Your quick guide to the 2017 Luhmühlen CCI4* competition field
Today, the 2017 Luhmühlen CCI4* is kicking off with the first horse inspection. There are 52 pairs competing at this prestigious CCI4*. There are 48 different riders in the field from 14 different nations.
Dressage begins tomorrow and finishes up on Friday, followed by what eventers love most, cross-country on Saturday and the event concludes on Sunday with show jumping.
While you impatiently wait for the action begin tomorrow, check out these fascinating facts and stats about this year’s competition field:
Battle of the sexes:
- This year’s field is comprised of 28 women (54%) and 24 men (46%) and
- The 47 geldings (90%) at this event heavily outnumber the 5 mares (10%).
- The last time Luhmühlen was won by a mare was in 2015 when FRH Escada JS was piloted to the victory by Ingrid Klimke (GER).
- No stallions are competing at Luhmühlen.
Rookies are a rarity:
There are only three CCI4* rookie riders tackling the Luhmühlen CCI4* this year:
- Clelia Casiraghi (ITA) riding Verdi
- Nicolai Aldinger (GER) riding Tactic
- Libby Seed (GBR) riding What A Catch
Meanwhile, there are 25 horses in the field that have never completed a CCI4*.
Interestingly there are no rookie riders on horses with prior four-star experience.
How old are the Luhmühlen riders?
The average age of the eventers competing at Luhmühlen this weekend is 37. In contrast, at Badminton, this year is the average age was 39 and at Rolex, the average competitor age was 35. So the Luhmühlen average rider age is smack dab in the middle.
At only 20-years-old Libby Seed (GBR) is the youngest rider competing. This is her first attempt at a CCI4* and she is riding What A Catch, a 17-year-old gelding.
At an impressive 59-years-young, Pascal Leroy (FRA) is the most senior rider in the field. He is riding Minos de Petra, a 17-year-old Selle Francais gelding who he successfully completed 10 CCI4* events with.
Pascal Leroy & Minos de Petra
How old are the Luhmühlen horses?
The average age of the horses is 13-years-old.
The oldest horse competing this weekend is Bronze Flight, an 18-year-old gelding ridden by Alan John Nolan (IRL). This horse has three CCI4* completions under his girth.
The youngest horses at Luhmühlen are 10-years-old, and there are only four in the field:
- Frankie ridden by Peter Flarup (DEN)
- Cooley SRS ridden by Oliver Townend (GBR)
- Away Cruising ridden by Harry Meade (GBR)
- Cooley On Show ridden by Sharon White (USA)
Past Luhmühlen CCI4* champions:.
There are no horses competing this weekend who have won this event in the past but there are three riders who hold Luhmühlen titles. These champion riders are:
- Andreas Dibowski (GER) – 2011 and 2016 winner
- Andrew Nicholson (NZL) – 2013 winner
- Bettina Hoy (GER) – 2005 winner
Four-star horse mileage:
The horses in the field have completed an average of 1 CCI4* events. At this year’s Badminton, the horses had completed an average of 3 CCI4* events.
Pascal Leroy’s (FRA) Minos de Petra, a 17-year-old Selle Francais gelding has the most CCI4* completions under his belt, totalling 10.
Irish Sport Horses dominate the field:
There is a total of 13 Irish Sport Horses (25% of the entries) in the field this weekend. The next most popular breed is KWPN with seven (13% of the entries) set to compete.
It appears that Ireland is certainly THE place to shop for event horses. So be sure to mark this year’s Goresbridge Go For Gold Sale on your calendar for this November.
Stay tuned for more Luhmühlen updates as the action starts to heat up tomorrow…