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Daniel Deusser and Killer Queen VDM best in the CSI5* 1.55m Audi Prix at Brussels Stephex Masters

Saturday, 28 August 2021
CSI5* Brussels Stephex Masters 2021

Photo © Scoopdyga. Daniel Deusser with Killer Queen VDM. Photo © Scoopdyga.


Press release from Brussel Stephex Masters


Taking home the win is something Daniel Deusser did literally and figuratively in Friday night's CSI5* Audi Prize at the Brussel Stephex Masters. With his top mount Killer Queen VDM (Eldorado vd Zeshoek x For Pleasure), the German – who rides for Stephex Stables – was the last to go in the 1.55m jump-off and killed it for the home team, beating Martin Fuchs by just a fifth hundred of a second. 

The home team did an all-around great job in the feature class of the day that included an Audi A3 Sportback for the winner and 100.000 euro to divide amongst the top ranked riders. Stephex Stables-riders Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) and Nuance Bleue Vdm Z (Nabab de Reve x Canturo) finished in third place and Kendra Claricia Brinkop (GER) took fourth place with Kastelle Memo (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Cicero).

Fit for champions

Course builder Uliano Vezzani set a task fit for champions with the number one and two of the world ranking list also finishing in the same order in Brussels. Current European Champion Martin Fuchs and Chaplin (Verdi TN x Concorde) took calculated risks in the finale of the 1,55m Audi Prix that required both speed and the ability to turn on a dime. The pair crossed the finish line in what seemed an impossible time to beat and the Swiss rider could almost feel the keys of the Audi in his hands.

With Daniel Deusser as the last rider of nine to go, the Olympian knew the task at hand. Jumping a truly fast but also a very harmonious round with his eleven-year-old-mare Killer Queen VDM he delighted the crowds by finishing faster with just 0.05 seconds to spare. “As the last rider winning the final class of the day with my best horse, it could not be better,” Deusser said.

Speeding tickets

“The atmosphere tonight was already incredible without me winning. It has been a long time ago since we’ve had the public cheering us on in such great numbers,” the winner commented on the experience at the show. Since Deusser sped through the jump-off the question remained, will he also speed with his new Audi? “I am very happy with this car, and I will try not to speed too much. Luckily there are no speeding tickets in showjumping.”

Team effort

With three Stephex riders in the top four of the five-star class, and Petronella Andersson scoring her second win in the three-star classes, the home team is on fire. “I think Stephan (Conter) will be very happy. Not only with the results of the riders but also with the efforts of the whole team who have organized a fantastic show,” the winner concluded happily.


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