Germany’s Deusser launches World Cup campaign in style in Oslo; Irish and British not far behind
This past weekend, Oslo hosted many of Western Europe’s top Show Jumping riders at its big Horse Show for the start of the Longines FEI World Cup qualifying campaign leading to the 2018 Final in Paris. And in the Norwegian capital, it was Germany’s dynamic Daniel Deusser and new partner Cornet who came out on top of a field of 38 horse-and-rider pairs from 17 countries to jump into the lead.
Deusser and Cornet raced to the finish line in 36.83 seconds with no rails down to win a seven-pair jump-off (the final, tie-breaking round of a Show Jumping class) in the World Cup event, collecting 375,000 Norwegian kroner or around 40,000 euros in prize money. In second place was France’s 2016 Rio Olympic Team gold medallist Kevin Staut with For Joy van’t Zorgvliet HDC, while Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander was third with her mare California. Tops-Alexander has been getting back into elite equestrian competition after giving birth to her daughter earlier this year.
At the press conference after their victory, Deusser explained how he has come to be competing with Cornet in recent months after the horse’s previous partnership with the United States’ Lauren Hough: “Lauren asked me to help her a little bit with him in July,” he said, “and it worked out good so my owners, Stephex Stables, bought him for me to ride and I’m really happy with him!”
“He’s very sensitive,” Deusser added, “you have to get to know him a little bit but he has great character — he wants to help you…. In the end, he wants to win and he has a great instinct in the ring!”.
The next stop in the Western European League series, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is Finland, at the CSI5*-W Helsinki International Horse Show from October 18-22. There are 13 qualifiers in this year’s circuit, with competitors’ top seven results counting for the overall standings.