Good morning, EN! It’s another early morning, though not quite so bad as it was yesterday. We’re getting ready to kick off show jumping at Luhmühlen for the CCI4* pairs just after 5 a.m. EST, and we’re eagerly anticipating what surely will be a nail-biting conclusion to the weekend.
German rider Ingrid Klimke scored one for the home team yesterday, laying down one of 13 double clear rides to take over the lead from Belgian rider Julien Despontin. Julien picked up some time to drop him down considerably into 19th place, but he was still thrilled with the way his ride turned out.
In other very exciting news, we have our North American riders proudly situated within the top 10! Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen are currently 7th after a tense finale in which he was initially eliminated for missing a flag. Photos from a head on angle saved the day, though, and Clark was restored back to his rightful position on the board.
Canadian rider and fan favorite Rebecca Howard and Riddle Master are currently 10th, still on their dressage score of 42.5. This pair looked brilliant the whole way through yesterday and are poised for a great finish today.
As is the standard for many top European events, we have seven riders still on scores in the 30s after cross country, and not three rails separate the top 10. We’ll see 25 riders show jump as they have all passed the final horse inspection, so hang on tight for an exciting finale!
6:17 a.m. EST: Finally, I leave you with this:
6:16 a.m. EST: Here’s your final leaderboard from an exciting conclusion. We’ll have a recap for you shortly! Let’s get three cheers for our North Americans, Clark and Rebecca, for their stellar top 10 finishes!
6:14 a.m. EST: Ingrid literally has no room to spare to take the win. You’d never know it, she looked like she was schooling at home, and she’s WON! Ingrid picks up her second CCI4*, and FRH Escada is the first mare to win Luhmühlen ever! Two girls, two mares in the top two. #whoruntheworld #GIRLS\
6:13 a.m. EST: Big cheers for hometown hero Ingrid Klimke.
6:10 a.m. EST: Jonelle Price and Faerie Dianimo, who was actually bred to be a dressage horse, had two time in hand over Michael Jung. She didn’t need it, as she flies over the last with feet to spare on her little 15.3 mare. She’s in strong position to put the pressure on Ingrid in second place. Can she pull off her first CCI4* win? #girlpower
6:08 a.m. EST: Ze Terminator and La Biosthetique Sam make it look easy as usual, staying on 34.2 for third place at the moment.
6:05 a.m. EST: Christopher Burton and Graf Liberty make this course look like a hunter round and have finished on their dressage score of 36.4. They’re in fourth with three more to jump.
6:03 a.m. EST: Mark Todd is a cool cucumber under some big time pressure with NZB Campino, rattling the penultimate but pulling off the top clear. He’s guaranteed himself at least a 5th place.
6:01 a.m. EST: Jesse Campbell and Kaapachino have a bit of a bowling game today unfortunately. This moves Clark up into 6th at the moment, and Rebecca Howard is back in her 10th place spot.
5:59 a.m. EST: USA! Loughan Glen gets his first CCI4* completion and will finish no lower than 7th with a magnificent double clear!
5:57 a.m. EST: Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen will take their turn next.
5:55 a.m. EST: Andreas Dibowksi and FRH Butts Avedon could not afford any rails, but they lowered two. That’ll drop them from 8th to 12th, allowing Rebecca and Riddle Master to move up a spot.
5:54 a.m. EST: Aw, man! Nick Bschorer add the first penalties all weekend, lowering just the last fence with Tom Tom Go. He’ll still be thrilled with this top 10 finish though!
5:51 a.m. EST: Rebecca and Rupert drop just out of the top 10 with just four jumping penalties and one time. She gave a couple fences a good rub but they decided to stay in place. Rebecca will be in 12th for now.
5:50 a.m. EST: Here we go! Rebecca Howard kicks off the top 10.
5:48 a.m. EST: UK rider Coral Keen and Wellshead Fare Opposition don’t have the best time in the ring today, they’ve dropped down considerably with 16 jumping. She made the time though!
5:47 a.m. EST: Tim Lips and Bayro pick up a double clear since they’re handing them out. Very, very nice round from this pair. We’re edging toward the top 10!
5:44 a.m. EST: Dirk Schrade and Hop and Skip has the second double clear of the day! He’ll remain in 13th place for the moment. Dirk showed his considerable experience there, almost taking a fence but getting through it clear.
5:43 a.m. EST: Today’s theme song:
5:42 a.m. EST: Ludwin Svennerstal and King Bob are also going to drop with the pressure from Nicky’s double clear round not giving him any breathing room. Four jumping and one time drops him two places to 16th.
5:39 a.m. EST: Willa Newton and Newmarket Vasco give a couple of hefty rubs but gets home clear. Some time will drop her a spot, though. 51.9 to finish for Willa.
5:37 a.m. EST: Last year’s winner Tim Price and CCI4* first-timer Bango get home with four jumping and four time. What a tight time for this course!
5:35 a.m. EST: Nicky Roncoroni and Stonedge are our first double clear! With the way this is going, she may rocket up the standings with that classy round. Lovely.
5:33 a.m. EST: So close! One down and two time for Johan Lundin and Johnny Cash
5:32 a.m. EST: Two down and time for dressage winner Julien Despontin.
5:28 a.m. EST: Claas Hermann Romeike and Cato 60 had a brilliant cross country yesterday and go clear today with time.
5:25 a.m. EST: Michael O’Toole and the flashy Greenfort Endeavor have two down but are the first to go inside the time.
5:23 a.m. EST: Andrew Nicholson and Qwanza just barely go into time but leave all the poles up.
5:20 a.m. EST: Blyth Tait and Xanthus III end on a 94.3 for the weekend.
5:18 a.m. EST: Kevin McNab and Fernhill Quality Street pick up 20 jumping and 8 time for a final of 117.00.
5:15 a.m. EST: Emily starts us off strong with a clear round just over the time — of course this could later be adjusted.
5:14 a.m. EST: And we are underway with Emily Lochore and Hexmaleys Hayday!
5:09 a.m. EST: John Kyle confirms that Michael Jung plans to run both La Biosthetique Sam and fischerRocana FST at Burghley!
5:00 a.m. EST: Here is your leaderboard going into show jumping: