“This is a historic Grand Prix,” Deußer said after his success with the mare Killer Queen. Winning the Spruce Meadows Grand Prix is ”a great feeling.” “I hopped three great rides without a clear ride, and you’re definitely going to have a big dinner and some carrots and dessert tonight!” the 41-year-old says of his horse!
Deußer prevailed with the only clear round of jumping. Swiss Steve Guerdat came second, who conceded 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, Hertogenbusch, Aachen and Geneva. Anyone who wins three of these tournaments in a row will receive 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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