Swiss show jumper Markus Fuchs has signed on as coach of the Italian team until the 2012 Olympic Games, just one month after bowing out of international competition himself, at the Nations Cup in St Gallen (5 June).
The 54-year-old Swiss rider won team silver at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, the World Cup title in 2001, individual and team silver at the European Championships at Hickstead in 1999 and European team silver in 2005.
Many of his major successes were with Tinka’s Boy, bred by UK show jumper Alison Bradley and previously ridden by Nick Skelton.
Earlier this year Markus told H&H that he hoped to concentrate on breeding and training in retirement.
This week he said Italian show jumping has “big potential”.