After a very exciting final day of show jumping in the four-star- event, Julia Krajewski (GER) wins with Samurai du Thot with 41.10 penalties with British rider Nicola Wilson and Bulana coming second with 41.70 penalties, and Bettina Hoy (GER) and Designer third (43.00), after they had a rail and three time faults, which cost Bettina the win.
It was a thriller right to the very end. The show jumping proved to be a deciding factor in the final placings. The first four places after yesterday’s cross-country were less than a rail apart, which really put the pressure on the leading riders. Nicola Wilson held her nerve and added only three time faults to her cross-country result. Julia Krajewski had a rail but stayed within the time, which put her just in front of the Brit.
Bettina Hoy, who was in the lead before the final phase added three time faults to the fallen rail, which put her in third.
Julia Krajewski, who won on an amazing 41.10 penalties is over the moon: “I love coming to Luhmühlen. Julia Otto and her team always create perfect conditions for riders and horses, which is greatly important for us to do the sport we love so much. Winning here, makes me incredibly happy. We had a super start with a fantastic dressage. On cross-country, Sam proved that even on long courses he can easily gallop inside the time and the show jumping was out of this world! He is only tiny, so he needs a bit more speed to jump those big fences, but his canter is very variable, so he never struggles with fixed distances. I am so so proud of this little horse, he really out-did himself this weekend!”
Nicole Wilson is absolutely delighted with her little mare, not only for coming second, but because she has improved so much over the past couple of years. “She has grown up and progressed so nicely, that we now have a very strong partnership going. She used to be so feisty and fizzy even at home, but now she is totally relaxed. She seems much more settled in all three phases.”
Bettina Hoy, who won the CIC*** is still delighted with the way things went. “The fault and misjudged timing was entirely my fault. I disrupted Designer’s rhythm, which cost us the win. But we had an amazing weekend, with three brilliant phases. I could not have asked for more!” Welling up slightly, Bettina added just how happy and grateful she is to have a horse like Designer, and that no money in the world could give her this feeling.
Hans Melzer, German team trainer, commented on the performances of horses and riders: “we saw some amazing sport this weekend, which is of course partly due to the fantastic organisation of this event, which has been exceptional this year. The cross-country was beautiful and the show jumping very exciting. It was a little bit like watching Aachen!” Melzer also announced the plans for the coming weeks in preparation for the Europeans in Strzegom, Poland.
“It was a fantastic weekend” according to Julia Otto, thanking not only the team, and competitors, but also the numerous visitors, who came to Luhmühlen this year. ”We had a strong crowd of around 30.000 here throughout this week – it is quite overwhelming!”
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