Daniel Deusser & Kiana Van Het Herdershof. Photograph © Sportfot.
The ultimate five-star class of worldwide competitors throughout Week 7 of the 2023 Winter Equestrian Pageant (WEF) got here to a detailed 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) closing 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 Traditional.
Deusser, ranked quantity 9 on this planet, produced a fault-free first spherical on each his successful 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) aren’t any strangers to the winner’s circle at Wellington Worldwide, having received 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 she or he is of course very quick, so courses like this are her specialty,” defined Deusser. “If I’m clear within the jump-off together with her, I’m usually at all times within the prime 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 courses and a few 1.50-meters and she or he’s actually excelled at that stage. After I first sat on her I believed she had all of the scope on this planet and I’ve taken my time together with her and I believe she is going to bounce a number of the greatest tracks, however at the moment we additionally went quick which was nice so I’m actually proud of the outcomes.”