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Daniel Deusser and Casallvano victorious in the VDL Groep Prize at The Dutch Masters

Friday, 23 April 2021
The Dutch Masters 2021

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Daniel Deusser and Casallvano won the VDL Groep Prize at The Dutch Masters. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.


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World no. two Daniel Deusser (GER) continued his winning streak on Friday, when topping the CSI5* 1.55m VDL Groep Prize at The Dutch Masters in Den Bosch, the Netherlands. The win came on the 12-year-old gelding Casallvano (Casall x Gestion Silvano N), as the German rider bested a field of 40 other world class competitors. 

Fourteen horse-and-rider combinations produced clear rounds over the thirteen-fence track set by Louis Konickx (NED), but four of them opted to not come back for the jump-off. The first clear in the jump-off came from home rider Kim Emmen (NED) on Jack van het Dennehof (Toulon x Quidam de Revel), after a very quick round in 36.31 seconds. Laura Kraut (USA) on Confu (Contact Me x Cambridge) and Geir Gulliksen (NOR) on VDL Groep Quatro (Quaprice Bois Margot x Caletto I) also followed with clear rounds, but had to slot in behind Emmen – Gulliksen being the fastest of the two in 39.19 seconds. Rodrigo Giesteira Almeida (POR) proved Emmen’s time was possible to improve when crossing the finish line in 34.84 seconds with GB Celine (Cardento x Concorde), but on the expense of a rail down on the penultimate VDL-upright. As fourth last to go, Marc Houtzager (NED) delivered another clear for the hosts with Sterrehof’s Dante N.O.P. (Canturano x Phin-Phin), but with a time of 39.47 he had to settle in between Gulliksen and Kraut. 

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping A happy team: Daniel Deusser and Sean Lynch with Casallvano. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

Daniel Deusser and Casallvano followed next in the ring, and the German rider continued his great form from the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington when cruising around to shave off 0.65 seconds on Emmen’s time. “In the warm-up we were discussing a bit the lines from one to two and also the last line – if it is possible to do it in seven strides,” Deusser explained about his tactics for the jump-off. “Kim did it, but it looked very long for her and that was a little bit the question mark for me as well. Should you try it in seven, or do you do one stride more? But in the end I knew that if I wanted to try and win the class I had to do seven. It worked out well, my horse has a very good stride. He jumped a couple of Grand Prix classes and jump-offs very good in the last weeks. Still, there was always something missing. Today he played the game though and it worked out.”

“Casallvano and me have been together now for approximately ten months, and he has jumped a lot of clear rounds,” Deusser continued. “But, in the end in the jump-offs, I always missed one little piece and I am very, very happy that it finally worked out today.”

“I will ride Scuderia 1918 Tobago Z in the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday,” Deusser detailed about his plans for the weekend. “Like I said, we had good results the last couple of weeks and months and I hope that I will be able to present him in the same form and have a good result on Sunday.”

Deusser was happy to be back at The Dutch Masters, and praised the organisers for pulling the event off – despite the many challenges caused by Covid-19 and the EHV-1 outbreak. “First of all, without the public it is different,” Deusser said. “I have to say, that the sponsors together with the organisers did a fantastic job here and even though we have no public, the atmosphere is still great. All the riders feel the same; it is something special to ride here and it special to be able to do our sport again."


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