Daniel Deusser Closes Out WEF 7 with CSI5* Victory
Daniel Deusser & Kiana Van Het Herdershof. Picture © Sportfot.
The ultimate five-star class of worldwide competitors throughout Week 7 of the 2023 Winter Equestrian Pageant (WEF) got here to an in depth on Sunday afternoon with a win for German Olympian Daniel Deusser and Kiana Van Het Herdershof.
Fifty-three combos readied themselves to contest Steve Stephens’ (USA) remaining take a look at of the Lugano Diamonds-sponsored week as ending touches had been placed on the primary spherical of the $78,000 CaptiveOne Advisors CSI5* 1.50m Basic.
Deusser, ranked quantity 9 on the planet, produced a fault-free first spherical on each his profitable mount and his second entry, Loui LN, with whom he completed in sixth place on the class’s completion.
Deusser and the Stephex Stables’ 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare (Toulon x Lys De Darmen) are not any strangers to the winner’s circle at Wellington Worldwide, having gained a handful of five-star occasions within the area throughout 2021 and 2022.
“Kiana is a horse I’ve had for a few years, and he or she is of course very quick, so lessons like this are her specialty,” defined Deusser. “If I’m clear within the jump-off along with her, I’m usually all the time within the high 5 placings.”
Saratoga Steals Win in CSI2* Grand Prix
Alise Oken, representing the host nation, and Saratoga flew across the $50,000 by Ethel M. Sweets CSI2* Grand Prix within the Worldwide Area to shut out WEF 7. Oken, and the 10-year-old Holsteiner mare (Chin Champ x Casall) owned by Hello Hopes Farm LLC, had been unstoppable, ending the velocity portion of the course in a time of 38.86 seconds. They had been the one partnership to publish a time sub-40 seconds.
Oken and Saratoga have a comparatively new partnership however rising stronger daily. “I’ve had Sara for a few yr and a half now. Final yr we began doing a number of the greater lessons and a few 1.50-meters and he or she’s actually excelled at that degree. Once I first sat on her I assumed she had all of the scope on the planet and I’ve taken my time along with her and I believe she’s going to soar a number of the largest tracks, however at present we additionally went quick which was nice so I’m actually pleased with the outcomes.”