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Daniel Deusser Wins the Rolex Grand Prix at Knokke Hippique

Daniel Deusser ©Scoopdyga.

Germany’s Daniel Deusser described his win in the Rolex Grand Prix, presented by Porsche, at Knokke Hippique as “my greatest victory” and the thousands of spectators enjoying the sunshine of the coastal town of Knokke in Belgium were hard pushed to disagree.

Deusser, riding the Stephex Stables owned Equita van het Zorgvliet, was one of 19 competitors who successfully navigated the first round to go into the jump-off. Ben Maher riding Boomerang set the early target, with a second clear round in a time of 40 seconds, and despite the best efforts of the many who followed him into the arena, no one could come close to this quick pace.

But this competition included many of the top riders in the world, and as the final three combinations lined up to enter the arena, Maher must have known that his time would be under threat. It was the Frenchman, Philippe Rozier riding Rahotep de Toscane, who showed that 40 seconds could be beaten when he posted a blistering clear round in 39.39 seconds. He was followed by Deusser, who had already enjoyed success on the Friday afternoon when he won the 1.50m class aboard Equita van het Zorgvliet, and the in-form partnership posted a time of 39.32 seconds to race into first place.

It was left to the last remaining horse and rider combination to enter the ring to knock Deusser off the top spot, but despite going clear aboard the magnificent bay gelding Nino des Buissonnets, the reigning Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat could only manage a time of 39.96, and had to settle for third place.

This is a remarkable win at 5* level for Equita van het Zorgvliet, who a year ago won her first 3* Grand Prix when ridden by Jonna Ekberg for the Stephex Stables. Deusser took over the riding duties on Equita only two months ago, with the plan to campaign the horse at 5* level throughout the summer. Following good showings at Saint Tropez, Cannes and Rotterdam, this is the first victory at 5* level, and has all the signs of being a partnership to watch for the future.

Speaking after his victory, Deusser said, “As a rider you are always hoping for a result like this, but you don’t even dare to dream of it. This victory is the perfect finish of a perfect show. Even if I am part of the Stephex team I have to congratulate all the team for what they are doing. It is only the second edition but looks already like one of the best shows in the world.”

And commenting about his plans for the future, Steve Guerdat said, “It was my last big Grand Prix before the Olympics with Nino; he will maybe do a small show before, but I am really happy and he looks in a really great shape.” He also added his praise to the organisers of the Knokke Hippique. “Congratulations to Stephan (Conter) and his team plus all the sponsors for such an amazing show.”

This is only the second edition of Knokke Hippique but with the show offering over €570,000 prize money and able to attract many of the world’s Top 10 riders including six Olympic gold medallists, it has quickly established itself as one of the top CSI5* events of the summer.

The second show of the year to be organised by the Stephex team, the Brussels Stephex Masters, will take place from 31 August to 4 September – for further information, please visit http://stephexmasters.com.

For further information, please contact: press@stephex.com or Gayle Telford, Revolution Sports E: gayle@revolutionsports.co.uk T: +44 207 592 1207.

Champions Meet in Knokke, a Clash of Superstars

Quickly establishing itself as one of the top CSI5* events on the summer equestrian calendar, Knokke Hippique is attracting the world’s most successful riders to compete at the picturesque venue on the Belgium Coast. No fewer than six Olympic gold medallists are amongst the stellar line up, set to wow fans with unforgettable competition.

The action runs from 30th June – 3rd July and competitors will be travelling in from far and wide, with representatives from 19 countries competing for victory in the prestigious €300,000 Rolex Grand Prix, presented by Porsche. With the Olympics only six weeks away and the Federations releasing the long list of nominated riders for the Games, the four-day event will feature competition fiercer than ever with each rider seeking to climb the final hurdle and secure a spot on their countries Olympic teams.

Current Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat (SUI) aboard his gold medal winning horse, Nino des Buissonnets, will be using Knokke Hippique to make final preparations ahead of the Games in Rio next month where he will be vying to defend his title. He will face strong competition from fellow individual Olympic gold medalist Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and will go head-to-head with Beezie Madden (USA), Laura Kraut (USA), Ben Maher (GRB) and Nick Skelton (GRB) who will be riding his legendary bay stallion, Big Star, all of whom have been part of Olympic gold medal winning teams. Added to the hotly contested list are four of the world’s top 10 riders, including World No.1 McLain Ward (USA), who has had an impressive run of form this summer and plans to bring his 14-year-old Olympic horse, Rothchild, along with his bay gelding, HH Carlos Z.

Pressure will also be on the home favourites to set the crowd alight, with all eyes on Gregory Wathelet who is bringing with him a solid selection of horses including his top mare Oh d’Eole. Young rising star Jos Verlooy, Jerome Guery and twin brothers Olivier and Nicola Philippaerts will also be poised to take to the hallowed arena. The Stephex home riders, Daniel Deusser (GER), Zoé Conter (BEL) and Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) will also be hoping to cause a stir amongst the field.

The unique setting and the high standard of support from international sponsors including Rolex and Porsche along with the top-class exhibitors on display suggests that this year the event is going to be bigger than ever. For those wanting something a little different, there will be a live concert each day and the Stephex Club will be putting on extra entertainment in the dedicated marquee close to the Zoute arena. Not forgetting, it will also be the last time to see these equestrian stars in action before the highly anticipated Olympic Games next month.

For a full schedule, please visit: http://knokkehippique.com.

For more information, please contact: press@stephex.com or Gayle Telford, Revolution Sports + Entertainment E: gayle@revolutionsports.co.uk T: +44 207 592 1207