Deusser
Wins the
Hat Trick

10 February 2019

In a busy weekend of Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ competitions, Jordan Coyle took his first win, while Daniel Deusser secured his third...

In the Western European League, Daniel Deusser notched a hat trick, winning his third qualifier at Bordeaux aboard Tobago Z.

 

Sharing the podium with the 37-year-old German were Gregory Wathelet of Belgium and Eduardo Alvarez Aznar of Spain, after a six-rider jump off.

 

Across the pond, Jordan Coyle of Ireland won his first Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ qualifier this weekend at León, Mexico, aboard the Dutch Warmblood gelding Eristov.

 

Saturday’s competition marked the end of seven legs for the North American Western Sub-League, as riders from five nations put forth one last valiant effort to win qualifying points for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals in Gothenburg in April.

 

Coyle beat Mexican rider Salvador Oñate on his home ground in an exciting two-man jump off after a daunting Round 1 course left 19 other riders with penalties, keeping them out of the second round. 

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The sedate and pretty turf course rimmed with mature trees belied the difficulty of Lima’s track, which was initially set to be completed in 79 second, later adjusted to 81 seconds.

The 16 jumps looked quite straightforward on their own, but in combination made it all too easy for riders to get strung out or enter at too oblique of an angle. 
 

Oñate, who hosted the León event at a gorgeous new venue for the World Cup circuit, had organising help from countrymen Patricio and Francisco Pasquel.

 

The weather was ideal for spectators to take in the colorful floral course laid out by Anderson Lima of Mexico, an up-and-coming designer making his first attempt at a World Cup qualifier.

 

It took 12 riders before Coyle turned in a clear ride, and it wasn’t until another six jumpers had gone round the arena that the enthusiastic crowd were rewarded with a clear from their host Oñate, riding Big Red, a former mount of American Richard Spooner, who leads the sub-league in the qualifying standings. 

 

On a shortened jump off course that was no less challenging, Coyle rode first. With Eristov’s ground-covering strides, he could afford to be methodical in his approach, and it served him well, as he turned in a clear ride in 40.37 seconds. 

 

Oñate tried his best to beat the time, pushing hard for the final gallop to the Longines oxer at the finish. Though Big Red rubbed a few rails, his ride was clear. However, at 41.96 seconds, his time fell just short of beating Coyle, and the silver medal was his. 

 

Rounding out the top six were four Mexican riders: Federico Fernandez (1/83.94), Francisco Pasquel (4/77.60), Antonio Maurer (4/79.62), and Jose Antonio Chedraui Prom (5/81.82). 

 

The top of the rankings for the Western Sub-League haven’t changed as a result of this weekend’s competition, with Richard Spooner, Eve Jobs of the USA, and Nayel Nassar of Egypt in the 1-2-3 slots.

 

Oñate has made a move into fourth position, having already taken a victory at Guadalajara in January. 

 

Only the two highest ranked riders from Mexico and Canada will advance to the Finals in Sweden this spring, and the top three riders from each North American sub-league will get to punch a ticket as well, joining an international group of riders for the championship. 

 

With only one North American event left at Live Oak in a few weeks’ time, riders will be pushing hard to get those few remaining qualifying points. Saturday’s competition in France completed the qualifying season for the Western European League, after 13 brilliant events. 

On another demanding course, this one by Jean-Francois Morand, riders struggled with double and triple combinations that sent only six pairs to the jump off...

Belgian jumper Celine Schoonbroodt-de Azevedo was first to test out the Round 2 track, finishing in 51.92 seconds with one fence down.

 

Francois Mathy Jr., also of Belgium, was up next, beating his countryman’s time by nearly a second with no rails down.

 

Marie Valdar Longem of Norway turned in a double clear, but at 53.14 seconds, her time left the door open for the next three.

 

Belgium’s Wathelet turned in a crackerjack time of 47.72 seconds, which turned out to be a full second faster than Alvarez Aznar, who rode next.

 

With Wathelet’s finish the one to beat, the pressure was on Deusser to find a line that would let him shave time without risking any rails down.

 

Cutting to the inside after the double combination, the German, who has already won a Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ title, broke the beam in 46.37 seconds for the win.

 

Deusser now sits on a whopping 99 qualifying points for the Western European League and is ready to give defending champion Beezie Madden of the USA a run for the money. Christian Ahlmann of Germany has an impressive 72 points, with Steve Guerdat, ranked World No. 1 overall, third in the league rankings on 65 points.

 

Eighteen riders from the Western European League will be eligible to move on to the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals. Tune in to FEI TV to see who will make it to Gothenburg!

 

Text by Patricia Salem

Images by FEI / Eric Knoll & Anwar Esquivel

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