Germany’s Daniel Deusser has taken out the Rolex Grand Prix at Indoor Brabant in The Netherlands, ahead of the British pair of Michael Whitaker in second and Scott Brash in third.
On a Louis Koninckx designed course which offered a great deal of variation, 40 starters were reduced to 16 to go through to the jump-off.
Michael Whitaker and Viking led for much of the jump-off. Third to go, his time of 34.97 was good enough to hold off all challengers including Scott Brash riding Hello Santos who got close with 35.15, but it was not until Deusser and Cornet d’Amour entered the arena that Whitaker’s time was seriously threatened. Deusser posted a speedy time of 33.69, and takes home €87,500 for the win.
Although a German national, Deusser has been based in the Netherlands and Belgium for many years, and Indoor Brabant has virtually become his home show; the support he enjoyed from the packed crowds when he entered the ring was on a similar level to that given to the home riders. And in the end, home advantage paid off, as Whitaker could only sit back and watch as Deusser took more than a second off his time to win the Rolex Grand Prix title.
One of Europe’s most prestigious indoor shows, Indoor Brabant is staged in the historic city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch in southern Netherlands. With its spectacular cathedral and pedestrianised streets, the city is a popular destination for the Dutch people, and this spirit of admiration for the city extends into the horse show, where capacity crowds of 7,000 spectators flood in to watch world class sport that extends late into the night over four days.
The show’s 48 year history, coupled with it geographical position in the heart of Western Europe, regularly attracts a collection of the world’s greatest competitors. And in 2015, no less than 16 of the Top 20 ranked riders were competing for the Rolex Grand Prix title, including World Number 1 Scott Brash, and Rolex Testimonees Kevin Staut and Steve Guerdat, ranked 6th and 10th respectively.
Rolex and the Indoor Brabant continue to enjoy a long and rewarding relationship, and in 2014 Rolex became a Main Partner and title sponsor of the Grand Prix, which enabled the show to strengthen its position on the international show jumping circuit.
Over the years, the show has grown in size and now has two arenas staging international and national show jumping and dressage competitions.
The Organising Committee of Indoor Brabant also invited three of the graduates from the Rolex supported Young Riders Academy, a joint initiative developed by the European Equestrian Federation (EEF) and the International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC) to identify and nurture the next generation of talented riders. Ireland’s Bertram Allen, Chantal Müller from Switzerland and Monika Martini from Greece, were invited to compete in a number of International competitions over the four days, with Allen riding in the Rolex Grand Prix.
The Young Riders Academy is currently selecting the six riders aged 18-23 years old for 2015 who will receive not only special training from some of the leading names in the sport, but also guidance on business, sponsorship and dealing with the media. These highly talented individuals are also given invitations to several international shows.