Clooney och Martin Fuchs Foto: Kim C Lundin

EM-guldmedaljören skadad – kämpar för hans liv

Martin Fuchs superhäst och EM-guldhäst Clooney är svårt skadad och man kämpar nu för att åtminstone kunna ge honom ett liv som pensionär  – tävlingskarriären är definitivt över.

Schweiziska världstvåan och europamästaren Martin Fuchs har förlorat sin bästa tävlingshäst. På måndagsmorgonen halkade hans topphäst, 15-årige Clooney 51 (Cornet Obolensky – Ferragamo) i hagen och skadade sig så illa att han inte kommer att kunna tävla igen. Just nu är han på djursjukhuset i Zürich där man försöker rädda honom till ett möjligt liv som pensionär.

Martin Fuchs – Clooney. Foto: Kim C Lundin

Förutom EM-guldet från Rotterdam 2019 har Martin och Clooney ett VM-silver från Tryon 2018, lagbrons från EM 2015 och 2017, Rolex Grand Prixseger från Geneve 2019 och andraplatsen i världscupfinalen i Göteborg 2019.

I början av 2018 buköppnades Clooney men gjorde snart comeback i världstoppen igen.

Clooney och Martin Fuchs Foto: Kim C Lundin

Martin Fuchs har beskrivit Clooney som svår och väldigt speciell.
– Jag skulle inte säga att han är min ”soulmate”, för han har ett väldigt svårt temperament. Men han är definitivt min bästa vän, sa Martin när vi intervjuade honom för ett par år sedan.

Martin Fuchs var rörd efter EM-guldet med Clooney 2019. Foto Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images for FEI

Martin Fuchs skriver på sin Facebooksida:
Imorse skadade sig Clooney efter att han halkat och ramlat i hagen. Han skadade sin högra bog väldigt allvarligt och alla inblandade gör nu sitt bästa för Clooneys välbefinnande. Han är på djursjukhuset i Zürich och vi försöker göra det möjligt att ge honom en pensionering i hagen.
För närvarande har jag inte någon mer information men kommer att hålla alla uppdaterade.
Be för Clooney.

Martin Fuchs berättar om Clooney i Ridenews intervju > > >


Foto: Kim C Lundin

Förra året skrev Martin Fuchs ett brev till Clooney:

The first time that I heard your name, I was on a hack in the woods talking to my friend Michael Cristofoletti. He told me that you were an exceptional horse, and that you could be a great fit for me. When I first saw you in person, my dad was not very happy about the way that you looked – your hanging stomach and low back didn’t please him at all. He didn’t even want to let me sit on you! But when you showed us your great trot, we gave it a try. As soon as I jumped a fence with you, I knew that you were going to be my top horse.

Martin Fuchs och Clooney i lagkvalet i Tokyo-OS. Foto FEI/Christophe Taniére

The first time that I took you on a hack at home, you didn’t like it at all. You spun me off; you were insecure and scared, and everything was new for you. It took you a long time to get used to hacking out, to get used to the environment, but I’m proud of the horse that you are now.

I remember the first competition that we went to together, a small national show. You jumped a great first round and gave me a great feeling. Our first international show was at Treffen in Austria. I remember jumping you on the first day and having an unbelievable feeling. I proudly showed all of the riders the video of your round. As an 8-year-old, you proved what you had in you when you had to take the place of one of my other horses that was injured before the 2014 Swiss Championships. You managed it perfectly and you even won that event, which was very impressive. Ever since then, you have had great results throughout your impressive career.

Martin och Clooney vid världscupsegern i Lyon 2019. Foto FEI / Eric KNOLL

It was really scary when you colicked in 2018 and had to go into the clinic for surgery. I was nervous that you wouldn’t make it, but I knew that you would fight through it the best you could. You’re the toughest horse that I’ve ever had and I knew you would be the fighter that you are. You managed it like a pro, coming back strong after your colic surgery. You were great throughout the whole process. You were calm and took care of yourself. At the beginning, I was worried that you would be too fresh and put your scar in danger, but you never did. The first time that I rode you again you felt great, as if nothing ever happened. The first time that I jumped with you after your surgery, it felt like nothing had changed. Since the surgery, you have grown so much as a horse and you have come back stronger than ever.

The 2019 Longines FEI European Championships in the Netherlands was a very exciting horse show for the two of us. We ended up with a rail and we were set pretty far back in 20th place, but I had so much trust in you. I know that when I don’t make mistakes you leave all of the rails up – that’s what we did for the remaining rounds. You didn’t touch a pole and you wanted that win as much as I wanted it. You deserved it even more than I did.

Looking back, our win last year in Geneva meant so much to me in front of our home crowd. You gave your best and really wanted to win, and I was so happy that you could be crowned the Rolex Grand Prix champion in Switzerland — that win helped me earn the title of World No. 1, and for that I am extremely grateful.

We all know that you can be a bit angry in the stall, and we can only corrupt you with food! That’s okay because I know that you are not a mean horse, even if you show your teeth or pin your ears way back (P.S. Do you forget you don’t have front teeth?).

I cannot yet imagine a career without you, but I know that we have many more successful years to come. You’re the horse that has made me into the rider that I am now. You have taken me so far and have brought me so much success and joy. Of course, I know that in the future you will retire. I am comforted knowing that you will have a great life in retirement one day, enjoying what you like to do the most – eating and relaxing in the fields.

I know that any rider in the world would like to have you in their stable or would like to jump a course with you, so I feel really lucky that you are mine and that you are doing your best for me every time you go in the ring. I am extremely proud that, even though your career is not over yet, you have become the most successful horse in Swiss show jumping history. You are so careful and smart, you never want to touch a fence, and you give me all of your best in every ride. Thank you so much for that, Clooney.


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