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If there’s one thing you can absolutely guarantee will happen at Luhmühlen, it’s a freak storm. They happen every time, without fail – and after the relentless heat and sunshine of the week so far, when it struck, it struck hard. Horses and riders alike were woken up with a bang at approximately 5.30 a.m. as the sky turned black and the thunder shook the foundations.
Fortunately, unlike 2019’s extraordinary storm, this one was short-lived and didn’t cause any significant flooding – just unsettled horses and a generally sludgy working space around the stables. By the time this morning’s final horse inspection dawned at 8.45 a.m., the rugs and waterproof coats were able to be tentatively removed one was particularly downcast to see the whole process over and done with in short order.
Just fifteen horses and riders completed yesterday’s tough cross-country course out of a total of 24 starters, and all fifteen remain in the hunt going into the showjumping finale at 11.10 a.m. local time/10.10 a.m. BST/5.10 a.m. EST. After a gruelling day like yesterday, wherein horses had to cope with extreme conditions and an exacting track, it’s great to see all looking so well this morning. They’ll need all the extra pizzazz they can muster, too – Luhmühlen is known for its dimensionally and technically maxed-out showjumping tracks. As always, you’ll be able to watch all the action on H&C+, and stay tuned for full reports and image galleries from both the CCI5* and the CCI4*-S, which will jump from 13.40 local time/12.40 BST/7.40 a.m. EST.
Here’s a little refresher on how that CCI5* leaderboard is looking:
As the Germans say, “Jetzt geht’s um die Wurst!” (That is, um, ‘now it’s about the sausage.’ Indeed.)
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