The favourites held their nerve in the final show jumping and stayed without penalties within the optimum time. Ingrid Klimke (GER) and FRH Escada JS won the four-star-event with a confident round and never touching a pole, on their dressage score of 32.70. Jonelle Price (NZL) and Faerie Dianimo followed closely with 32.80. Michael Jung (GER) and La Biosthetique FBW came third with 34.20, less than a jumping fault behind the ladies.
Due to the extremely close scores of all the top riders, the show jumping class of the four-star- event was a nerve-wrecking experience. The leading five pairs were less than one jumping fault apart, which created an atmosphere you could almost cut. There was total silence followed by roaring applause.
Ingrid Klimke felt totally overwhelmed after her triumph today.
After completing the show jumping she showed great appreciation of her lovely mare and during the prize giving thanked the supportive audience in Luhmühlen: “I would like to say a big thank you for a wonderful weekend here in Luhmühlen. The whole team behind the event, the sponsors and the audience have been amazing and I hope you will keep supporting us in the future.”
The win for Ingrid Klimke is particularly special in many ways. Her father Dr Reiner Klimke won Luhmühlen 56 years ago and her eleven year old Hanovarian mare by Embassy was bred here in Luhmühlen by Jürgen Stuhtmann: “It was meant to be. Escada was fantastic in every sense of the word and I am totally over the moon. Without her and my team I wouldn’t be here. With the show jumping we ended an amazing weekend. She was extraordinary, she never touched a pole.”
Jonelle Price was equally happy about the efforts of her mare Faerie Dianimo: “I felt a little nervous this morning. My horse is a very careful jumper and will always try her hardest, so any mistake would have been down to me. The time was very tight an having to ride against the clock is not really my thing, so I did feel the pressure today. Therefore I am even more pleased that we stayed clear within the optimum time. All the top riders were extraordinary this weekend and I am extremely proud to be one of them.”
Two times Olympic Champion Michael Jung had hoped to move up a place in the show jumping but had to take third place behind Klimke and Price in the end: “I am completely happy with Sam’s performance this weekend and we couldn’t do more in the end. The ladies fully deserved to come first and second.”
Julia Otto, organiser of the event talked of an emotional and moving time building up to this year’s show weekend and thanked her team, the sponsors and all the competitors for their efforts: “You have performed amazingly this week and we enjoyed every minute watching you ride. Especially during yesterday’s cross country phase but today’s show jumping too, you made us all smile. We welcomed about 27,000 visitors throughout the weekend – they are your fans.”