Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, Luhmühlen Horse Trials got under way yesterday with the first horse inspection.
Forty-eight horses were presented to the ground jury in the CCI****. Apart from Denis Mesples’ Oregon de la Vigne (FRA) and Kirsty Short’s Cossan Lad (GBR), who were sent to the holding box before they were accepted, all other competing horses were happily passed to proceed to the dressage.
The entries for the CCI**** promise an interesting event. This year’s Badminton winner Andrew Nicholson (NZL) and last year’s Luhmühlen winner Andreas Dibowski (GER) are amongst many world class riders looking to take the Luhmühlen crown.
The CIC*** Meßmer Trophy, where all German competitors ride for the National Championship, is set to be exciting too. Michael Jung, winner of the Grand Slam in 2016 and winner of the CCI**** in Kentucky 2017, will be riding fischerRocana FST. Reigning World and German Champion Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo, as well as Olympic Gold Medallist Ingrid Klimke with Horseware Hale Bob OLD and Weisse Düne will be part of an international line-up.
Besides all the sporting action, there will be an extensive programme to celebrate the 60th anniversary of eventing in Luhmühlen, with the event’s patron HRH The Princess Royal Princess Anne in attendance.