Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 14th, 2021 – The air was filled with not only love, but a competitive spirit in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center during the $73,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI5* at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) for Valentine’s Day Sunday afternoon. A total of 52 horse-and-rider combinations competed for top honors, aiming to conquer the first-round track, with 13 partnerships advancing to the jump-off portion of the competition. In the end, it was Germany’s Daniel Deusser and Kiana Van Het Herdershof who produced the quickest fault free run. Following Deusser in the victory gallop was Brazil’s Yuri Mansur in second place and Rodrigo Pessoa who came in third.
Course designer Kelvin Bywater (GBR) challenged the athletes in the first round with a demanding course that consisted of 16 jumping efforts and a 76 second time-allowed. A majority of the contenders struggled with obstacles 9 and 10, which required riders to quickly prepare their mounts for a technical line following a tight turn from a triple combination. Serving as trailblazers with a clear round right off the bat was Pessoa aboard Carlito’s Way 6. The next clear on the course was the unstoppable Deusser and Kiana Van Het Herdershof, an 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Stephex Stables. Quick to also add their name to the jump-off roster was Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Chacco Kid. Deusser produced another fault free round on Cassalvano, making the jump-off list only four names long before the mid-way drag break. Competition began to rise during the second portion of the first round when Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) left the course intact aboard Just A Gamble. Mansur secured his spot in the final round with a successful effort from mount QH Alfons Santo Antonio, which ultimately led to his second place finish.
First to test their skills on the 8-obstacle jump-off track with a 55-second time-allowed was eventual third place finisher Pessoa and Calrito’s Way 6, an 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Artemis Equestrian Farm, LLC. The pair wore a target on their back after setting the pace in a clear 40.75 seconds. Deusser followed suit aboard Kiana Van Het Herdershof, creating the new time to beat of 38.17 seconds. Mansur came the closest to unseating Deusser by stopping the clock at 40.19 seconds, just barely pushing fellow Brazilian Pessoa, into the third spot.
The CSI5* week at WEF has been a success for Deusser and partner Kiana Van Het Herdershof, having also earned a victory in the $37,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Classic CSI5* just two days prior. With his family just now joining him at WEF, Deusser has even more reason to celebrate, including his daughter Stella’s sixth birthday Monday, February 15.
Competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival will continue next week, featuring the CSI3* competition at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Stadium while the hunters take center stage in the International Ring during World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) Week WEF 6.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Daniel Deusser – winner of the $73,000 CaptiveOne Advisors CSI5*
On the course:
“[Kiana Van Het Herdershof ] was very fast in the jump-off from the start. It’s her nature. Today was a big class for her. When I worked the course two days ago we went quite fast over 1.45m, which is not the best preparation for a class like this, but she paid good attention today. I think she likes it here, with the warm weather she feels more comfortable. I was early to go in the jump-off, but I had a very good turn from fence one to two and I didn’t have to take any more risks on the rest of the course. She did a really good job. She is naturally very careful and once again she showed that she can win a lot of classes.”
On Kiana Van Het Herdershof:
“She really tries out there. It doesn’t matter what kind of class I give her, she always tries to be her best. Sometimes she can get a little too excited and goes a bit too fast, but to be honest most of the time she’s placed in front and I’m very lucky to have a mare like that.”
About his family being at WEF:
“It’s so nice to have them here. I’ve been here three weeks by myself and compared to home it’s basically a holiday. It’s sunshine and nice temperatures here, and at home it’s snowing and really cold. Having everyone together here is really wonderful. It’s Stella’s birthday tomorrow so we’re going to celebrate in the sun. Like I said, it’s a bit of a holiday.”
About Stephex Stables:
“We have a fantastic team. The owners, the riders, everyone. Stephan might be the owner but he really lets us form our own team and do our job. Of course, he tries to get young and new horses for us to have ready in a couple of years, but the team is fantastic. Everyone sticks together and the last couple of years showed that.”
$73,000 CaptiveOne Advisors CSI5*
Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / Country / R1 Time | R1 Faults / R2 Time | R2 Faults
1. Kiana Van Het Herdershof / Daniel Deusser / Stephex Stables / GER / 73.97 / 0 / 38.17 / 0
2. QH Alfons Santo Antonio / Yuri Mansur / Yuri Mansur / BRA / 74.57 / 0 / 40.193 / 0
3. Carlito’s Way 6 / Rodrigo Pessoa / Artemis Equestrian Farm, LLC / BRA / 75.55 / 0 / 40.75 / 0
4. Just A Gamble / Adrienne Sternlicht / Starlight Farms 1, LLC / USA / 75.02 / 0 / 41. 28 / 0
5. Chacco Kid / Eric Lamaze / Chacco Kid Group / CAN / 74.54 / 0 / 38.127 / 4
6. Brighton / Tiffany Foster / Artisan Farms, LLC / CAN / 71.47 / 0 / 39.41 / 4
7. Victer Finn DH Z / Eugenio Garza Perez / El Milagro / MEX / 75.09 / 0 / 39.41 / 4
8. Vinci De Beaufour / Darragh Kenny / Devon Macneil / IRL / 71.18 / 0 / 41.06/ 4
9. Kasper Van Het Hellhof / Mclain Ward / Poden Farms / USA / 72.25 / 0 / 41.99 / 4
10. H5 Elvaro / Eduardo Menezes / H5 Stables / BRA / 72.11 / 0 / 42.00 / 8
11. Goldwin / Laura Kraut / Stars and Stripes / USA / 73.00 / 0 / 60.623 / 10
12. Casallvano / Daniel Deusser / Camilla Hamann and Philip Widmayer / USA / 75.85 / 0 / WD