As I sit here typing this, I have some kind of colored pen on half my legs, some kind of food product on parts of my shirt, and duct tape and string across half my living room—that is the latest trap creation my three-year-old has made. I am back in full mom mode, and after being away for two full weeks that for the horse girl in me went by in the blink of an eye, but for the mom in me felt like a lifetime, I cannot help but think about what a difference a few days make.
Tim Price (NZL) won the Longines CCI5*-L with Ascona M in a nail-biting finish. He jumped clear, but didn’t quite make the time allowed; however, he had a cushion with Alex Bragg (GBR) and Zagreb dropping a pole.
When the overnight leaders, Kazuma Tomoto and Brookpark Vikenti, retired after two refusals it gave second-placed Tim Price (NZL) the opportunity to take over the lead, which they did by adding only two time faults to now sit on a score of 27.8. Ascona M flew with her New Zealand rider through the Longines CCI5*-L cross-country at Luhmühlen and showed during the course no uncertainties.
Nobody came close to Japanese rider Kazuma Tomoto and Japan Racing Association's 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Brookpark Vikenti (Master Imp x Tullineaskey Butler's Simon) in today’s second half of the Longines CCI5*-L dressage at Luhmühlen. He kept hold of his lead on a score of 25.5 going into tomorrow’s cross-country competition.
Japanese rider Kazuma Tomoto dominated the dressage in the Longines CCI5*-L on day one of the Luhmühlen Horse Trials with Brookpark Vikenti on a score of 25.2. He is followed by Tim Price (NZL) and Ascona M in second place on a score of 25.8 and Alexander Bragg (GBR) in third with Zagreb on a 29.7.
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.
Jonelle Price (NZL) and Faerie Dianimo (28.30) are the 2018 Luhmühlen CCI4* winners! Laura Collett (GBR) with Mr Bass (29.90) and Rosalind Canter (GBR) with Zenshera (29.90) follow in second and third.
Boyd Martin (USA) and Shamwari 4 (27.40) really delivered today on Mike Etherington-Smith's cross-country track in the 2018 Luhmühlen CCI4*. A clear round inside the optimum time moved them back to the top in front of Jonelle Price (NZL) and Faerie Dianimo (28.30) and Laura Collett (GBR) on Mr Bass (29.90).
After an exciting finish of today’s dressage, we have Tim Lips (NED) and Bayro with just 24.10 penalties in first, Jesse Campbell (NZL) with Cleveland (24.60) in second, followed by Shane Rose (AUS) on CP Qualified (25.50) in third place.
Kitty King (GBR) and Ceylor L A N and Boyd Martin (USA) and Shamwari 4 sit tied for first place on a score of 27.4 at the conclusion of dressage on the first day of competition in the 2018 Luhmühlen CCI4*. Both pairs have not competed at the four-star level since 2016.
After “familiarization” in the main arena, the horses were exquisitely prepared for the first horse inspection. The riders presented their horses not only to the ground jury of Andrew Bennie (NZL), Christoph Hess (GER), and Sandy Phillips (GBR) but also to the many spectators who were eager to see the athletes of this year’s competition.