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. Tim Price and Ascona M (Cassaro x Naomi), Mrs. Suzanne Houchin, Lucy and Ben Sangster, and Sir Peter Vela's 11-year-old Holsteiner mare, also remained in their second-place position from yesterday on a score of 25.8. Frankie Thierot Stutes (USA) and The Chatwin Group's Chatwin (Contendro I x Oktav), an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding, moved into third on a score of 28.8 points after today’s dressage.
Thieriot Stutes was elated after her test today, especially as this is their first attempt at the five-star level. “I am so happy about our fabulous dressage score! Chatwin is a German horse and competed here as a 5-year-old. It’s brilliant to know that he’s back competing here as an experienced horse. He is so special and I am very fortunate to ride such a lovely athlete.”
Thieriot Stutes was the 2018 recipient of the $50,000 Rebecca Broussard International Developing Rider Grant, which is intended to encourage the development of event riders at the highest levels of the sport. To learn more about the USEA Foundation and the various grants it supports, visit www.useafoundation.org.
Comments on the Longines CCI5*-L Cross-Country Course
Andreas Dibowski: “In my view, the course is very competitive, with a great selection of technical questions. Especially the water complexes require concentration and precise riding. Avedon is on top form and I am looking forward to taking him round this course tomorrow. The ground has been prepared beautifully, so it should be great to ride in front of the home crowd.”
Frankie Thieriot Stutes: “I’ve never ridden at [the] five-star-level, so facing so many technical questions is new for me. It requires obedient horses. Chatwin is naturally fast and I think the course suits us. I think we will have fun going around.”
Zara Tindall: “I really like the cross-country course here in Luhmühlen. I think it’s been built very well and because the time is going to be tough to make, it’s going to be exciting to see how close we can get. The last few fences and the skinnies require concentration from horses and riders, so we will need to keep on our toes not top risk any run outs.”
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All the major contenders passed the eventing final horse inspection at the Tokyo Olympics and will carry on to contest the show jumping phase in a few hours’ time.
The ground jury (Nick Burton, GBR, Christina Klingspor, SWE, and the U.S.A.’s Jane Hamlin) and vets only failed to accept one horse - Fantastic Frieda, ridden by Poland’s Joanna Pawlak, who had completed the cross-country in 41st place with a refusal and 25.2 time-faults.
The FEI has announced that the Swiss horse Jet Set, ridden by Robin Godel has had to be euthanized after pulling up extremely lame on the Sea Forest Cross Country Course during Equestrian Eventing at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on August 1, 2021.
In 2002, at the age of 15, I was at my Aunt and Uncle’s farm in Maine while Tremaine Cooper was there building some cross-country jumps. I helped him build a trakehner, not realizing that this day would set the course for my future. A few weeks later he called asking if I could help him at Millbrook Horse Trials. From there I helped Tremaine during most of my school vacations and throughout the summers. After graduating high school I kept at it never looking back. I lived the gypsy lifestyle for about six years going from coast to coast and event to event. In 2013 my wife Kathryn and I settled down in Lexington, Kentucky. These days I spend roughly 60-75 percent of my time on the road preparing events or building private schooling areas. I’ve had the privilege of being involved with some really great events around the states and have cultivated many friendships all over the country. In 2019 I was asked to be a part of Team Evans Olympic cross-country building crew. As I write this I am on my third trip to Tokyo. Here’s a day in Tokyo . . .
The British team cemented their gold medal position at the Tokyo Olympics with three magnificent cross-country performances, all clear inside the time. Added to that, their first rider, Oliver Townend, holds pole position individually after the dressage leader, Germany’s Michael Jung, picked up 11 penalties for triggering a frangible device.