Daniel Deusser (GER) rocketed up to third on the Western European League leaderboard and booked his ticket to the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final in Gothenburg, Sweden next April when posting his second win of the 2018/2019 qualifying season at Madrid in Spain today. He topped the line-up at the €161,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ – IFEMA Grand Prix of Madrid CSI 5* W with Calisto Blue in Verona (ITA) last month, and in today’s sixth round of the 13-leg series he steered Tobago Z to the quickest time in a tension-filled 10-horse jump-off to take maximum points once again.
Runner-up was World No. 2 Steve Guerdat (SUI) who has now forged a significant lead on the league table, and third place went to Irma Karlsson (SWE), one of three Swedish riders to make it into the decisive round.
Irma Karlsson (SWE) & Ida van de Bisschop
Karlsson (SWE) led the way against the clock with a beautifully-ridden, fast and accurate ride on the lovely 10-year-old mare Ida van de Bisschop (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Papillon Rouge ) to set a strong target in 48.28 seconds.
Daniel Deusser (GER) & Tobago Z
But it was like watching a piece of precision engineering as Stephex Stables’ handsome 10-year-old chestnut Zangersheide stallion (Tangelo vd Zuuthoeve x Mr. Blue) shaved 1.55 seconds off that with effortless ease when fifth to go.
“We found a good rhythm from the first to the second, and it lasted to the very end of the course. Tobago is very careful and very scopey, and he’s not a hot horse so that really helps in the jump-off because he never rushes even when he’s under pressure – you get the same jump whether you are going fast or slow” the German rider explained.
Having set the standard at 46.73 seconds, the 2014 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ champion then had to sit it out as the remaining five took their turn over Javier Trenor’s shortened track. Niels Bruynseels (BEL) slotted in behind Karlsson when clear with his exciting nine-year-old Delux van T&L in 48.42, and when both his Belgian compatriot Pieter Devos and Claire Z, winner at last weekend’s leg in Stuttgart, and Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann and Toveks Mary Lou left a pole on the floor, it was still all to play for with two left to run.
Steve Guerdat (SUI) & Ulysse des Forets
Guerdat looked well set to challenge for the lead with his 10-year-old mare Ulysse des Forets (Col Canto x Le Tot de Semilly). However a wider turn to the double three from home may have cost valuable fractions of seconds, so when the pair broke the beam in 47.12 then only the reigning European individual champion, Sweden’s Peder Fredricson, stood between Deusser and his second success of the season.
Fredricson was fully focused as he set sail with H&M Christian K, but an unscheduled stop at the third fence put paid to his chances and when the pair completed with a total of 16 faults they lined up in tenth place.
Daniel Deusser (GER) & Tobago Z during the awards ceremony
Deusser, currently world no. 7, was really pleased with his horse’s performance. “Tobago has developed very well this year. His first World Cup was in Bordeaux in February and he has done a few Grand Prix classes and is showing a lot of promise for the future” he said. He intends taking either Tobago or Calisto Blue to Gothenburg – “you ride your best at the Final!” he pointed out.
With 40 points now on the board he looks set to be inside the top-18 who make the cut from the Western European League for the Longines 2019 Final even though there are another seven legs left to go. Pieter Devos has 49 so is also well on his way while double-champion Guerdat, who has collected points at all six legs to date while riding four different horses, is in full command at the top of the table with a big tally of 58.
The action stays in Spain for the next leg of the Western European League, with the port city of La Coruña in Galicia playing host next weekend.
Place / Rider / Country / Horse / Faults / Time
1. Daniel Deusser (GER) & Tobago Z – 0/0 46.73
2. Steve Guerdat (SUI) & Ulysse des Forets – 0/0 47.12
3. Irma Karlsson (SWE) & Ida van de Bisschop – 0/0 48.28;
4. Niels Bruynseels (BEL) & Delux van T&L – 0/0 48.42;
5. François Mathy Jr. (BEL) & Uno de la Roque – 0/0 49.48;
6. Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) & Toveks mary Lou – 0/4 47.64;
7. Pieter Devos (BEL) & Claire Z – 0/4 49.21;
8. Eric van der Vleuten (NED) & Zigali PS – 0/8 48.08;
9. Wil Vermeir (BEL) & Iq van het Steentje – 0/8 48.41;
10. Peder Fredricson (SWE) & H&M Christian K – 0/16 65.43.
Full Result here.
Source: Press release by Louise Parkes for FEI – Fédération Equestre Internationale
Photos: © FEI / Lukas Kowalski
Categories: Longines FEI World Cup Jumping