Despite a dropped jumping rail Germany’s Andreas Ostholt and So is Et kept their lead to win the CIC3* Messner Trophy at the Luhmühlen Horse Trials at the weekend.
Ostholt was not alone in faulting on the Heiko Wahlers course, with many other mishaps causing the leaderboard to change dramatically.
Pia Münker, who was in second place on Louis, had three down and ended up in seventh place. Jonelle Price and Cloud Dancer moved from third after cross country into fifth after show jumping.
Ostholt had a few hairy moments, but in the end only a pole from the final oxer fell. He knew before the show jumping that he had one jump in hand, but the time was tight and he could not afford any time faults.
“Coming to the last fence, I knew I could still have a fence down but had to speed up to make the time. Therefore I had to risk the pole.”
Ingrid Klimke rode yet another very confident round on Pau 4* winner Horseware Hale Bob: “Bobby jumped fantastically. He was extremely fresh today and even threw in a little buck warming him up. I do a quite a bit of show jumping on him anyway, and he usually excels in speed classes. So I decided to ride him like I would in a jump-off!”
Peter Thomsen praised Horseware’s Barny this week and was pleased with his result but felt he could have done better. “I am very glad we came third today. But I am aware that my dressage result could have been slightly better and I could have ridden inside the optimum time in cross country. In show jumping we had one down, so there is room for improvement yet.”
Afterwards Ostholt said: “We spent a fabulous week here in Luhmühlen and rode under perfect conditions. The audience was extremely supportive which motivated horses and riders.”
In the final press conference Ostholt also thanked Hans Günter Winkler for supporting him: “I am very grateful for Hans Günter Winkler to have come here this week. It really means a lot. The last time he was here was in 1960 as a competitor, but has since belittled eventing slightly. Now I am proud that he felt part of team Ostholt.”