Forty-nine horses will move on to dressage at the Turniergesellschaft Luhmühlen CCI4* following this afternoon’s first horse inspection on a blustery, overcast afternoon in Germany.
The ground jury of Andrew Bennie (NZL), Sandy Phillips (GBR) and Christoph Hess (GER) sent three horses to the holding box: Aidan Keogh‘s mount Master Tredstep, Julie Tew‘s mount Simply Sox and Pippa Funnell‘s mount Billy Beware.
Following a lengthy deliberation, Master Tredstep was not accepted after re-presenting from the holding box. Both Simply Sox and Billy Beware were accepted after re-presenting.
Though we have just two American combinations competing in the CCI4*, both come forward with a strong chance for a top result. Massive shoutouts to super grooms Gemma Jelinksa and Mike Pendleton for having both horses sparking at the first horse inspection!
Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z, a 10-year-old KWPN (Zapatero VDL X Zonne-Trend, by French Buffet xx) owned by the Deniro Syndicate and Ocala Horse Properties, are contesting the horse’s first CCI4*.
Boyd Martin and the Shamwari 4 Syndicate’s Shamwari 4, a 16-year-old Hanoverian (Star Regent xx X Donnice, by Der Clou), finished third in the CCI4* here in 2014 and return to Luhmühlen once again in a World Equestrian Games year.
While 49 starters doesn’t match the record for largest CCI4* field size — 2014 holds that honor with 52 starters — this year’s field is overflowing with quality. Sam Watson of EquiRatings penned an excellent analysis piece on the field, making a case for the winner to come from the red-hot British contingent.
We also have one more American competing at Luhmühlen in Woods Baughman, who is based in Germany for the year training with Dirk Schrade and will contest the Meßmer Trophy CIC3* with his own Maverick McNamara, a 14-year-old British Warmblood (Medoc X Skippy).
The CIC3* serves as the German National Championship, and with Germany electing to also use the three-star as a key WEG selection trial, the field is packed with heavy hitters like …
- Reigning European Champions Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD
- Last year’s Luhmühlen CCI4* winners Julia Krajewski and Samourai du Thot
- Reigning German National Champion Bettina Hoy with Designer 10
- 2016 Luhmühlen CCI4* winners Andreas Dibowski and It’s Me xx
We are in for an exciting two days of dressage here in Germany! Dressage starts tomorrow for both the CCI4* and CIC3*, with all three of our American combinations set to go down centerline. Thursday ride times for our American crew are:
- Woods Baughman and Maverick McNamara: 10:30 a.m./4:30 a.m. EST
- Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z: 3:32 p.m./9:32 a.m. EST
- Boyd Martin and Shamwari 4: 4:40 p.m./10:40 a.m. EST
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