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Fuchs becomes best-earning rider

Markus Fuchs took silver at the Sydney Olympics

(Keystone)

Markus Fuchs has become the highest-earning Swiss showjumper of all times, after riding Tinka's Boy to a second place in the World Cup and a silver in the team event at the Sydney Olympics this year.

Fuchs earned SFr580,344 ($341,378) in the year ending September 30, beating the previous record of SFr352,484 set by Willi Melliger in 1996.

He also won the owner's championship for the first time for the horse's owner, Stéfanie Wagishauser. Fuch's earnings by far exceed those of the best-earning German rider, Marcus Ehning, whose prize money totalled about SFr400,000.

The Swiss bronze medallist at the World Cup, Beat Mändli, earned SFr357,164 on Pozitano, while Melliger on Calvaro was the third highest Swiss earner with SFr227,575.

The Association of Swiss Competition Riders has named Paul Freimüller "Rookie of the Year" for his successes on Himmerdor. Freimüller, a farmer, riding teacher and horse-trader from canton Zurich, managed six clear runs at national competition this year.

His biggest success was managing two runs without picking up a single penalty point at one of the most prestigious competitions of the circuit, in Calgary.

Freimüller's performance has for the first time earned him a place on the team for next year's European Championships in Arnheim, in The Netherlands.

swissinfo with agencies

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