After much consideration, Clark Montgomery has decided to withdraw Loughan Glen from the upcoming Luhmühlen CCI4*. Three weeks ago, this pair won the dressage at Badminton with a stunning 33.3, only to become one of the many pairs to fall prey to the extraordinarily difficult cross country conditions at this year’s competition. Glen seemed to run out of energy after completing about three-quarters of the course in good form, retiring at fence 23, Huntsmans Close.
Clark initially planned to re-route to Luhmühlen in order to continue on his quest to be considered for the World Equestrian Games, but has since then re-evaluated his plans. He explained his reasoning in a new statement released through the Professional Riders Organization Facebook page this morning. “Having allowed some time since Badminton to pass, we have decided to withdraw Glen from Luhmühlen this year,” Clark said.
“The effort that he made at Badminton just three weeks ago was extraordinary. We had considered taking him to Luhmühlen in hopes of a possible WEG selection, but have reached the decision that potentially running three consecutive four stars in just 15 weeks is something that we don’t feel would be fair to ask of him. Instead, we will continue on with his season and preparation for a fall four-star. His next big outing will be the CIC3* at Barbury Castle.”
This decision will almost certainly take Clark and Glen out of the running for WEG, though he still has a shot with Universe, who is entered to run the CIC3* at Bramham this weekend. Three selection trials remain: Bramham and Bromont this weekend, as well as Luhmühlen next week in Germany. It’s going to come right down to the wire as to which six pairs and alternates are named to the team; that announcement is expected to come the third week in June.