Jonelle Price (NZL) and Faerie Dianimo (28.30) are the new CCI**** winners!
Laura Collett (GBR) with Mr Bass (29.90) and Ros Canter (GBR) with Zenshera (29.90) follow in second and third.
This year’s Badminton winner has done it again. Jonelle Price wins the four-star-event 2018 in Luhmühlen on her little but very feisty grey mare Faerie Dianimo: “This mare can be a little crazy at times – she can be difficult in dressage, very strong in cross- country and jumps like she is huge – but this is what makes her as good as she is!” Jonelle continued by saying she never ever thought earlier in the year, when she tried to get back to full fitness after having had her little boy last August, she would be winning two four-star competitions in a row. She thanked Julia Otto and the whole team from Luhmühlen for the fantastic organisation and hospitality and that she is already looking forward to coming back next year!
Places two and three were decided by the faster cross-country time – although on the same score, Laura Collett stayed within the optimum time, which gave her the edge over her team colleague Rosalind Canter: Laura said: “I am so incredibly happy with my horse, who came to me as an unbroken four-year old. This makes it so much more special! We work so hard with our horses and there are definitely more lows than highs in our sport, so we really enjoy moments like this. Mr. Bass tried his heart out for me this week, he knew when it mattered most – I am so proud!”
According to Ros Canter, Zenshera was a real super star from start to finish: “He really gave it his all in dressage, ran as fast as he could in yesterday’s cross-country and jumped ￼￼￼￼￼incredible today – especially because show jumping is normally his weakest phase. I really could not have asked for more!”
Boyd Martin, rider from the US, and overnight leader after the cross-country, had to withdraw Shamwari before the morning’s trot-up, as he is thought to have strained a tendon.
Alec van den Abeele, chef d’equipe for team Belgium, thanked Julia Otto, event manager TGL, and her entire team on his and Chloe Raty’s behalf for the support and help she and her horse Axel Z received after yesterday’s devastating accident. Chloe has travelled home but felt she wanted to express her gratitude for all the care and attention they received from beginning to end.
Thank you to Thomas Ix for all the faboulous images from Luhmühlen.