Former world No. 1 Daniel Deusser of Germany regains his spot by winning the stellar class of the Kingsland Oslo Horse Show. (Photo © Roger Svalsrod)
The German rider Daniel Deusser gave a formidable exhibition and won the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping in Oslo, beating the Frenchman Kevin Staut.
In true star duel the former World Ranking Leader Daniel Deusser continued harnessing the way to climb positions in the FEI Ranking, where he is currently number 16, but in a productive week he took two important victories.
The class valid for the World Cup Final on course designed by British Robert Ellis, Daniel Deusser with the 13-year-old gelding Cornet (Cornet Obolensky x Caletto I) owned by Stephex Stables, completed his jump-off round in 36.82 seconds and secured 130 World Ranking Points.
With 7 riders classified to the jump-off of 38 pairs that started for the regular round, Daniel Deusser obtained a very tight difference of 13 hundredths of a second against the world number 3 Kevin Staut of France, who had just won today’s first class and now in 36.96 seconds with the 12-year-old gelding For Joy van’t Zorgvliet HDC (For Pleasure x Heartbreaker) owned by Haras des Coudrettes, they settled for second place.
It was until the fifth place that the double clear round spread and Edwina Tops-Alexander of Australia took over the third place with the 10-year-old mare California (L’esprit x Libero H) in 38.22 seconds, beating Olympic medalist and Gold Europe Champion Peder Fredricson of Sweden appearing with the 10-year-old gelding H&M Christian K (Namelus R x Calvados) in a time of 38.44 seconds and his countryman Douglas Lindelöw finished fifth accompanied by the 12-year-old gelding Zacramento (Cardento x Cortus) in 39.27 seconds.
By the Latino Ranking Marlon Modulo Zanotelli of Brazil did not get an effective round with the 10-year-old mare Celena VDL (Mr. Blue x Chin Chin), being ranked 24th plus 8 faults, which left him out of the World Ranking Points.
Today’s class represented the first leg of the Western European League of Longines FEI World Cup Jumping, distributing the first points among the top 16 classified being the second leg next week in Helsinki, Finland.