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.
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Ian Stark’s cross-country course resulted in changes among the FEI divisions on Saturday
Cross-country day for the FEI competitors at Rebecca Farm resulted in big changes in the top three standings in the 4* divisions. The current top three riders in the CCI4*-Long all put in double-clear rounds to maintain their dressage scores from the first day of competition.
Phillip Dutton and Z are on the road to Tokyo! Dutton, the 6-time Olympian, is going into his 7th Olympic Games. Dutton’s first three Olympics he represented Australia and helped secure the team gold medal twice (1996 - team gold, 2000 - team gold, and 2004). The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games were the first Olympic Games that Dutton rode for the U.S., and he has been on the U.S. Olympic team ever since. Dutton’s most recent Olympic performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, he earned the individual bronze medal with Mighty Nice.
Rebecca Farm FEI dressage scores are tightly packed
The FEI competition at Rebecca Farm continued today with the CCI3*-Long, CCI4*- Short, and CCI4*- Long dressage. With scores ranging from the mid-20s to the low 30s, the standings in all divisions are tightly packed.