A torrential rainstorm didn’t stop the action on cross country day at the Longines Luhmuhlen Horse Trials, with Julia Krajewski maintaining her lead in the Meßmer Trophy and World Number One Tim Price now heading the field in the CCI5*-L.
Due to the bad weather conditions early in the morning, the cross-country scheduling had to be adapted in order to get rid of some of the water which flooded the show ground. The CCI4*-S Meßmer Trophy was moved to lunchtime and was held before the Longines CCI5*-L.
Julia Krajewski and Samourai du Thot held their lead once competition got underway ahead of Ingrid Klimke and SAP Asha P. Michael Jung with Highlighter moved into third after a faultless round.
Krajewski commented: “I know Sam really well and vice versa, which always helps. At first he glanced at all the umbrellas but quickly focused back on me and the job at hand. He was superb and gave me a fabulous feeling all the way. Luckily he rides so well, which saves a lot of time at the fences.”
Klimke was over the moon with Asha P’s performance saying; “I was thrilled the mare rode so positively all the way round. She thoroughly enjoyed our round and so did I. The spectators are brilliant and they really carried us round the course. Asha is a super fast horse and she rode just as I tought she would.”
Jung commented; “I am super pleased with this young horse. He’s still a little green and I’ve brought him on slowly but today I was able to ride him a little faster to stay within the time and he presented himself beautifully in this difficult course.”
Whilst the leader in the Meßmer Trophy remained unchanged, Tim Price heads the Longines CCI5*-L with Ascona M.
With a fast cross-country round, just a few seconds over the optimum time, the world number one is now just 1.9 penalties ahead of British Rider Alexander Bragg and Zagreb (29.7) with Sarah Bullimore and Reve du Rouet in third (32.1). Price is seeking to make it back to back wins for the husband and wife team as Jonelle won in 2018.
Price, who won here in 2014 with Wesko, commented; “The mare is a real fighter and gave me an ultrasmooth ride today. She’s not that experienced at this level and she can be quite a diva in everyday life but today she read the questions perfectly and was totally focussed when she needed to be. When we first bought her, she was quite small so Jonelle got to rider her. But then she kept growing and growing, so I gave my wife a nudge every now and then and finally got to ride her when Jonelle was pregnant.”
Alexander Bragg was also full of praise for his mount: “Zagreb is always 100 percent committed to the job, so I just have to do my job and pick the right tracks for him. I’m so thankful to the organising committee.“
Bullimore finished the cross country on dressage score, moving up from tenth place to third. She commented: “My horse can be quite difficult and has been known to bolt repeatedly but I finally feel I can read him well – after 12 years! He’s been having a fabulous week so far and seems to feel very comfortable here in Luhmühlen. He was just phenomenal today and really deserves to be so high up on the leaderboard. I couldn’t be more thrilled.”
Overnight dressage leaders Kazuma Tomoto and Brookpark Vikenti retired during the cross country phase following two refusals at Fence 14 and the second element of Fence 18. Out of 35 starters, 22 completed – only four made the optimum time.