Michael Jung wins Luhm ¼hlen CCI****; German Olympic short-list revealed

  • Michael Jung became the first person to win both classes at Luhm ¼hlen, Germany, when this afternoon he added four-star victory to the CIC*** win he confirmed in the morning.

    The showjumping was influential and the home side’s reigning European and world champion had the second part of the double at fence 12 down with Leopin FST, but he still finished 5.2 points ahead of runner-up Lucinda Fredericks.

    “The showjumping was difficult enough, but my horse gave me a really good feeling in the warm-up, which is a good confidence boost for you as a rider before you go in,” said Michael.

    Lucinda added just one time-fault to her overnight score with Flying Finish to rise from fourth to second. The Australian potential Olympic candidates stay here tonight for further inspections by the team vet and their London squad will be named tomorrow.

    “It would be a fairytale if Clayton and I were both to go to the Olympics again after Hong Kong,” said Lucinda. “We’ve had a fantastic week and I’m totally respectful of my horse. He tries hard and just wants to do a good thing for you.”

    Three fences down apiece for Andrew Hoy (Rutherglen) and Oliver Townend (Armada) sent them spinning down the order to sixth and eighth. Oliver was also seventh on ODT Sonas Rovatio.

    Andreas Dibowski’s fault-free round with FRH Butts Avedon elevated him to third and Andrew Nicholson’s one down on Calico Joe put him fourth.

    Charlotte Agnew, 24, finished best of the Brits in fifth after a fantastic performance. Riding in her second four-star and her first on the home-bred Out Of Africa Two, she left everything standing this afternoon and just had four time-penalties to rise two places.

    “I wasn’t sure I’d get round yesterday so I’ve just been taking it one step at a time,” said Charlotte. “I’m extremely proud of him.”

    German Olympic short-list announced

    The Germans have named Michael Jung on either La Biosthetique-Sam FBW or Leopin and Sandra Auffarth on Opgun Louvo as almost certainties for London.

    Seven pairs have been listed as frontrunners for the other three spots: Andreas Dibowski with FRH Butts Avedon, Ingrid Klimke with FRH Butts Abraxxas, Andreas Ostholt with Franco Jeas, Frank Ostholt with Little Paint, Dirk Schrade with King Artus and Hop And Skip and Peter Thomsen with Horseware’s Barny.

    Three more combinations have been listed in a third group: Beeke Kaack with Judy, Kai-Steffen Meier with TSF Karascada M and Peter Thomsen with Cayenne GS.

    Anna Warnecke, who fell off yesterday when Twinkle Bee stopped in the first water, has withdrawn from the selection process.

    The team will be announced after Aachen (3-8 July).


    1st Michael Jung on Leopin FST (GER) 36.8
    2nd Lucinda Fredericks on Flying Finish (AUS) 42
    3rd Andreas Dibowski on FRH Butts Avedon (GER) 43.2
    4th Andrew Nicholson on Calico Joe (NZL) 45.7
    5th Charlotte Agnew on Out Of Africa Two (GBR) 47.2
    6th Andrew Hoy on Rutherglen (AUS) 48.8

    Full report from Luhmuhlen in H&H next week (out Thursday 21 June).

    You may like...