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Derin Demirsoy surprises with amazing win in Waregem

Sunday, 30 September 2018
CSI5* Waregem 2018

Photo (c) Derin Demirsoy with Dadjak Ter Puttenen. Photo (c)

Saturday's highlight in Waregem was a CSI5* 1m55 class with a jump-off, that saw Turkey's Derin Demirsoy go out on top. The five-star riders got to jump a very difficult first round, and only five of the 44 starting combinations managed to keep the zero on the score board. A jump-off with five combinations therefore had to decide the winner.

Amongst those five riders was one of Belgium's best: Niels Bruyseels. Bruynseels has had a very successful season already so the hopes of the Belgian crowds were high as he entered the show ring for the jump-off. Aboard Delux van T & L (Toulon x Landetto), Bruynseels went all in finishing in 36,87 seconds and putting a lot of pressure on the other competitors. 

The second rider entering the jump-off was Germany's living legend Ludger Beerbaum. He managed to do what the Belgian crowd already feared: He rode faster and clear with Chiara 222 (Contender x Coronado 3). The German top rider cleared the course in 36,44 reassuring himself of a comfortable first place in the provisional ranking.

France's Simon Delestre was the third rider in the jump-off, and clearly had one plan: Win. Unfortunately Chadino (Chacco-Blue x Narew XX) hit one fence, resulting in four penalties.

It seemed like Ludger Beerbaum was going to take the victory but that was before Derin Demirsoy entered the arena. The young Turkish rider, part of the Young Riders Academy, started really fast with Dadjak Ter Puttenen (Toulon x Vanitas) and managed to keep the speed up until the end of the course. He finished in 36,08 seconds, leaving the wood untouched. 

The only rider who could keep Demirsoy from winning was Portugal's Luciana Diniz. Diniz and Camargo 2 (Canturo x For Pleasure) jumped a clear round, but their time of 38,29 seconds wasn't enough to beat Demirsoy putting them in fourth place behind Beerbaum and Bruynseels in second and third.

Press release from Waregem Horse Week

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