Nervous moments, yellow ribbons and winning chances at the Luhmühlen final trot-up *H&H Plus*

  • Find out what happened at the Luhmühlen Horse Trials final trot-up for the CCI5* – and what chance young Brit Mollie Summerland has of winning

    The Luhmühlen Horse Trials final trot-up for the Longines five-star took place at 8.45am German time – or 7.45am British time – today (20 June).

    The 15 horses who completed yesterday’s cross-country were all presented to the ground jury – Anne-Mette Binder, Katrin Eichinger-Kniely and Ernst Topp – and all of them passed on first inspection.

    There was a slightly longer pause before the ground jury nodded through Barnahown Corn Hill, the ride of Ireland’s Michael Ryan, but then he was accepted. Michael wore a yellow ribbon on his jacket, a mark of respect for Tiggy Hancock, the 15-year-old Irish event rider who died in an accident while training last week.

    Britain’s overnight leader Mollie Summerland wore a Team GB jacket, with her hair in a long plait down her back, to present Charly Van Ter Heiden. She will showjump last in this morning’s session, trying to win her first five-star on her second start at the level. She will not have a fence in hand over Germany’s Christoph Wahler (Carjatan S) if he jumps clear.

    Emilie Chandler – sporting a blue waistcoat with military buttons this morning over a white shirt – holds third for Britain on Maria Doel’s Gortfadda Diamond. It’s likely she will need to jump clear to hold that place as there are three other pairs within a fence of her – and a clear from her could put pressure on Christoph, who is currently 3.9 penalties ahead of the British pair.

    Equestrian data analytics company EquiRatings currently gives Mollie a 75% chance of winning on its prediction centre, with Christoph having a 17% chance and Emilie 7%.

    The CCI5* showjumping starts at 11am German time (10am British time).

    The Luhmühlen Horse Trials final trot-up for the CCI4*-S Meßmer Trophy is currently taking place and the showjumping for that class is at 1.20pm German time (12.20pm British time). This class is effectively the German final trial for the Tokyo Olympics and the top three spots are held by home side riders, with Michael Jung leading on FischerChipmunk, Julia Krajewski second on Amande De B’Neville and Sandra Auffarth third on Viamant Du Matz.

    Australia’s Andrew Hoy currently sits fourth on Vassily De Lassos – after a clear across country and a personal best dressage of 27.6 – and will hope to secure his spot for the eventing at the Olympics with this performance.

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