Equestrian: Tim Price keeps Luhmuhlen title in family

  • 17/06/2019
Tim Price in action in Germany.
Tim Price in action in Germany. Photo credit: Equestrian New Zealand

New Zealand eventer Tim Price has ensured the Luhmuhlen Horse Trials title will remain in the family trophy cabinet for another year, after taking out the top prize in Germany on Monday (NZT).

Price and grey mare Ascona M picked up time penalties in the showjumping, but still finished 2.1 penalty points ahead of runner-up Tom McEwen and Figaro van het Broekxhof of Britain.

The victory was special for Price, who won his first Five Star competition at Luhmuhlen in 2014, while wife Jonelle price won the event last year.

"I am delighted with my mare - she was super," said Price. "I'm so happy that things went so well again this year.

"It makes me really proud that Ascona has performed so consistently in all three phases. She does have a bit of an unconventional jumping technique, but that's because she always tries so hard to do everything right."

Price and Ascona M were second after the dressage, but took the lead after a tough cross-country run, to finish the event on 31.4 penalty points. Just 22 of the original 33 starters completed all three phases.

Eleven-year-old Ascona M was initially Jonelle's ride, before moving to Tim in 2017.

Last year, Price won the Burghley Horse Trials, beginning a points haul that culminated in him achieving the world number-one last month.