Daniel Deusser (GER) and Kiana Van Het Herdershof © Sportfot.
February 12, 2021 – Wellington, FL – Hot off his grand prix win on Sunday during the fourth week of the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Daniel Deusser (GER) jumped back into the winner’s circle in WEF 5, this time aboard Kiana Van Het Herdershof, owned by Stephex Stables, in the $37,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Classic CSI5* on Friday, February 12, in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).
The speed track on Friday set by Kelvin Bywater (GBR) challenged a total of 49 combinations and featured 14 jumping efforts. Deusser and the 11-year-old BWP mare by Toulon x Starlight VD Hemelseschoot gave it a good run, finishing with the fastest time of the day in 59.54 seconds.
“I had two horses and with the first one, the goal was to get a good ribbon,” said Deusser. “Kiana Van Het Herdershof is naturally very fast and a little bit crazy. She’s already won a few classes like this one, so with her, it was our plan to try to win the class.”
Jim Ifko and Un Diamant Des Forets Fly High in the $37,000 Restylane 1.45m Qualifier CSI2*
On Friday afternoon, Jim Ifko (CAN) piloted Un Diamant Des Forets, owned by Eventyre Farms, to a fast and fault free jump-off round to capture the $37,000 Restylane 1.45m Qualifier CSI2*. Ifko and the 13-year-old Selle Français stallion by Diamant De Semilly x Grace Des Forets, flew across the finish line in 34.74 seconds.
“When you have that many  in the jump-off in a class like this, you know that you have to be fast if you want to have a chance,” said Ifko. “He’s so fantastic for the jump-off, especially when it comes to making shorter turns and being able to jump something on an angle. He’s so competitive that you can come in on an incredibly sharp angle, and he has no problem. He never doubts it or questions what you’re doing. The bigger the challenge, the better it is for him. We had a good plan and fortunately we were able to execute it and it turned out great.”
Ifko has been fortunate enough to have the ride on the stallion for seven years and knows him quite well.
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