It was a sombre finish to this years event with the rider showing respect to the death of Benjamin Winter due to a fall on the Cross Country. The president of the German Equestrian Federation, Breido Graf zu Rantzau, as well as the Team Trainer Chris Bartle, found some moving words in honour of Benjamin Winter. The competing riders collectively wore a black armband to mark their respect for Benjamin in the final show-jumping class.
After the conclusion and the prize giving ceremony there was no victory gallop this year, with the riders and their horses filing out quietly in respect.
At the simultaneously run 3 star Andrew Hoy (AUS) and Cheeky Calimbo won the CIC*** Meßmer Trophy (32.10).
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Benjamin Winter (GER) suffered a fatal rotational fall at jump 20, with the horse being uninjured. We offer our condolences to Benjamin’s family and friends
The following is a translation of a statement by the Luhmühlen organising committee
The member of the Eventing Futures squad was flown by helicopter to the Trauma Hospital Hamburg Boberg. Unfortunately the doctors there were not able to stabilize him. TGL associate Michael Spethman showed deep concern: "As organizer, sponsor and riders, we are deeply dismayed and filled with great sadness. We will analyse the fall. The sport is not without risks, but for many years there has been active work to minimize these risk. The sport has many great moments, but this is a terrible moment. "
The senior emergency physician voiced conjecture about how the accident happened: "Basically, the nature of the fall was fatal. Benjamin Winter’s fall was very unlucky. The speed and height of the obstacle were in my view are not decisive," said Dr. Annette Lorey-Tews.
On questions regarding the general safety in eventing FEI Safety Advisor David O’Connor (USA) commented: "We knowingly choose this sport. It was a tragic accident, but we can not make the sport safer than life itself "
The representative of the rider, Peter Thomsen, expressed his regret: "We are stunned. Benjamin has loved the sport. I think that it is in this sense that we should ride on”. This was confirmed by the mother of Benjamin Winter:" Benjamin has the lived for eventing and really looked forward to the four-star competition here in Luhmühlen. My son would wish that it goes on tomorrow”. In a meeting in the evening the riders decided that they want to continue in the competition in his spirit. A memorial ceremony is to be held at 11.00 clock at the showgrounds.
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Lucinda Fredericks falls and is eliminated at Luhmühlen 2014 4 star, Michael Jung takes the lead and Bill Levett moves up to 5th place after XC
1.Michael JUNG (GER) fischerRocana FST 41,50
2.Bettina HOY (GER) Designer 10 44,50
3.Oliver TOWNEND (GBR) Black Tie 45,00
4.Phillip DUTTON (USA) Mighty Nice 46,00
5.Bill LEVETT (AUS) Improvise 47,70
6.Boyd MARTIN (USA) Shamwari 4 47,80
7.Elaine PEN (NED) Vir 48,00
8.Jonelle PRICE (NZL) The Deputy 48,50
9.Lara DE LIEDEKERKE (BEL) Quella Langonnaise 50,20
10.Andreas OSTHOLT (GER) So is Et 50,50
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Lucinda Fredericks leading the way The ladies are ahead of the rest on the second day of dressage. With only 38.70 penalties Lucinda Fredericks takes the lead in the CCI**** presented by DHL Paket, whilst Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo excited the crowd with a fabulous score of just 26.10 in the CIC*** Meßmer Trophy. cid:image001.png@01CF87CC.E74683B0 Lucinda Fredericks did not experience what we would call a typical Friday 13th, when the Australian rider took the lead in the late afternoon in Luhmühlens CCI****. With a score of 38.70 she was the only rider to stay below the 40 penalty mark. Her 12 year old gelding Flying Finish presented himself relaxed and with big expressive paces. Fredericks was clearly delighted, although she said to have kept an eye on the score board and felt she needed to pull something out of the hat to improve on the 7s. Flying Finish always tries to please so I am completely overjoyed with our result. Although she thinks the cross-country course designed by Captain Mark Phillips is fair but tricky in places, she feels that being within the optimum time could be a challenge as her gelding is not quite as fast and nippy as she is used to from her other horses. He just needs a little more time to see whats in front of him, commented Fredericks. However, two years ago the pair came second and she is hoping to give Flying Finish a chance to shine. In second place is Germanys Michael Jung with his 9 year old mare fischerRocana FST who is owned by him and his family. His score of 41.50 was well deserved as the mare presented herself with impressive attitude and expression. She rode really well today and worked in a lovely outline. Now I am looking forward to a fantastic round tomorrow. Only 0.50 penalties behind Jung lies currently Ingrid Klimke on Hale Bob on a score of 42.00. Leaderboard CCI**** 1.Lucinda FREDERICKS (AUS) Flying Finish 38,70 2.Michael JUNG (GER) fischerRocana FST 41,50 3.Ingrid KLIMKE (GER) Horseware Hale Bob 42,00 4.Elaine PEN (NED) Vira 43,20 5.Bettina HOY (GER) Designer 10 43,30 7.Tim PRICE (NZL) Wesko 43,80 6.William FOX-PITT (GBR) Cool Mountain 43,50 8.Christopher BURTON (AUS) Tempranillo 44,70 9.Oliver TOWNEND (GBR) Black Tie 45,00 10.Phillip DUTTON (USA) Mighty Nice 46,00 http://tgl.luhmuehlen.de/start RegardsWalter News - Views - Reviews - Free Classifieds HorseOz will donate half of the proceeds from all Premium Video and Business Adds placed with HorseOz ForSale <http://www.horseoz.com/forsale> to Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria
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After a day of near perfect conditions at the Melbourne International Horse Trials the leaders are as follows For the CCI*** class Stuart Tinney on Pluto Mio is now currently in first place after overnight leader Sonja Johnson on Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison slipped to second place after incurring just 1.6 time faults on the Cross country course. Shane Rose on Shanghai Rose is still in third place with Johnson on her second ride Belfast Mojito in fourth place. It's tight at the top with only 0.19 points between them. For the CCI** class there has been no movement caused by the Crosscountry. Overnight leader Gabrielle Pither on Max Almighty is still in first place. Wilhelm Enzinger on Wenlock Aquifer is currently in second with Teegan Ashby on Rockingham No Reason in third. The CCI* class has 4 riders sharing the first 8 places after the cross country with less than a rail between the first 6 places. First is Wilhelm Enzinger on Paihia Wilhelm, second Lauren Balcomb on Guido Hatzis, third Megan Jones on Kirby Park Impress The final and deciding round, showjumping, is set to be fierce competition as a record AU$50,000 prize pool on offer, shared across the CCIJ1*, CCI1*, CCI2* and CCI3* classes. Photo: Stuart Tinney and Pluto Mio. Photo credit: Julie Wilson Tomorrow, horse and rider will compete outdoors in the European-style open-air Polaris Arena from 9.00am. Tickets are available at the gate. More information on the MIHT can be found by visiting www.miht.com.au Regards Walter News - Views - Reviews - Free Classifieds at HorseOz ForSale <http://www.horseoz.com/forsale>