The first horse inspection for this year’s Longines CCI5*-L competition has kicked off Luhmühlen 2019. All horses presented to the ground jury were accepted and declared fit to compete in this year’s Longines Luhmühlen Horse Trials. Among the many international competitors, German riders Andreas Dibowski (FRH Butts Avedon) and Andreas Ostholt (Corvette 31) presented themselves in front of the home crowd. “I always plan my season so I can ride at least one of my horses in the big event here in Luhmühlen. Avedon feels super fit at the moment, and I hope to prove myself right for choosing to compete in the five-star competition," said Dibowski.
Tomorrow morning will start at 9:00 a.m. with the first section of dressage for the CCI4*-S Meßmer Trophy. The test ride is Miriam Engel (GER) with Bonita Bella. At 2:15 p.m. the Longines CCI5*-L will be kicked off by test rider Kai Rüder (GER) with Colani Sunrise.
U.S. rider Allie Knowles and Sound Prospect will perform their dressage test at 4:23 p.m. on Thursday and Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin trot down centerline on Friday at 2:56 p.m.
Both U.S. riders are previous recipients of the USEA Foundation Rebecca Broussard Developing Rider Grants - Knowles received the $10,000 National Developing Rider Grant in 2011 and Thieriot Stutes received the $50,000 International Developing Rider Grant in 2018. To learn more about the USEA Foundation and the various grants it supports, visit www.useafoundation.org.
For those that compete in a Hylofit USEA Classic Series Three-Day Event, what truly sets the competition apart from a regular horse trials is endurance day, where, in addition to cross-country, riders have the chance to experience the two roads and tracks phases and the steeplechase phase.
“We need to back up and look at the gut,” said Dr. Maureen Kelleher before diving into an explanation of the many different oral joint supplements on the market. “Digestion begins in the mouth. Salivary secretion starts to break things down as the horse chews things up and then swallows, and it ends up in the stomach. We’ve got more digestion occurring in the stomach and the small intestine, and absorption starts to occur in the small intestine and continues in the large intestine.”
The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event (FHI) will host the U.S. Equestrian CCI4*-L and CCI3*-L Fall Eventing Championships along with the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships presented by Dubarry, October 17-20 at the Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area. The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International will award $50,000 in prize money.