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Kiwis in field at five star equestrian event

Six New Zealanders will compete in the five star event in Germany including Tim Price (pictured)
New Zealand's Tim Price and Viscount Viktor will contest the CCI5*-L at the Luhmuhlen Horse Trials Germany this week PHOTO: LIBBY LAW PHOTOGRAPHY

The best eventers in the world are in Germany this week for the Luhmuhlen CCI5*-L event featuring Olympic qualification points in the CCI4*-S.

World No 9 Tim Price is in for a busy time with Viscount Viktor in the 5* as well as Falco and Coup de Coeur Dudevin in the 4*-S.


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Price is New Zealand’s most successful competitor at the event, having won the 5* twice – in 2014 with Ringwood Sky Boy and in 2019 with Ascona M. Also on the 5* honours board are Jonelle Price and Faerie Dianimo (2018) and Andrew Nicholson with Mr Cruise Control (2013).

“I am looking forward to the week,” says Price. “These are really nice horses and all are in good form. Falco and Coup de Coeur Dudevin come in feeling great and both are just such lovely horses. I am planning to enjoy myself with them. It is a real privilege to ride them.”

Ten-year-old German bred Viscount Viktor is starting in his second 5* and has come along well since his debut at Pau last year. “He is a classic event horses who I think has a lot of potential and I am hoping to put that on display this week.”

Samantha Lissington is in with her 5* debutant Lord Seekonig and Muzi Pottinger with her Kiwi thoroughbred Good Timing are the only other New Zealanders in the prestigious 5* class.

There are six kiwis on the 4*-S entry list. As well as Price with 12-year-old Coup de Coeur Dudevin, who was second in his last 4*-S start at Wiesbaden, and 15-year-old Falco.

Also competing are James Avery with the 11-year-old MBF Connection, Clarke Johnstone aboard his Brit-bred 14-year-old Menlo Park and 11-year-old Domasco, and Jonelle Price on her Dutch-bred mare Hiarado.

Other top international riders include 2023 5* winner, world No 8 Laura Collett from Britain as well as Rosalind Canter (GBR).

The 5* has a Euro125,000 prize purse, with Euro20,000 on offer in the 4*.

The Luhmuhlen 5* is one of just seven of the highest level of eventing competitions in the world, the others being Kentucky (USA), Maryland (USA), Pau (FRA), Burghley (GBR), Badminton (GBR) and Adelaide (AUS).


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