Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews Wellington, FL â€“ Markus Fuchs of Switzerland made his first trip to Wellington, Florida, worthwhile by claiming the $100,000 Zada Masters Cup on Sunday, March 4, during the CSI-W Zada Enterprises LLC Wellington Masters at the Winter Equestrian Festival.Having only arrived on American soil earlier in the week, Fuchs finished second in Thursday’s $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round VI before winning on Sunday. His partner in both classes was La Toya III, a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare that he has been riding for the past six years.Sunday saw 53 challengers line up to take their chances over what was expected to be a difficult track set by Venezuela’s Leopoldo Palacios. The Olympic course designer did not disappoint, with a double combination at fence 9 and a triple combination at fence 13 both causing their fair share of casualties in the World Cup Qualifier.In the end, nine riders managed to solve the puzzle and jump a clear round. One notable exception was Canada’s Darren Dlin and Catwalk who were working on a clear round when, coming over fence 11, the bridle began to slip off over the horse’s ear. By the time they approached the triple combination at fence 13, the bridle had completely fallen off and was dangling in front of Catwalk’s chest. Incredibly, Dlin and Catwalk still managed to jump clearly through the triple, much to the crowd’s delight. There was only one fence left to go, but without any means to steer, Dlin failed to get his mare to the obstacle and was eliminated for going off course.Fuchs, a 2000 Olympic Team Silver medalist and 2001 World Cup Champion, left all the rails in their cups and stopped the clock at 40.90 to move into the lead. None who followed were able to better his time, with Canadian Eric Lamaze coming the closest at 42.55, a time that would only be good enough for third place.For Canada’s Eric Lamaze, his stallion’s incredible ability to jump was a deterrent in the jump-off.“Hickstead is very fast, but I took a sharp turn to the third fence, and he jumped way up over it and I lost some time there,” explained the Schomberg, Ontario, resident who has represented Canada at the last four World Equestrian Games. “I didn’t think that I had the time, so I opted to only be medium careful to the last fence. At that point, it is stupid to run at it.”Results of $100,000 Zada Masters Cup, CSI-W Zada Enterprises Wellington Masters – March 4, 2007T/A: 90.00 T/A: 60.001. LA TOYA III, MARKUS FUCHS, SUI – 0.00/81.55; 0.00/40.902. VENT DU NORD, KATE LEVY, USA – 0.00/88.23; 0.00/41.433. HICKSTEAD, ERIC LAMAZE, CAN – 0.00/86.25; 0.00/42.554. ONIRA, BRIANNE GOUTAL, USA – 0.00/87.82; 0.00/42.915. KIRA III, GILBERT DE ROOCK, BEL – 0.00/85.71; 0.00/47.506. CIM CHRISTO, GEORGINA BLOOMBERG, USA – 0.00/84.92; 0.00/49.037. JUDGEMENT, BEEZIE MADDEN, USA – 0.00/84.83; 4.00/41.028. CAVALOR CATESKO, LAURIE BUCCI, CAN – 0.00/85.80; 4.00/47.989. OBELIX R, LISA SILVERMAN, USA – 0.00/85.92; 8.00/43.7810. LITTLE BIG MAN, LAURA CHAPOT, USA – 4.00/79.84 Email* SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.