Vogg Jürgen's 14-year-old Westphalian gelding Colero (Captain Fire x Bonita) Colero gave his rider Felix Vogg a tremendous birthday present - the first five-star victory of Vogg's career! Just like the cross-country course, the show jumping of the Longines CCI5*-L proved to be very influential. Only three riders stayed clear and within the time allowed. With a very fresh and smooth round, Vogg and Colero held onto their dressage score of 29.0 points. Kirsty Chabert of Great Britain brought home second place honors aboard John Johnston and Carole Somers' 13-year-old Anglo-European mare Classic VI (Calvaro F.C. x India Summer) and New Zealand's Jonelle Price completed the podium third with the 17-year-old British Sport Horse mare Faerie Dianimo (Dimaggio x Faerie Dazzler VII) owned by Trisha Rickards, Jacky Green, and Price.
Vogg laid the foundation for today's win on Friday with a super dressage test which was rewarded with 29.0 points. Vogg and Colero then mastered the demanding cross-country and show jumping courses clear within the time. “When I rode into the arena, I just focused on keeping calm and tried to blank out everything else," Vogg reflected. "That took the pressure off me and also off the horse, which was important. Even with a pole, the result would have been a personal highlight. He can jump fantastically and he showed that today." In the award ceremony, the 32-year-old thanked everyone who contributed to his win: "Many thanks to the audience, the horse's breeders, and the organizers. This victory is extraordinary for me!”
Chabert was the only other rider to finish the Longines CCC5*-L on her dressage score - her biggest achievement so far. “Classic has been fantastic this whole week," she shared. "She gave me a phenomenal round cross-country and she’s a very, very good jumper. It’s a team effort and we go out of our way to keep her in her happy place and then she rewards us by going above and beyond.”
While Price commented that her week didn't start the way she had hoped, the weekend continued to work in her favor as each phase passed. “I was a little frustrated with our dressage result. Faerie is brilliant but also a right little madam," Price joked. "It’s her fourth time in Luhmühlen and she’s already seventeen, so you’d think she knows her job but the dressage was hard work. We had a few mistakes and during today’s prize-giving I couldn’t help but think ‘what if…’. On the other hand, she gave me lovely rides in the cross-country and show jumping phases and she’s always trying to do the right thing. She’s an incredibly nice little mare and deserved a podium finish. She’s also quite pretentious, so I’m sure she enjoyed the prize giving today and thinks she has won.”
Just outside of the podium were two U.S. pairs to round out the top five. Lauren Nicholson and Jacqueline Mars’s 15-year-old Anglo Arabian gelding Vermiculus (Sazeram x Wake Me Gently) started the weekend out in second place following dressage but added 5.2 time penalties to their score to drop to seventh following cross-country. Jumping a clear round with just 0.8 time penalties in show jumping allowed the duo to finish out the weekend in fourth place overall on a 32.7, just 0.7 off the mark from third place.
Liz Halliday-Sharp and The Monster Partnership's 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse Cooley Quicksilver's (Womanizer x Kylemore Crystal) ended in the position they started in following their 29.1 dressage score which placed them in fifth. With 6.0 time penalties after cross-country rounding up their score to 35.1, the pair slid down to tenth going into the final phase of the competition. However, the influential show jumping track played in Halliday-Sharp's favor after they issued a double-clear show jumping round to close out the weekend in fifth on a score of 35.1.
The U.S.-based Canadian pair of Karl Slezak and the 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Fernhill Wishes (Chacoa x KEC Galway bay), who Slezak co-owns with Kirk Hoppner, finished out their weekend within the top 20 in 17th place. U.S. rider Matthew Flynn and A. Patrick and Kathleen Flynn with Merry Go Round Farm's 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Wizzerd x Amai) Wizzerd closed out the top 20.
In the CCI4*-S, U.S. pair Will Coleman and Hyperion Stud LLC's 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding Chin Tonic's (Chin Champ x Wildera) added one rail to their score to finish the weekend in 11th place overall on a score of 40.2. German riders excelled in the four-star holding all three places on the podium. In first was Michael Jung and the 11-year-old European Sporthorse Highlighter (Natal x ARD Silhouette) owned by himself and Brigitte, Joachim, Philip Jung, and Annette Schmid, second went to Dirk Schrade and Casino 80 (Casillas 2 x Viktoria XVI), a 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Freya Rethmeier, and in third was Sandra Auffarth and the 9-year-old Polish Sport Horse gelding Rosveel (Bolshoi x Rosita) owned by Nikolaus Prinz Von Croy.
In the final USEA Classic Series event of 2022, three horse and rider pairs rode their way to the top of the podium in the Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice 3-Day divisions offered during the Ram Tap Horse Park Horse Trials which took place November 18-20 in Fresno, California.
US Equestrian opened a bid process for one event to host the Advanced level in Area 3 on Week 10 for 2023-2027 due to an event cancellation. The bid process was conducted in accordance with the 2023-2027 U.S. Eventing Calendar CCI4*-L, CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, & Advanced Policies and Procedures. The USEF Eventing Strategic Calendar Review Task Force made recommendations to the USEF Eventing Sport Committee who made recommendations for final approval by the USEF Board of Directors.
Concluding the 2022 Area Championships season was the Area X Championships held during the SAzEA H.T. which took place November 19-20 in Tucson, Arizona. Three Championship divisions were offered, allowing three horse and rider pairs the opportunity to conclude their 2022 eventing season by being crowned champion!
“The highest priority must be given by instructors to developing in their riders a correct, balanced, supple, effective, and independent seat for dressage and for jumping.” - “Teaching Principles” in the new ECP Eventing Handbook by the Levels