News from Luhmühlen
WORLD CLASS SPORT AHEAD
Press Release, 16 May 2023
The list of entries for the Longines Luhmühlen Horse Trials from 15-18 June 2023 currently reads like the "who's who" of international eventing. Seven riders from the FEI Eventing World Rankings top ten have entered Luhmühlen – among them are the world’s current number one and two Tim and Jonelle Price (NZL).
Event director Julia Otto is delighted with this year’s entries: “It’s going to be a very exciting sport weekend. Among the German competitors are Olympic Champion and Vice World Champion, Julia Krajewski, who will be competing two young horses in the German Championships, as well as multi-champion Michael Jung, Ingrid Klimke and many more. Nicolai Aldinger, Arne Bergendahl, Emma Brüssau and Jerome Robine have entered the Longines CCI5*-L.
There will be large contingents from France and Great Britain, including reigning World Champion Yasmin Ingham as well as Laura Collett, Pippa Funnell, Kitty King, Izzy Taylor and Oliver Townend. The USA will be represented by many big names such as Katherine Coleman, Boyd Martin and current Kentucky-five-star-winner Tamra Smith.” With Felix Vogg (SUI), Kirsty Chabert (GBR), and Jonelle Price (NZL), last year's Longines CCI5*-L podium is returning to Luhmühlen.
Felix Vogg, Longines CCI5*-L winner 2022 says about his plans to compete in Luhmühlen: “I had the choice between Aachen and Luhmühlen. Many people said that the pressure to return to Luhmühlen will be too big and advised me against it, but I don't agree. It’s such a great event, with perfect conditions and it really suits my horse. Of course, I would be very happy if everything went as well as it did last year - but whether I win or finish in the
top five is not relevant in the end. If we manage to go home with a good result, I’m happy. Luhmühlen is my highlight this year and I'm really looking forward to it!”
Julia Krajewski is going to compete two up-and-coming youngsters: “The plan is to compete Ero de Cantraie and Nickel in the German Championships. Both are nine years old and still inexperienced at four-star level. Ero has done really well last weekend and has come second in his first four-star in Marbach and Nickel finished his first four- star three weeks ago with a super third place. Provided that the rest of the season until Luhmühlen goes as planned, my goal is to give both horses a good experience in front of a big crowd. I don't have a specific placing in mind for the time being.
Luhmühlen has great conditions and is always a highlight for us. I have already been able to celebrate great successes there and I always look forward to coming!”
On Thursday, a selection of German riders will ride a dressage test under show conditions before they and a judge analyze the rides for the spectators. On Friday, it’s time for the legendary Kids Cross-Country fun. On Saturday, sponsoring partner LeMieux will present a show by Lisa Röckener, a rider who demonstrates impressively that cooperation and harmony are key to success. On Sunday, Wildpark Lüneburger Heide’s falconers will present their fascinating birds of prey.
How to watch
NDR live: Saturday, 17 June 14.30 - 16.00 and Sunday, 18 June 14.00 - 15.15
Horse & Country+ are live streaming both competitions with German and English commentary https://horseandcountry.tv
Entries and updates: www.luhmuehlen.de
About the event
Luhmühlen has been organising major eventing competitions for over 60 years - including six European Championships in 1975, 1979, 1987, 1999, 2011 and 2019 and the World Equestrian Games in 1982. The Luhmühlen Horse Trials are one of the world's largest eventing competitions and welcome top international riders and numerous visitors every year.
Dr. Friederike Stüvel
Tel.: +49 171 5382900
TGL Turniergesellschaft Luhmühlen mbH Bruchweg 3 21376 Salzhausen / Luhmühlen Germany
Luhmühlen – Passionate about eventing
Luhmühlen – passionate about eventing
Press Release, 7 March 2023
After successfully opening the gates to the public again last year, Turniergesellschaft Luhmühlen is looking forward to preparing this year's event, which will take place from 15-18 June 2023.
Event director Julia Otto is excited about potential entries: “Obviously, it’s way too early to predict the rider’s plans this far in advance but quite a few riders have already made it clear that they’d like to come to the Longines Luhmühlen Horse Trials. Four German riders are expected to compete in the Longines CCI5*-L, lots of others will try to recommend themselves for the European Championships in Haras du Pin by successfully competing in the Meßmer Trophy / German Championships. We are also very pleased that several international Luhmühlen winners have announced their plans to travel to Luhmühlen again.”
The Longines CCI5*-L prize money will be increased from EUR 100,000 to EUR 125,000, complying with the new FEI requirements for the organisation of the highest category of eventing.
Julia Otto is grateful to the sponsors for making this adjustment possible: “Thanks to our reliable partners, Luhmühlen is able to take this big step and thus create further incentives for competing at Luhmühlen.”
Partners at Luhmühlen's side
In addition to Luhmühlen’s title partner Longines, Meßmer and Lotto Niedersachsen are reliably at Luhmühlen's side as main sponsors, complemented by Nord Pool GmbH, which will focus on presenting its new market segment photovoltaics this year. LVM Versicherungsagentur Bernd Bamberger has also extended its sponsorship.
“I’m thankful that we have also have succeeded in finding additional partners and are now supported by the established banking house C.L. Seeliger from Wolfenbüttel and two regional companies: Therapiestation für Pferde Hof Fehmbusch (Eyendorf) and Physiotherapie-SPORT-PHYSIO Egestorf.”
“The cross-country courses will be turned!” A short sentence with big consequences: Luhmühlen's course director Mike Etherington-Smith has decided to turn the direction of the cross-country courses again.
“It’s new and exciting, a great way to give variety and interest to the course. I don't want to give too much away, but all the waters have a different look this time. The Longines and Messmer waters have had all the revetting removed and the ground has been landscaped which gives more variety in the future. Changing the direction requires a complete review of the 'package' of the courses to get the balance and the flow and feel good whilst trying to come up with new ideas. The courses need to work together - designing one on its own is much more straightforward than having two courses which have to complement each other. The safety of horse and rider is at all times paramount - our number one priority - which is not only mirrored in the use of frangible devices (MIM systems) but directs all of our planning decisions”, explains Mike Etherington-Smith. This year, Kai-Steffen Meier is involved as assistant course-designer.
Eventing is based on the trust between horses and riders. A fact that is reflected in this year's supporting programme.
On Thursday, some riders will make use of Luhmühlen’s set-up to train horses that are not entered but will profit from the experience. The riders and a judge will then comment the ride. On Friday, the Kids Cross-Country Fun will once again show that children and ponies are a perfect match.
On Saturday, LeMieux is going to present a show programme by Lisa Röckener, who impressively combines competing her horses with horsemanship: “I am so happy to be a part of this great event in Luhmühlen. I have evented for a long time and I still love it – so in my new show I’m linking eventing with horsemanship.”
On Sunday, Wildpark Lüneburger Heide’s falconers are going to present their fascinating birds with a bird flight show.
Dr. Friederike Stüvel
Phone: +49 171 5382900
TGL Turniergesellschaft Luhmühlen mbH
Bruchweg 3 21376 Salzhausen OT Luhmühlen
About the event
Luhmühlen has been organising major eventing competitions for over 60 years - including six European Championships in 1975, 1979, 1987, 1999, 2011 and 2019 and the World Equestrian Games in 1982.
The Luhmühlen Horse Trials are one of the world's largest eventing competitions and welcome top international riders and numerous visitors every year.