Just like last year Daniel Deusser climbed to the top of the podium at the German Championship in Balve. This year, Daniel partnered up with the impressive nine year old First Class van Eeckelghem (Balou du Rouet x Feinschnitt I vd Richter) – a horse that has only jumped a couple of big Grand Prix classes in his life. Coming into today's final Daniel was on a clean sheet, as was Friday's winner Marcus Ehning. For Ehning it did not last all the way though, as Sabrina (Sandro Boy x Landadel) had a foot in the water and one down in the first round and then one pole down in the second round. Although he kept his position on the top, Daniel made it very exciting for himself and the full house watching in Balve.
Daniel came in as last to go in the second round, and with only one pole down to Tim Hoster who had gone clear on Cash del Mar Z (Conan Z x Prinz-Drum van Bellet) – he could take no mistakes. So, when a pole fell towards the end of the track Daniel had to go head to head in a jump-off against Tim to battle it out for the gold. Well accustomed to pressure, Daniel went in and produced a quick and clear round with gasps going through the crowds as he turned the massive chestnut gelding tight to the fences. Crossing the finish line on 39.98 seconds, the pressure was on for Hoster. But, two poles fell and Hoster had to settle for silver – while Daniel could celebrate gold for the second year in a row together with his team from Stephex Stables. Bronze went to Ludger Beerbaum on Carinou (Carinue x Baloubet du Rouet ) with a total penalty score of 5.50.
Both Daniel and Tim are based in Belgium; Daniel at Stephex Stable while Tim is based at Jos Lansink's. Lansink owns a part of First Class van Eeckelghem as well as being the owner of Cash del Mar Z.
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