Germany’s Daniel Deusser has taken out the $300,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix CSI 5* on Cornet d’Amour at Florida’s Winter Equestran Festival.
Forty-five entries from 14 countries – including 20 Olympians – started in the World Cup qualifier, jumping a course set on Saturday night by Steve Stephens. In a thrilling race against the clock, eight of the world’s best made it to the jump-off and four jumped double clear.
Britain’s Ben Maher and Cella were the first pair to clear the jump-off course and set the leading time at a lightning fast 40.12 seconds. Nick Skelton was up next with his great mount Big Star. They cleared the course in 41.01 seconds. Alvaro de Miranda and AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno, went next and stopped the clock in 40.46 seconds. Their round was followed by a stellar performance from Daniel Deusser and Cornet d’Amour, who flew through the course in 38.94 seconds to earn top prize. Maher and Cella finished second, de Miranda and AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno were third, and Skelton and Big Star placed fourth.
Daniel Deusser has ridden Cornet d’Amour (Cornet Obolensky x Damiani), a ten-year-old Westphalian gelding bred in Belgium, for 10 months since he began riding for Stephex Stables in Belgium last May. After a couple of months off and a 1.40m class at a national show in Germany, the pair traveled to Wellington this winter and jumped right in with week eight’s Nations Cup. Cornet d’Amour was previously ridden by Brazil’s Pedro Vennis.
“I was doubting that it was maybe a little too quick to start with the Nations Cup last week, but he came in that ring and he felt fantastic,” Deusser said. “He jumped double clear in the Nations Cup and was third in the class Thursday and he wins now, so I think he did a really good job.”
The packed house of more than 6000 spectators at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) went wild when Deusser galloped through the timers, but he was very focused.
“When I went to the last fence I was actually a little bit scared that I couldn’t make it, so I didn’t actually listen to the crowd, but it was a nice feeling afterwards,” Deusser said. “It’s one of the best competitions I’ve won so far. It was very good money and in the moment, it is one of my best results.”
Along with prize money, Deusser was also awarded the Herman ‘Kappy’ Kaplan Perpetual Memorial Trophy, established for Kappy with fondness by the Farriers of the 1995 WEF.
Finishing second, Ben Maher did everything he could in his round and was pleased with the results. Alvaro de Miranda had his best result of the circuit and was happy with his horse as well.
Final Results: $300,000 FEI World Cup™ Grand Prix CSI 5* Presented by The Bainbridge Companies
1. CORNET D’AMOUR: 2003 Westphalian gelding by Cornet Obolensky x Damiani DANIEL DEUSSER (GER), Stephex Stables & Pedro Veniss: 0/0/38.94
2. CELLA: 2002 BWP mare by Cento x Chin Chin BEN MAHER (GBR) Jane F. Clark: 0/0/40.12
3. AD RAHMANNSHOF’S BOGENO: 2000 Belgian Sport Horse gelding by Baloubet du Rouet x Elanville ALVARO DE MIRANDA (BRA), Alvaro De Miranda & Victory Equestrian Sport BV: 0/0/40.46
4. BIG STAR: 2003 KWPN stallion by Quick Star x Nimmerdor NICK SKELTON (GBR), Beverly Widdowson: 0/0/41.01
5. UCEKO: 2001 KWPN gelding by Celano x Koriander KENT FARRINGTON (USA), RCG Farm: 0/4/41.88
6. CYLANA: 2002 Belgian Warmblood mare by Skippy II x Darco REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 0/4/41.90
7. CELLAGON LAMBRASCO: 1998 Holsteiner gelding by Libero x Coriolan JANNE FRIEDERIKE MEYER (GER), Meyer, Friedrich & Anna Sophie:0/4/43.06
8. QUALITY GIRL: 2003 Oldenburg mare by Quidam’s Rubin x Dobrock TODD MINIKUS (USA), Todd Minikus, Ltd:0/8/46.05
9. KISMET 50: 2001 BWP mare by Kannan x Furioso II CANDICE KING (USA), Bellissimo, LLC: 1/86.36
10. NICE DE PRISSEY: 2001 Selle Francais stallion by Rosire x Amarpour BRIANNE GOUTAL (USA), Remarkable Farms LP: 4/80.35
11. LANSDOWNE: 2003 KWPN stallion by Guidam x Wolfgang CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Ariel & Susan Grange: 4/81.94
12. SIMON: 1999 KWPN gelding by Mr. Blue x Polydox BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 4/82.61