New Zealand’s Tim Price claimed victory in the Longines CCI5*-L at the Longines Luhmuhlen Horse Trials for the second time as Julia Krajewski claimed victory in the Meßmer Trophy.
Five years after this first win at Luhmuhlen, Tim Price repeated his victory in taking the Longines CCI5*-L
This time it was with Ascona M (31.4) but it wasn’t plain sailing for the New Zealand World Number One, who retained took the title his wife Jonelle won 12 months ago.
Clear rounds were hard to come by in the show jumping and the time was influential – there were only eight clear jumping rounds but only two were inside time; both of these riders were from Great Britain – Sarah Bullimore and Conpierre who finished eighth and Jo Rimmer and Isaac Newton who finished in 15th.
Whilst Price jumped clear he added 3.6 time faults but this was still enough to hand him victory.
Price commented; “It’s very special for me to compete here again. I won my first four-star competition here in 2014 and I’m so happy that things went so well again this year. It makes me really proud that the mare has performed so consistently in all three phases. She does have a bit of an unconventional jumping technique, but that’s because she always tries so hard to do everything right.”
Great Britain’s World Equestrian Games team Gold medalist Tom McEwen jumped from 11th after the dressage to finish second with Figaro van het Broekxhof. They also jumped clear and added 1.2 time faults.
Third went to Alexender Bragg with Zagreb. The pair had a costly pole ldown in the final phase which potentially cost them victory. Bragg commented; “He has a very special character and always tries his best to please. I couldn’t be happier.”
Julia Krajewski and Samourai du Thot (24.7) could not afford a single time fault.
The old and new German Champion completed the demanding course flawlessly, as did Ingrid Klimke with SAP Asha P keeping her second place. The third place on the podium was secured by Dirk Schrade with Unteam de la Cense (31.1).
Luhmühlen seems to be a good place for Julia Krajewski: In 2017, she won the four-star competition here, and in 2018 she won the CIC3*- Meßmer Trophy German Championship – always with her faithful partner Samourai du Thot. Naturally, Krajewski was full of praise for the 13-year-old gelding commenti!(; “Sam thinks Luhmühlen is totally cool. He always stands like a monument in the prize-giving ceremony and I don’t know any horse I would rather ride into a show-jumping course with, if my lead was only 0.1 points. The pressure was certainly on, especially since I saw from the entrance that Asha was jumping extremely well. I’m really happy – it’s just fun when things go so well.”
Klimke was also enthusiastic about the performance of her young horse SAP Asha P saying; “It’s so much fun to compete against Julia. We had a full showground today – but when Julia and I rode it was completely quiet! Asha jumped so well and was completely relaxed. She’s amazing. I’m very proud of our second place today.”
Schrade and Unteam de la Cense also stayed clear inside the time. He added; “He touched three or four poles but luckily they all stayed put. I am super happy. We wanted to perform well here and we did.”