Luhmuhlen SJ.... and another CI5*L win for Tim!

Luhmuhlen SJ.... and another CI5*L win for Tim!
TITLE WINNER: NZL-Tim Price rides Ascona M during the Prizegiving for the Longines CCI5*-L. Final-1st. The Longines Luhmuehlen International Horse Trials. Salzhausen, Germany. Sunday 16 June. Copyright Photo: Libby Law Photography

Ava bounced through the jog this morning and then the pressure was on for the showjumping which preceded the CI4*S at that class is in fact the German Championships and appears to be the main gig of the day as it is ram packed with the German superstars that the home crowd really want to see.

Tim always has a plan and he knew he had a couple of time faults in hand, especially so now that this season they are awarded on a 1 second equals 0.4 ( like the cross country) whereas in the past each second was a whole 1 fault which was massive.  This plan worked well at Tattersalls and when Alexander Bragg had a rail today  Tim now had the liberty of a few time….or a rail.  But not both.

It takes a cool head in that situation to play for the time and no one is cooler under pressure than our Tim.  He added some time and risked a rail but Ava never looked in doubt of jumping anything but a clear round for the win.  Tim knows Ava.. and Ava takes a bit of organising but it was the perfect round to take the class and Tim’s third 5 star win adding 2 Luhmuhlen’s to his Burghley triumph.  3 wins on three different horses as well… Ava now joins the Mere Farm elite group of 5 star winners alongside Wesko, ( Dash), Faerie Dianino ( Maggie May), Ringwood Sky Boy ( Ozzie) and Classic Moet ( Molly).  I wonder how many other yards have 5 current 5 star winners all in work and heading for another 5 star?  I am not sure that there is one in the whole world!

Huge congratulations to Ava’s owners who have been there since Jonelle spotted her at the German Young Horse Finals as a 5 year old.  She has taken Sir Peter Vela, Ben and Lucy Sangster and Suzanne and John Houchin on a hugely successful journey adding a couple of CI 4*L wins along the way as well as last months Tatts CI4*S victory.

We said the win at Tatts boded well for this win and it worked perfectly!