There have been some crucial changes to today’s schedule at the Longines Luhmühlen Horse Trials after an incredible storm rocked Lower Saxony, nearly washing some of the world’s best eventers — and their very nice lorries — into the sea. (Look, we know the venue isn’t anywhere near the sea. It was a BIG STORM.)
The start of cross country for the CCI4*-S Meßmer Trophy has been delayed until 12:15 p.m. local time/6:15 a.m. EST. CCI5*-L cross country will start at 3 p.m. local time/9 a.m. EST.
Want an idea of just how hard the venue got pummelled? Check out these wild social media posts, featuring dramatic lightning, rogue bales of shavings, and some very soggy gazebos. The local fire department is on site now, busily siphoning away as much of the standing water as they can. Remarkably, the general consensus is that, despite an epic bucketload of rain, the ground has held up incredibly well.
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