Thanks to returning title sponsor Longines, the CCI5*L division at Luhmühlen this June will play host to an additional EUR 25,000 ($27,316) in prize money. This increases the pot from EUR 100,000 ($109,264) and brings the German five-star up to the fifth position on the list of prize money pools available at the top level.
“We are excited to see the effect this significant raise in prize money will have on the Luhmühlen entries,” Luhmühlen event director Julie Otto said in a press release. The CCI4*-S, which runs concurrently with the CCI5*-L, will likely draw many Tokyo hopefuls, but the significant increase in prize money up for grabs should garner a strong field to contest Mike Etherington-Smith’s refreshed track.
“Both courses have a slightly different feel to them, especially in terms of where the questions are distributed,” Mike said in a press release. “I am trying to manage the speed a bit better whilst maintaining the flow and so I have come up with some new lines to hopefully make the time more influential. The flow and balance of the course is very important since they encourage horses to jump well.”
In addition to the support from Longines, the team behind Luhmühlen expressed thanks for the additional support of sponsors such as LVM insurance agency Bernd Bamberger, Lotto Niedersachsen, Meßmer, and Charles Owen.