byNoelle Floyd| Jun 19, 2017
Sunday, June 18th, in Treffen, Austria, at the GLOCK Horse Performance Center, there was not one, but two winners of the much-anticipated CSI5* Grand Prix. Highly unusual, and rarely seen, Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs and Steve Guerdat shared the podium under the shadow of the Austrian Alps.
The GLOCK Horse show is rather unique, riddled with celebrities, hosting nightly concerts (with the likes of Robbie Williams and Cher), and held biannually, GLOCK attracts the best riders, not just for the equestrian activities but also the entertainment. And now, with this weekend’s Grand Prix tie, GLOCK has earned one more reason to stand apart from the rest.
And, as it happens, Guerdat and Fuchs don’t just have Sunday’s victory in common. Here are eight more things these elite Swiss riders share….
- Both Steve and Martin come from a family of equestrians. Martin’s father, Thomas Fuchs, represented Switzerland in show jumping at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. Martin’s Uncle Markus acted as chef d’equipe for the Swiss equestrian team at the 2012 Games in London, and won a team silver medal in show jumping at the 2000 Olympic Games. His mother, Renata, competed in elite riding events and was Swiss champion in 1990. Steve’s father, Philippe Guerdat, rode at the international level and has served as coach of the French and Belgian equestrian teams.
- Both men’s horses, Corbinian and Clooney 51, are not only both sons of Cornet Obolensky and both eleven years old, they also share the same owner. It’s a story that even the two winners themselves can scarcely believe.
- Coincidently, Fuchs’ idol is Steve Guerdat and Steve Guerdat’s idol is Martin’s father, Thomas Fuchs.
- Steve and Martin have had their fair share of injuries in the past. Martin broke his nose in January after winning a class with Chaplin, he returned to competition by winning with his Olympic partner Clooney at the Longines Masters of Hong Kong. In 2013, Guerdat was kicked in the knee by a horse at a World Cup show in Bordeaux, France, but refused to stop riding despite medical advice to rest.
- Martin and Steve are neighbors! In January 2016, Martin took over his uncle’s stables in Wangl, Switzerland. This allows him to regularly drive over to Steve’s new stables, in Elgg, roughly 45 minutes away.
- Both men seem to be over-achievers, both making their Olympic debuts in their early 20s. Last year, Martin made his at the age of 25, at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Guerdat made his Olympic debut at the age of 22, at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
- Martin and Steve have no doubt bonded over their mutual love for gold. Steve Guerdat won Individual Olympic gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, while Martin Fuchs won Team Gold at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
- There is a first time for everything! We couldn’t find any evidence that either Steve Guerdat or Martin Fuchs have ever shared first place in a major Grand Prix event in either of their careers. That ended Sunday when they jumped off to earn the exact same time of 49.43 seconds—very rare indeed!
-Photo credits: Lucio Landa,