It’s almost go time at Luhmühlen CCI4*! The entire field of 31 horses is jumping in reverse order, so it will be a nail-biting finish as we work down toward the top 10, where Boyd Martin is sitting in seventh place with Shamwari 4 and Phillip Dutton sits in fifth with Mighty Nice. Michael Jung holds the lead with fischerRocana FST on 41.5, and the top four are separated by less than a rail. This mare pulled three rails at Boekelo CCI3* last fall, so show jumping is not her stronge phase.
Mighty Nice is a good show jumper, but he gets easily excited in this phase, so Phillip will have to work to keep him quiet and focused in order to leave the poles in the cups. Boyd Martin is still getting to know Shamwari 4 and hasn’t done much show jumping on him at all. But their new partnership has blossomed thus far this weekend, and they’re one final phase away from making a very strong case for the World Equestrian Games team. He’s also in 16th with Otis Barbotiere.
You can watch the exciting finale live on FEI TV, which is already streaming now with highlights from cross country. Unfortunately, my phone refuses to connect to the wifi here on the grounds today, so I won’t be able to live tweet as planned barring a technological miracle. But I’ll be back just as soon as show jumping concludes to bring you the full report, photos and videos. Go Luhmühlen.