Friday could not have concluded in a better way for the hosts at Stephex Stables, as their very own Daniel Deusser (GER) and Killer Queen VDM (Eldorado Vd Zeshoek x For Pleasure) went off with the win in the CSI5* 1.55m Audi Prize after a lightning fast jump-off.
“To be honest I did not really plan her for this specific class here,” Deusser commented after his round. “I jumped her yesterday and she was still a little bit spooky, but today she felt much better so I thought I could give it a try in the jump-off.”
With thirteen of the world’s best riders moving on to the jump-off after producing clear rounds over Uliano Vezzani’s track, it was bound to be a fast affair as the €93,300 Audi Prize was about to be decided.
First to return to the ring, Harrie Smolders (NED) set the time to beat to 43.04 on Don VHP N.O.P. Z (Diamant de Semilly x Voltaire). The four next riders all chased Smolders, giving the win a good shot however their risks were costly and they all paid the price in the form of faults.
As no. six into the jump-off, Christian Ahlmann (GER) rode one of his trademark rounds – bringing the impressive black stallion Dominator 2000 Z (Diamant de Semilly x Cassini I) over the finish line in 41.36 seconds to take over the lead. While the host nation’s Christophe Vanderhasselt (BEL) and Identity Vitseroel (Air Jordan Z x Darco) gave it their best effort, it was not enough and they slotted in close behind Ahlmann with their time of 41.65 seconds.