Young Horses, Stephex Stables dominates in Aachen
In the first competition of the Sparkassen-Youngsters-Cup 2018, Daniel Deußer with Killer Queen was a nose ahead of his work and stable colleague from Stephex Stables, Lorenzo de Luca (ITA), the Italian show-jumper came second with Evita van’t Zoggehof. In the Final, Luca turned the tables round.
Eleven pairs reached the jump-off in the Sparkassen-Youngsters-Cup, ten of them jumped clear in this round too. Amid a full house, the best riders in the world delivered a thrilling final till the last minute with the crème de la crème of aspiring four-legged youngsters. The Italian rider Lorenzo de Luca and the eight-year-old Belgian Sporting Horse mare, Evita van’t Zoggehof by Golden Hawk reached the finish line in a time 39.21 seconds, which seemed to be an unbeatable result. But the fiercest rival from his own yard, Daniel Deußer was still to go with the BWP-bred mare, Killer Queen. And they really gave their best! But in the end it didn’t suffice: 39.77 seconds, which meant second place. After de Luca, two further pairs succeeded in cracking the magic 40-second mark in the jump-off: Christian Ahlmann with Cornwall and Martin Fuchs (SUI) with Karel VDB. But they couldn’t quite catch de Luca either. Ahlmann came third with the Westphalian-bred grey stallion in a time of 39.90, Fuchs finished fourth (39.97).