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Daniel Deusser delivers a popular home win in the RWE Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia at CHIO Aachen

Friday, 19 July 2019
CHIO Aachen 2019

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Daniel Deusser and Killer Queen VDM won the RWE Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia at CHIO Aachen. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.


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Daniel Deusser (GER) gave the home crowds a win in Friday’s 1.60m RWE Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia. Riding the 9-year-old Killer Queen VDM (Eldorado v. Zeshoek x For Pleasure), Deusser blew the competition aside with over a second separating him from runner-up Olivier Philippaerts (BEL) and H&M Cue Channa (Cardento x Robin Z). 

A total of twelve riders in this Grand Prix qualifier moved on to the second round against the clock, but as Lorenzo De Luca (ITA) opted not to return eleven where left to battle it out for the top honours. Three of them carried a time penalty, the rest were on a clean sheet. 

As usual the Grand Prix qualifier was a tricky one, and it was especially the open water and triple combination that caused trouble. “To be honest it is really difficult to explain,” Daniel Deusser answered when asked why the horses jumped the open water very high and spooky today. “It was the same jump as yesterday, but in a different direction. Even my horse that normally is a very good water jumper and that has trained the water jump, jumped it higher today that usual. I don’t know if it’s because of the grass, because we jump too much on sand arenas and don’t practice this enough – but the water jump itself was not dangerous, nor a very big or long water jump. However, somehow today – away from the entrance – the horses jumped it worse than yesterday.”

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Runners-up Olivier Philippaerts and H&M Cue Channa. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

The first double clear in the competition came from Eduardo Alvarez Aznar (ESP) and Seringat (Chef Rouge x Guillaume Tell), but they were quickly overtaken by Willem Greve (NED) on the powerful Carambole (Cassini x Concerto 4) that in 46.46 seconds took over the lead. That was short-lived though, as Luciana Diniz (POR) and Vertigo du Desert (Mylord Carthago HN x Robin II Z) shaved the time down to 46.42 as next to go only to be pushed down from the top of the score board by Olivier Philippaerts and H&M Cue Channa as the two crossed the finish line in 45.79 seconds. 

With four to go, Daniel Deusser and Killer Queen VDM entered the ring. Cheered on by the Aachen-crowds, Deusser went for it – managing to get the time down to 44.65 seconds. 

None of the three riders to come could catch Deusser. Closest came Niels Bruynseels (BEL) and Jenson van ‘t Meulenhof (Vagabond de la Pomme x Quidam de Revel) in 47.09 seconds, settling into fifth place. 

“In my opinion, Killer Queen is a horse for the big classes and for the high level,” Deusser said after his win with the 9-year-old mare. “I said that last year already when she was Best Horse in the Youngster Cup here, but from those hopes to really have the results there is a long way. I am really happy that she proves that she can jump the big classes like this.”

Deusser has had a great weekend at CHIO Aachen qualifying for the Rolex Grand Prix with three different horses, and revealed that Scuderia 1918 Tobago Z will be his partner for Sunday’s big test.

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