Daniel Deusser and his fantastic partner Cornet d'Amour (Cornet Obolensky x Damiani) finished off an unbelievable weekend by winning the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League in Mechelen. The course designers, Lucien Somers and Eddy Geysemans, gave the riders a real challenge around the thirteen-fence track, and out of 40 combinations only four of them made it to the jump-off.
The four clear combinations made it look easy though. Jens Fredricson and Lunatic (Landlord x Utrillo) came in as start number eleven, producing a beautiful round. Pilar Cordon followed as number thirteen with a safe clear round on Nuage Bleu (by Fildor de Largiva) before the audience had to wait to the end of the class before Daniel Deusser with Cornet d'Amour and Jeroen Dubbeldam riding Zenith (Rash R x Fuego du Prelet) also qualified for the jump-off. Edwina Tops-Alexander and Ego van Orti (Vigo d'Arsouilles x Darco) ended as number five with only one time fault in the first round.
The jump-off had several long stretches to canter, while most of the short turns came after the fences. A vertical double at the end of the course after a long canter distance, made the riders to secure it a bit towards the endt.
Jens did a very fast round and even though Pilar did her best to be faster she couldn't really catch him. Daniel on the other hand decided to do one less stride in to the penultimate double and could thus take over the lead from Jens by more than a second.
Jeroen, who was last to go with the World Cup debutant Zenith, decided to retire after getting a pole down. Zenith did a very good impression though, jumping his biggest class ever in a very easy and promising way.
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