Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen (Libby Law Photography)
Salzhausen, Germany – The last phase at the Luhmühlen CCI4* presented by DHL saw a big show jumping course designed by Heiko Wahlers (GER) that determined the final placings on Sunday. In addition to the large track, time was tough to make with nine combinations having double clear show jumping rounds. USEF Land Rover Competition Grant recipients Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen were among those combinations that delivered a double clear round on the final day. Despite the challenging cross-country phase on Saturday, the pair had an immaculate round to finish in sixth place with a score of 37.50.
Montgomery (Tetbury, England) and Jessica Montgomery, Kathryn Kraft, and Holly and William Becker’s 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding began the competition in ninth place with a score of 37.10 in the dressage phase. The pair improved to seventh place after cross country, adding just four-tenths of a penalty point to their score for being a second over the optimum time, before ultimately finishing in sixth place on Sunday.
“He was super,” Montgomery said. “He really understands the CCIs and knows he needs to go in and jump clean on the big stage and he didn’t let me down today. I had heard that the show jumping course at Luhmühlen is big and that was definitely the case, but he jumped great.”
Montgomery and Loughan Glen easily held their own in a field of top international combinations throughout the competition. “It is a great start to have him back in winning form and I’m excited about what the future holds,” Montgomery added.
Ingrid Klimke (GER) and FRH Escada JS won the CCI4* on their dressage score of 32.70.
By Kathleen Landwehr