Former World Ranking leader Daniel Deusser of Germany started the last week of the year with CSI5* Jumping Mechelen’s first victory by dominating Léon Melchior. (Photo © Jumping Mechelen)
The world number 20 Daniel Deusser showed the way in the CSI5* Jumping Mechelen to mark the beginning of the week with his victory.
Whit a total of 30 pairs on course designed by Belgian Eddy Geysemans, had an emotional jump-off round with 10 classified riders and led by former World Ranking leader Daniel Deusser of Germany with the 9-year-old stallion Tobago Z (Tangelo v Zuuthoeve x Mr Blue) owned by Jonas BELLEMANS, Stephex Stables.
Rounding out a fasted jump-off round, Daniel Deusser stopped the clock in 34.85 seconds to show the way and take a 4 second lead against his closest rival, with Rachel Steffen of Belgium finishing second with the 12-year-old stallion Uncanto di Villagana (Canturo x Acord II) in 38.45 seconds, during the disputed of €24,600 Leon Melchior, special class for the Zangersheide Stallions.
For third place Damien Haelterman of Belgium accompanied by the 10-yeafr-old stallion Hooligan de Laubry (Clinton I x Skippy II) registered a time of 39.34 seconds, while the last double clear round was for Jack Whitaker of Great Britain in time of 41.17 seconds with 8-year-old stallion Valmy de la Lande (Mylord Carthago x Starter).
The best time of the jumo-off ended up in the hands of the home rider and world number 10 Gregory Wathelet, but could not take advantage of the 33.06 seconds achieved with his 9-year-old stallion MJT Nevados S (Calvados Z x Romualdo Kwpn), knocking down a fence and finishing in fifth place.