For the second time, it was Daniel Deusser (GER) who ended on the first place in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup in Malines. Belgian Wilm Vermeir claimed bronze.
Daniel Deusser won the World Cup in Malines for the first time in 2013. A victory he then claimed would not have been possible without the amazing Cornet d’Amour (Cornet Obolensky), who he still refers to as the horse of his life. “However, Killer Queen (Eldorado VD Zeshoek) is on her way to follow in his footsteps” the elated rider added on Monday after their win in the 2019 FEI Jumping World Cup. “She keeps getting better. With some more experience and some dressage training, I think she has the potential to win anything.”
The Belgian audience was surprised by their fellow countryman Wilm Vermeir. He claimed the 3rd place together with the 11 year old BWP gelding IQ van het Steentje (Toulon). By doing so, he moves up to the 20th place in the World Cup standings with a total of 25 points. The final of the World Cup will take place in Las Vegas mid-April. Only the 18 best riders will get to attend it – but by moving up, there is a chance they will be selected. However Wilm noted that he will contemplate the decision with Niels Bruynseels and their team coach to evaluate if this would be the best decision for IQ and himself.
Belgian Rider and preliminary rank leader Pieter Devos wasn’t able to place for the jump-off in Malines, but didn't lose his first place in the rankings either. However, he gets to enjoy the company of not only Steve Guerdat (SUI), but also Emanuele Gaudiano (IT), who ended in fifth place with Chalou (Chacco Bleu) in Malines. The trio has a total of 55 points. Jos Verlooy sadly took down two bars during the jump-off with 11-year old BWP gelding Igor (Emerald). Nevertheless he still claimed 6 points, which made him climb to the 17th place in the ranking.