After last year’s cancellation due to COVID-19, Luhmühlen has confirmed that it plans to go ahead with this year’s event (June 17-20) sans spectators. In addition to a CCI5* and CCI4*-S, the event will incorporate the German National Championship. You can check out EN’s preview of the entry list here, and we’ll have Tilly Berendt as our boots on the ground at the event next month so keep it locked here for live coverage!
From an announcement released by Luhmühlen:
In the second year of the pandemic, the organizing company TGL Turniergesellschaft Luhmühlen mbH faces the challenge of adjusting the event to the COVID-19 reality.
“Organizing an event like Luhmühlen always comes with a great deal of responsibility. The pandemic magnifies the challenge, as everyone’s health is our absolute priority. Running the event wouldn’t be feasible without our long-term partners and we’re immensely grateful for their ongoing support,” explains event director Julia Otto.
The event is currently planned to go ahead without spectators: “We’re all going to miss the atmosphere created by audience and fans. Especially after the wonderful year we had in 2019, with the classic June event and the European Championships in August in front of a large crowd, you can hardly imagine Luhmühlen without spectators. The trade stands, which usually provide a special backdrop, will also be missing this year, but we are doing our best create a nice atmosphere for the riders on site,” says Julia Otto.
For event director Julia Otto the additional challenges are worth it as the Longines Luhmühlen Horse Trials offer riders and their horses a top-class sporting event, a chance to prepare for the Olympic Games and the European Championships.
The impressive entries promise exciting sport. Bringing this sport to people’s living rooms is a main focus. German TV broadcaster NDR will report live from Luhmühlen on Saturday and Sunday. A daily live stream will be provided by Horse&CountryTV+ (behind the paywall), short interviews and glances behind the scenes by Luhmühlen’s social media channels.