Former World No. 1 Daniel Deusser of Germany lifted the Loingines Grand Prix Cup to be the best in the class with his horse Cornet D’Amour. (Photo © Sportfot)
German rider Daniel Deusser was the best of the Longines Grand Prix in Paris, concluding the CSI5* Longines Masters of Paris week.
Representing the first of three legs in which the Longines Masters is divided with Paris, Hong Kong and New York, the former world number 1 and current world number 14 Daniel Deusser marked an impressive pace with his 14-year-old gelding Cornet D’Amour (Cornet Obolensky x Damiani) owned by Stephex Stables, dominating the tiebreaker round.
After completing the course designed by Dutchman Louis Konickx in 37.95 seconds, Daniel Deusser lifted the Cup and secured 150 World Ranking Points with his victory plus a €99,000 prize of the €300,000 awarded by the Gran Prix, thus achieving an adjusted advantage of 13 hundredths of seconds against another former world number one with Simon Delestre from Francia, appearing with the 12-year-old gelding Hermes Ryan (Hugo Gesmeray x Ryon d’Anzex) in 38.08 seconds.
The best Pan American Ranking representative was the American rider Lauren Hough with her 13-year-old mare Ohlala (Orlando x Cardento), being the third of seven double clear round that would finish in the Grand Prix in a time of 38.62 seconds.
The top 5 in Paris were completed by Penelope Leprevost with the 12-year-old stallion Vagabond de la Pomme (Vigo D Arsouilles Stx x For Pleasure) occupying fourth place, stopping her time in 39.83 seconds and for fifth place Maikel van der Vleuten from Holland, recorded 39.88 seconds with the 11-year-old gelding Salomon (Stolzenberg x Aramis).
The best seed of the class was the world number 1 Kent Farrington of the United States, who also got his pass to the tiebreaker, but ultimately those who did not achieve a perfect round would ending in 8 fouls, with his 10-year-old gelding Creedance (Lord Z x Notaris) in 8 fouls and 49.24 seconds.
By Latino Ranking Colombian rider Carlos Lopez participated along with the 9-year-old mare Ulhane de Conde (Jarnac x Corland), but it was not his best day to be eliminated.