Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – December 18, 2020 – Germany and France have battled for the top placings the past few days of competition during the two weeks of the Diriyah Equestrian Festival (DEF) at the Al Duhami Farm in the Saudi capital. On Friday, it was Germany who claimed victory in the SAR $700,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup ™ of Riyadh CSI 5*-W.
Christian Kukuk (GER) and Mumbai overcame a field of 25 combinations in the 1.45m-1.60m two-round challenge contest on a course designed by Uliano Vezzani (ITA). The German and the 8-year-old grey Belgian Warmblood stallion (Diamant de Semilly x Nabab de Reve) triumphed after completing their second penalty-free effort, timed in 40.45 seconds.
It was a one-two for Germany in the most prestigious class of the week. Daniel Deusser (GER) rode Stephex Stables‘ Scuderia 1918 Tobago Z (Tangelo vd Zuuthoeve x Mr. Blue) towards silver honors, matching the double clear of the eventual winners and completing their second effort in 41.42 seconds.
This time, France was not represented on the podium since Jos Verlooy (BEL) and Varoune (Verdi TN x Cardalme) earned the third spot on the podium. The Belgian duo registered a clean scorecard and a final time of 42.22 seconds.
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