Final results from Luhmühlen CCI5*-L
It was another CCI5*-L win for New Zealand’s Tim Price, lifting the trophy at the Longines Luhmühlen Horse Trials, Germany, on Ben and Lucy Sangster, Suzanne Houchin and Peter Vela’s Ascona M.
In a in a nail-biting finish, Tim jumped clear, but didn’t quite make the time allowed to complete on a score of 31.4, with Great Britain’s Tom McEwen and Alexander Bragg joining Tim on the podium in second and third place.
Tom, riding Barbara Cooper’s 14 year old gelding, Figaro van het Broekxhof, moved up from 11th after dressage and added just 1.2 time penalties from the show jumping to finish on a score of 33.5 for second place.
Lying in second place heading in to the show jumping, Alexander Bragg and Mr and Mrs Ellicott’s Zagreb claimed third place after picking up four show jumping penalties on the final day to complete on a score of 33.7.
Tim Price, eventing world number one, follows in the footsteps of his wife Jonelle, who was victorious in Luhmühlen in 2018: “It’s very special for me to compete here again. I won my first four-star competition here in 2014 and I’m so happy that things went so well again this year. It makes me really proud that the mare has performed so consistently in all three phases. She does have a bit of an unconventional jumping technique, but that’s because she always tries so hard to do everything right.”
The British rider Tom McEwen with Figaro van het Broekxhof worked his way steadily up the leader-board. After the dressage, Tom was sitting in 11th place, but with a spotlessly clean cross country round he moved up to fourth place before the show jumping. With only three seconds above the allowed time in the show jumping, he finished in second place. Tom, who has been riding the Belgian warmblood since 2018, was full of praise for his horse: “He has a very special character and always tries his best to please. I couldn't be happier.”
Alexander Bragg and Zagreb, the penultimate starters, missed their chance of winning the Longines CCI5*-L due to a fence down: “My horse felt fantastic. That's why I tried to put some pressure on Tim with a fast round. The time was very tight, so after we had cleared the triple combination, I felt like most of the work was done and took a little risk on the way to the next vertical. Unfortunately, this cost us the win. I'm super happy to be on the podium and with Zagreb's performance.”
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