CSI 5*

Lorenzo de Luca & Evita van’t Zoggehof Take All the Risks & Jackpot in €25,000 Safe Riding Prize CSI 5* at Jumping Verona

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He’s the darling of Italian showjumping and always has a smile on his face, so the crowd went wild with excitement when Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) galloped to victory in the €25,000 Safe Riding Speed CSI 5* competition at Jumping Verona 2018. The 31-year-old who is ranked 16th in the world and who finished seventh individually at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, USA last month simply scorched around the course to post the winning time with Evita van’t Zoggehof.

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Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) & Peter Pan

Course designer Uliano Vezzani built a track to test the best, and it was Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann and Peter Pan (Perigueux x Escudo 19), 17th to go in the field of 40, who set the early target at 61.06 seconds.

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Daniel Deusser (GER) & Cornet 39

But Germany’s Daniel Deusser (GER) blew that away with a brilliant run from the eye-catching gelding Cornet (Cornet Obolensky x Caletto I) who looks like someone has poured ink over his grey coat, breaking the beam in 60.61 to take the lead.

Deusser, team bronze medallist at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Longines FEI Jumping World Cup champion in 2014, rides for Stephex Stables in Belgium as does de Luca who was next into the ring.

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Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) & Evita van’t Zoggehof

And the Italian was even quicker, stopping the clock on 60.16 seconds which was just too fast for the rest of them. It was a sensational performance from de Luca’s young mare who already has a win on the hallowed ground of Aachen in Germany under her belt.

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Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) & Evita van’t Zoggehof

“She’s a really fast horse – she’s just eight but we won already a few speed classes so I think for sure this is one horse to watch for the future, she is already doing so well at this high level and I’m really proud of her. She’s super-confident and she loves to go fast – so do I, so it worked out well!”, he said

Asked if there is rivalry in Stephex team which also includes Sweden’s Jonna Ekberg who steered Dolitaire Chavannaise into ninth place with a super-smooth tour of the course, de Luca replied, “of course – everyone wants to win! I could see Daniel’s round, he was just before me so I could see him go and I was just a a little bit faster. But our owner Stephan Conter is here and I think he is very happy!” 

De Luca said he is keeping his “best horse” for tomorrow’s Longines FEI Jumping World Cup qualifier. “Ensor de Litrange jumped just had a small class yesterday as a warm up, he jumped very good, very relaxed, so he has a day off today and I hope to keep all his energy for tomorrow to try our best” he explained.

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Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) & Evita van’t Zoggehof during the awards ceremony

The Italian star is a busy man, following the World Equestrian Games he competed at the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, Spain and then went on tour to Villamoura in Portugal with nine horses who competed regularly over the next two weeks before coming to Verona. Asked if he ever takes a holiday he replied, “no, not many! We went for a few days in Spain in the summer but that’s enough! We are really lucky people to do what we love, and we love to do showjumping and we try to win every week and we try harder and harder!”

Tomorrow de Luca will be trying to take those maximum qualifying points towards the 2019 Longines FEI World Cup Final.

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Source: Press release from Jumping Verona

Photos: © Jumping Verona / Stefano Grasso