German showjumper Daniel Deusser is the current world number one and has been selected to represent his country in the Olympic showjumping at the Tokyo Olympics with his top horse Killer Queen.
Born in Germany in 1981, Daniel learnt to ride as a child but was keen on many other sports and was actually selected for the BMX regional championships. He represented his country in equestrian for the first time in 2002 at the young rider European Championships.
He was based with the legendary Olympic gold medallist and Longines Global Champions Tour founder Jan Tops for a time then in 2012, he joined the world famous Stephex Stables in Belgium, where he is based to this day. Daniel has become one of the leading riders on the international circuit, achieving huge success both on German teams and as an individual rider.
Daniel Deusser, who is often referred to as “Double D” on account of the initials of his name, is married to Caroline, and his late father-in-law Eric Wauters represented Belgium in equestrian jumping at the Olympic Games in 1972, 1976, and 1996.
Daniel’s groom Sean Lynch is a popular character on the international showjumping circuit.
Daniel Deusser’s horses
Daniel Deusser’s Tokyo Olympic partner is Killer Queen, an 11-year-old multi-grand prix-winning mare. Among the other horses in his formidable string at the moment is Scuderia 1918 Tobago Z, about whom Daniel says: “People are surprised at how small and compact he is when they meet him, but he has a great mind – he wants to jump clear and he’s a great fighter.”