Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 7, 2021 – Top show jumping action during Week Four of the Winter Equestrian Festival concluded Sunday afternoon with the $214,000 FEI CSI4* M&S/Great American Grand Prix. A roster of 45 horse and rider pairs contested Anderson Lima’s (BRA) 16 effort course set on the stunning Derby Field in Wellington, with just 12 duos qualifying for the jump-off. The competition was fierce, but in the end, it was Daniel Deusser (GER) and Killer Queen VDM who would prevail and take home the lion’s share of the prize.
Featuring the first open water of the season, the wall, and a double and triple combination, Lima’s preliminary course put today’s riders’ footwork to the test. Seventh in the order of go, Amy Millar (CAN) aboard Truman, owned by Millar Brook Farm, was the first to deliver a clear round Sunday afternoon. The race was on as Alberto Michan (ISR) followed swiftly behind with his own fault-free round. Prior to a brief intermission, Millar and Michan were guaranteed a showdown as Samuel Parot (CHI), Ashlee Bond (ISR), Nayel Nassar (EGY), Lucy Deslauriers (USA), and Tiffany Foster (CAN) added their names to the jump-off list.
Lillie Keenan (USA) and Chansonette Farm LLC’s Skyhorse were the first to post a clear round following the short break. The growing list of international riders was shortly joined by Deusser and Swiss rider Martin Fuchs. As the class wrapped up, the final two riders of the day, Darragh Kenny (IRL) and McLain Ward (USA) executed flawless first rounds to earn their chance at the victory gallop.
The 12 riders returned to the ring to try their hand at Lima’s shortened eight effort course. With 60 seconds allotted on the timers, riders were required to navigate the technical track with efficiency and accuracy, all while attempting to shave off precious time between fences.
Millar was the first to return to the derby field for her second round. Clocking in at 46.08 seconds, the pair set the baseline for the rest of the competitors. Michan and Parot fell victim to a single rail each and it was Bond who would best Millar’s time aboard Donatello 141, owned by Little Valley Farms, with a blazing fast 40.42 seconds.
Try as they might, the horse and rider pairs following Bond just couldn’t catch her quick time, that is until Deusser entered the ring aboard the 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Stephex Stables. The duo nimbly shaved off just fractions of a second to top Bond’s previously leading score, stopping the timers at a blazing 39.99 seconds. As the rest of the class dashed around the derby field, none were able to catch up to the German rider’s blazing time.
Show jumping action will resume during Week 5 of WEF and will feature CSI5* competition all week long. Highlight classes throughout the week include the $73,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Series on Thursday, the $401,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI 5* on Saturday and the $73,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Daniel Deusser – winner of the $214,000 FEI CSI4* M&S/Great American Grand Prix
On his return to WEF:
“This was my first time back [at WEF] in 5 years. I actually missed it a little bit, especially when you see everything around here and it is fantastic. The rings are fantastic and the show is fantastic”
On Killer Queen VDM:
“I am very happy with how my horse, Killer Queen, performed today. She only arrived [in the US] two weeks ago, so we took her around here to train her up a bit for the grass. She took it very well and she was in fantastic form. She really is unbelievable. She has all the good things you look for. She is very scopey and she is very careful. When she goes into the ring she has a huge stride and she can be easy and very very fast.”
On his plans for the season:
“For myself, I will continue with Killer Queen next week in the 5*, but then after that she will have a couple of weeks off to rest. During that time, I will work with some of my other horses and jump a few more classes with them.”
$214,000 FEI CSI4* M&S/Great American Grand Prix
- Killer Queen VDM / Daniel Deusser / Stephex Stables / USA / 78.7 | 0 / 39.989 | 0
- Donatello 141 / Ashlee Bond / Little Valley Farms / ISR / 75.44 | 0 / 40.416 | 0
- Contagious / McLain Ward / Beechwood Stables, LLC / USA / 76.76 | 0 / 40.67 | 0
- Hester / Lucy Deslauriers / Lisa Deslauriers / USA / 76.81 | 0 / 40.69 | 0
- Northern Light / Tiffany Foster / Artisan Farms, LLC / CAN / 78.01 | 0 / 40.96 | 0
- Chic Chic / Darragh Kenny / Vlock Show Stables LLC / IRL / 76.63 | 0 / 41.73 | 0
- Leone Jei / Martin Fuchs / Adolfo Jui / SWI / 80.69 | 0 / 44.46 | 0
- Truman / Amy Millar / Millar Brook Farm / CAN / 80.50 | 0 / 46.08 | 0
- Lillie Keenan / Skyhorse / Chansonette Farm LLC / USA / 81.98 | 0 / 46.54 | 0
- Dubai / Samuel Parot / Parrot Horses LLC / CHI / 78.96 | 0 / 43.725 | 4
- Cosa Nostra / Alberto Michan / Alberto Michan / ISR / 80.1 | 0 / 44.428 | 4
- Darry Lou / Nayel Nassar / Evergate Stables, LLC / EGY / 83.93 | 0 / 53.114 | 8