The Longines Luhmühlen Horse Trials has announced a 25% increase in the winner’s prize fund thanks to the event’s on-going partnership with title sponsor Longines.
The winner of the Longines CCI5*-L will walk away with a prize pot of €125,000, with organisers excited to see how this will impact entries of this year’s event, especially in the Olympic year.
With Tokyo 2020 taking place soon after, many German and international riders are planning to compete in the CCI4*-S, which runs alongside the CCI5*-L, in preparation for Tokyo. After their great success at the 2019 European Championships, the German squad is planning to compete in Luhmühlen but it remains to be seen who will compete in which competition.
Event organiser Julia Otto commented: “We are excited to see the effect this significant raise in prize money will have on the Luhmühlen entries. We’ve had more international enquiries for the CCI4*-S. As it’s a shorter test with great conditions and a championship backdrop, a lot of riders hope to recommend themselves for the Olympic Games.”
In addition to the event’s on-going partnership with Longines, it has also been announced that Luhmuhlen will continue partnerships with several other main sponsors including LVM insurance agency Bernd Bamberger, Lotto Niedersachsen and Meßmer and Charles Owen.
Otto says of the continued financial support: “Most of the sponsors supported both events last year and thus contributed significantly to the great success. We are very pleased that everyone has decided to keep up their support.
Course designer Mike Etherington-Smith is already making his course preparations for the competition with Team David Evans, who are also building the Olympic cross-country course in Tokyo.
Of the course design Etherington-Smith commented: “Both courses have a slightly different feel to them, especially in terms of where the questions are distributed. I am trying to manage the speed a bit better whilst maintaining the flow and so I have come up with some new lines to hopefully make the time more influential. The flow and balance of the course is very important since they encourage horses to jump well.”