Pius Schwizer wins the Longines FEI World Cup qualifier in Zürich on Toulago

 Suspense, emotion, entertainment!

The Course designer Gerard Lachat created a sequence that increased in difficulty as it progressed and required forward riding from beginning to end. The Swiss rider Pius Schwizer talking about his winning ride, the nine year old  Toulago  (Toulon x Carthago),said - “we bought the horse at the PSI Auction as a six-year-old.  Karin Haber, who owns the horse, rode it for a while before I noticed it had a lot of potential.  I tried the horse for the first time on the Saturday morning of CSIO St Gallen last year and it has been a success ever since. We finished second in the Grand Prix at Humlikon, and 10th in the Global Champions Tour legs at Valkenswaard and Lausanne, so 2013 was a great year for us!”

In second-placed was British rider Joe Clee with the talented Diablesse de Muze (Baloubet du Rouet x Nabab de Reve).  The 36-year-old rider explained:  “I worked in the South of England for a while and rode at national Grand Prix level there, but I came to Belgium ten years ago to try to make my way in the sport because it wasn't easy to get the chances at home, It’s not easy in Europe either but I'm very fortunate to have the support of Ludwig and Jasmin Criel now for the last six years”.

Regarding his horse the talented Diablesse de Muze (Baloubet du Rouet x Nabab de Reve) he said, “we saw Diablesse when she was just coming five and bought her - she’s now 11.  We have quite a nice string of horses that we have produced ourselves, and I’m really ambitious for Diablesse so we will keep going and see where we can get with her.  I’m really lucky with my owners because they are in it for the sport - it’s their hobby and their passion!”

In third place Christian Ahlmann  on Aragon Z (Askari x Kolibri).

Result:  1. Toulago (Pius Schwizer) SUI 0/0 34.65; 2, Diablesse de Muze (Joe Clee) Great Britain 0/0 34.79; 3, Aragon Z (Christian Ahlmann) GER 0/0 35.46; 4, Pour le Poussage (Oliver Lazarus) RSA 0/4 34.47; 5, Pablo de Virton (Jane Richard Philips) SUI 0/4 35.34; 6, Estoy Aqui de Muze HDC (K Staut) FRA 0/4 35.87; 7, Castlefield Eclipse (Paul Estermann) SUI 0/4 38.38; 8, Lacrimoso 3 HDC (Patrice Delaveau) FRA 0/8 33.17; 9, Plot Blue (Marcus Ehning) GER 0/8 35.55; 10, VDL Zapatero (Jessica Kuerten) IRL 1/63.20; 10, Leonie W (Lars Nieberg) GER 1/63.20; 12, Tinka's Serenade (Billy Twomey) IRL 1/63.57.