventh as best Swiss. 14 couples managed to cross the normal course with 13 obstacles without making any mistakes and thus entered the jump-off. The winner received a prize of 50,000 Swiss francs. In front of 5750 spectators in Basel's St. Jakobshalle, starting rider Philippe Rozier with Cristallo showed the first flawless ride in the strong time of 37.47 seconds. The French rider remained in the lead for a long time. Barbara Schnieper from Seewen could not displace him from the top on the Oldenburg gelding Cicero F (owner: Martin Hauser). The Swiss Amazon didn't risk everything, but was rewarded for her calculation with a double-zero and was bid farewell from the hall with great applause. "I am very satisfied, Cicero jumped brilliantly. From the first to the second obstacle I lost a bit of time". Rider after rider failed beating Roziers mark. Only the Belgian Niels Bruynseels on the Belgian gelding Delux van T&L, owned by the swiss Joël Kurmann, made it - the new best time was now 36.81 seconds. The remaining three competitors failed in their attempt to beat the Belgian. Marc Houtzager from the Netherlands missed the fastest time most narrowly with Calimero. Four hundredths behind he rode to second place. "I've been riding Delux for seven months. He's very cautious and has all the scope. The atmosphere in the arena was fantastic," said the winner.
Victory for Bertram Allen
11.1.2019 – Irish victory in the Thermoplan AG prize at the LONGINES CSI BASEL. Bertram Allen wins over 145 centimetres in the saddle of the eleven year old Holsteiner gelding Casper with a flawless lap in a time of 55.89 seconds. The Italian Emanuele Gaudiano rode with Quinn van de Heffinck just six hundredths of a second behind on the second place. Hans-Dieter Dreher secured third place with Twenty Clary. Edwin Smits with the eleven year old Swiss gelding Lantaro von Hof was the best Swiss rider in fourth place, only three hundredths behind the podium.
Realini take two victories
11.1.2019 – On the second day at the LONGINES CSI BASEL, Tiziana Realini celebrated herself twice as the winner. The Bernese won the amateurs' Grand Tour over 130 centimetres on Verygood Delacense with a lead of almost two seconds over Léon Pieyre on Cheyenne. Felix Graf took third place on Alesia de Cense. In the Small tour over 120 centimetres she had the nose in front with Quayenne de la Roque with just under a second reserve. Second and third place went to Stephanie Senn with Ciano and Jacky Studer with Quick Bambi AS Z.
Schwizer leaves everyone behind
10.1.2019 – Pius Schwizer has won the first main competition of the LONGINES CSI BASEL. The Solothurner triumphed over 150 centimetres according to table A, the prize of the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois, on Cortney Cox followed by the Austrian Max Kühner on Cornet Kalua and the Belgian Pieter Devos on Gin D. For a long time it didn't look like a lot of zero faults. Of the first 20 starters, only the very first rider, the Portuguese Rodrigo Giesteira Almeida on Isolde van de Heffinck, remained clear (in 62.78 seconds). It was Pia Reich (GER) with Cool and Easy, owned by Paul Bücheler, who replaced him at the top position. To the delight of the Swiss spectators, Pius Schwizer set a strong new record. After 59.26 seconds, he led the Mecklenburg gelding Cortney Cox to the finish and had every right to hope for victory. Max Kühner and Cornet Kalua were the closest to Schwizer, but in the end they also missed almost two seconds at the top time. Pieter Devos and Gin D finished third behind Schwizer and Kühner. For Pius Schwizer there was a prize money of 15'000 swiss francs.«This victory makes me doubly happy, because Cortney Cox was recently bought by a woman from Basel. Cortney Cox gives me the feeling that everything is so easy, he can do everything.»
Swiss anthem thanks to Schwizer
10.1.2019 – Pius Schwizer has won the BMW X5 145 centimetre jumping competition at the LONGINES CSI BASEL. The Oensinger won on Balou Rubin R with a brilliant ride ahead of the two French riders Kevin Staut on Ayade de Septon and Olivier Robert on Vangog du Mas Garnier. Philipp Züger (Lykkehoejs Castus), Edwin Smits (Dandiego B Z) and Bryan Balsiger (AK's Courage) also all remained clear and took places seven to nine.
Moneta wins opening class
10.1.2019 – Luca Maria Moneta has won the opening competition of the Prize of the Gönnerclub Pferdesport Basel at the LONGINES CSI BASEL. The Italian won over 140 centimetres with Amethyste du Coty 24 hundredths ahead of Martin Fuchs on the Oldenburg gelding Cristo. Third place went to the British rider Laura Renwick on Top Dollar, 1.5 seconds behind Fuchs. The long leading Philipp Züger on Cantata finished fourth.
Graf and Wigger victorious
10.1.2019 – The LONGINES CSI BASEL started today, Thursday, with two competitions of the international amateur tour, sponsored by Vögtli Festhallenvermietungs AG. Felix Graf and Alesia de la Cense secured victory in the 130 centimetre Grand Tour. With a time of 57.35 seconds, he relegated Pascal Bucher on Targa Athletic (58.76) and Marc Röthlisberger on Cashmere BS (58.84) to second and third place. In the Small Tour over 120 centimetres, Cynthia Wigger triumphed on Schorse with an advantage of around 1.5 seconds over Marvin Meier with Borghia. Linus Hanselmann took third place on Can Caipy.
7.1.2019 – In the attractive field of participants there were still changes at short notice: Anthony Bourquard from Switzerland will be replaced by Alain Jufer. Karel Cox instead of Wilm Vermeir is expected for the Belgians.
20.11.2018 – The list of the participants of the anniversary CSI from January 10 to 13, 2019 is not yet complete. Nevertheless, some of the top riders have already confirmed their participation. These include European Champion Peder Fredricson from Sweden, Marcus Ehning - currently fourth in the Longines Ranking - and Hans-Dieter Dreher from Germany, as well as Kevin Staut from France, Edwina Tops-Alexander from Australia or Denis Lynch from Ireland. Athina Onassis from Greece and Niels Bruynseels from Belgium, who won the 2017 Longines Grand Prix in Basel, will also be there. The provisional Swiss contingent - which may still change - will be led by world number two Steve Guerdat and by Martin Fuchs. In addition, Paul Estermann, Pius Schwizer, Janika Sprunger, Swiss Champion Bryan Balsiger, Arthur Da Silva, Walter Gabathuler, Jane Richard-Philips and Flaminia Straumann are expected to compete.
Start of the new Worldcup season
15.10.2018 – The LONGINES CSI5*-W BASEL has moved up into the circle of worldcup events in this season. The 2018/2019 season recently started with the event in the Norwegian capital Oslo. The 27-year-old Swede Douglas Lindelöw in the saddle of the 13-year-old Swedish gelding Zacramento won the Worldcup competition. He relegated the Frenchman Kevin Staut with Silver Deux de Virton and the Australian Edwina Tops-Alexander with California to the other podium places. Steve Guerdat finished 15th as the best Swiss. The other stations are: Helsinki (FIN) from 17 to 21 October; Verona (ITA) from 25 to 28 October; Lyon (FRA) from 31 October to 4 November; Stuttgart (GER) from 14 to 18 November; Madrid (ESP) from 22 to 25 November; La Coruña (ESP) from 7 to 9 December; London (GBR) from 17 to 23 December. December; Mechelen (BEL) from 26 to 30 December; Basel from 10 to 13 January 2019; Leipzig (GER) from 17 to 20 January; Amsterdam (NED) from 24 to 27 November; Bordeaux (FRA) from 7 to 10 February and the final in Gothenburg (SWE) from 4 to 7 April 2019.
Double victory for Switzerland in the Grand Prix Basel
14.1.2018 – The Swiss show jumpers excelled themselves in the Longines Grand Prix in Basel. Martin Fuchs aboard Clooney and Werner Muff with Daimler made the double victory true in the main class with a price winning money of 330’000 Swiss Francs. The ban laying on them in the Grand Prix is gone – and this against strong competitors. In the ninth event it came true for the Swiss riders. Never bevor they managed to win the Grand Prix in Basel und this year they finished as first and second. 15 were in the winning round, but Fuchs and Muff put the French Simon Delestre with Chesall on place three. Martin Fuchs earned 100’000 Swiss France and Werner Muff, who had already won the Championat from Basel on Friday, got 75’000 Swiss Francs. Both riders will be representing Switzerland next weekend at the World Cup tournament Leipzig. Also in the rankings where three other Swiss riders: Alain Jufer with Casall (8th), Niklaus Rutschi with Cardano (9th) and Pius Schwizer with About A Dream (13th). The Swiss where – compared to the CSI Geneva – the outstanding nation.