Calgary (AFP) – Show jumper Daniel Deusser won the tournament in Spruce Meadows, Canada, taking home 770,000 euros for it. Hessian, who lives in Belgium, can now earn a bonus of half a million euros from the Gran Slam Series with another win in Geneva in December.
“This is a historic Grand Prix,” Deußer said after his success with the mare Killer Queen. Jackpot at Spruce Meadows Feels Great. Commenting on his horse, the 41-year-old said, “You have hopped three rounds so cool and clear and you’re definitely going to have a big dinner and some carrots and dessert tonight!”
Deußer prevailed with the only clear round of jumping. The second place went to Swiss Steve Jardat, who lost his net on the decisive lap with Vinard after two laps without penalty points. The third was the Belgian Gilles Thomas with Aretino.
The four grand slams of showjumping include Spruce Meadows, S-Hertogenbusch, Aachen and Geneva. Anyone who wins 3 tournaments in a row gets a bonus of 1 million euros. If it’s two in a row, then there’s half a million.
As the winner of the Aachen Grand Prix, Gerrit Nyberg had the chance to win an additional €500,000 at Spruce Meadows, but in the end he only finished fifth. The 29-year-old from Sendenhorst is the son of former world rider Lars Nieberg and stunned with his success at CHIO in July.
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