Dramatic Morning at Luhmühlen: 29 Horses Move to CCI4* Show Jumping

Jonelle Price and Faerie Dianimo. Photo by Jenni Autry.

It’s been all change on a dramatic morning at Luhmühlen, as Boyd Martin withdrew overnight leader Shamwari 4 prior to the final horse inspection for the CCI4*. Shamwari 4’s withdrawal moved Jonelle Price and Faerie Dianimo into the lead, and we had some tense moments when the mare was sent to the holding box.

In addition to Faerie Dianimo, the ground jury of Andrew Bennie (NZL), Sandy Phillips (GBR) and Christoph Hess (GER) also sent Alice Dunsdon’s mount Cool Investment to the holding box. Both Faerie Dianimo and Cool Investment were ultimately accepted to send all 29 combinations that presented to the ground jury on to show jumping.

Liz Halliday-Sharp’s mount Deniro Z, the sole horse representing America in the CCI4* following Shamwari 4’s withdrawal, looked fresh and feisty this morning. He sits in eighth place going into show jumping after an impressive cross country round yesterday in his debut at the level.

There was a funny moment at the jog when a dog wandered on to the jog strip just before Jonelle presented Faerie Dianimo. Whoever runs the sound system here at Luhmühlen clearly has a wry sense of humor, as the song “Who Let the Dogs Out” promptly started playing over the speakers, and the dog was pronounced “Accepted!”

The CIC3* horses presented to the ground jury of Anne-Mette Binder (DEN) and Christoph Hess (GER) following the CCI4*. All 45 horses were accepted, including Woods Baughman and Maverick McNamara for America.

It’s another warm day here in Germany, and the sun is shining for Luhmühlen’s finale. CCI4* show jumping starts at 10:30 a.m. /4:30 a.m. EST, followed by CIC3* show jumping at 1:30 p.m./7:30 a.m. EST. Both CCI4* and CIC3* show jumping will stream live on Luhmühlen’s YouTube Channel.

Martin Otto always designs a beefy show jumping course at this venue, and we can anticipate yet another leaderboard shake-up in the final phase. One rail separates the entire top five, so there is absolutely no margin for error. Stay tuned as we crown a CCI4* winner in Germany!

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