Germany's Daniel Deusser held off 13 other riders in a thrilling jump-off to take victory at the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Jumping World Cup event in Italian city Verona today.
Riding last in the final round, the former world champion turned in a clear time of 36.83sec aboard Calisto Blue, edging out Belgium's Niels Bruynseels, who finished second in 37.03.
Third place went to Switzerland's Martin Fuchs in 38.40.
Ireland's Bertram Allen, the 2014 winner, ended in fourth place, with home favourite Luca Marziani in fifth and Sweden's Petronella Andersson in sixth.
The definition of FIERCE! The jump-off of the @LonginesEq #FEIWorldCup at @JumpingVerona was filled with thrills, shock & adrenaline! 💪— The FEI (@FEI_Global) October 28, 2018
Congratulations to all our riders - a pure masterclass of sensational riding! 😍
🥇Daniel Deusser 🇩🇪
🥈Niels Bruynseels 🇧🇪
🥉Martin Fuchs 🇨🇭 pic.twitter.com/39YYyv0yip
Germany's Ludger Beerbaum finished seventh and was followed by Austria's Max Kühner, who rode clear but not fast enough to be a contender for the podium.
While the 76-second time limit was not a factor for any of the riders, the tricky turns and pacing of the course troubled some of the world's best jumpers.
Among these were world number one-ranked Harrie Smolders of The Netherlands, and many former Olympians and World Cup champions, three of whom retired.
The FEI Jumping World Cup Final is due to take place in Swedish city Gothenburg from April 3 to 7, 2019.