Daniel Deusser victorious in front of his home crowd!
Showjumping does not get much more exciting than this; the top 4 of the standings finished within one second and the final rider delivered the fastest time. And that final rider was no one else than Stephex-rider Daniel Deusser aboard Equita vh Zorgvliet, which turned out to be the first victory of this promising pair. Nicola Philippaerts – yesterday’s great winner – started off with a lightning fast time with his 9-year-old H&M Harley vd Bisschop. Could it be faster? Nicola himself predicted it could be fasster: ‘I added a couple of strides too many to win the class, but I can be very satisfied with this performance. Especially since Harley is still a young horse and with competitors like here, I knew there would be a faster combination.’
Eventually, Nicola finished fourth, only beaten with a difference of 0.03 seconds by Gregory Wathelet and Coree – finishing third. World number one McLain Ward could count on his successful mount HH Carlos Z – formerly ridden by Nicola Philippaerts – but he was not too satisfied with his jump-off course. ‘It could have been better, I immediately knew that. After finishing, I knew I would be beaten.’ And indeed, one rider was able to beat world number one McLain Ward: Daniel Deusser.
‘Equita really did what she had to do and tried everything for me’, Daniel states afterwards, modest as always. ‘Two things in this jump-off I knew for certain: I had to be very quick and it would be very difficult to in. I had no other option but going as fast as I could and luckily Equita thought the same way!’ And that is how this pair won the 1.50m competition and had a great final preparation for Sunday’s Rolex Grand Prix.
Belgium’s Jos verlooy and Caracas finished sixth and although the top 12 of the standings were clear in the jump-off, Great-Britain’s Nick Skelton took his time aboard Big Star. Nick Skelton has his sights on this Sunday’s Grand Prix!