Former World Ranking leader Daniel Deusser of Germany started the last week of the year with CSI5* Jumping Mechelen’s first victory by dominating €24,600 Léon Melchior. (Photo © Jumping Mechelen)
World number 20 Daniel Deusser showed the way in the CSI5* Jumping Mechelen to mark with his victory the week’s beginning.
The class consisting of 30 pairs on course designed by Belgian Eddy Geysemans had an emotional tiebreaker 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 in second place with the 12-year-old stallion Uncanto di Villagana (Canturo x Acord II) in 38.45 seconds, during dispute of €24,600 Leon Melchior, special class for Open Sires of the World Zangersheide.
For third place Damien Haelterman of Belgium accompanied by the 10-year-old stallion Hooligan de Laubry (Clinton I x Skippy II) registered a time of 39.34 seconds, while the last double clear round of the class 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 jump-off time ended up in the hands of home rider and world number 10 Gregory Wathelet, but could not take advantage of his time of 33.06 seconds with the 9-year-old stallion MJT Nevados S (Calvados Z x Romualdo Kwpn), knocking down a pole and finishing in fifth place.