Two British eventing riders and a handful of international riders living in Britain remain in the running for the Longines Luhmühlen Horse Trials (June 17-20) after Germany’s travel ban forced mass withdrawals. David Doel, who has entered three horses for the CCI5*, and Mollie Summerland are the remaining British participants from over 40 combinations.
Germany’s Covid restrictions mean that most people will not be allowed to enter the country if they have been to the UK in the previous 10 days, as it has been identified as an ‘area of virus variants of concern’.
No exceptions for athletes from GBR
A spokesperson for Luhmühlen told H&H over a week ago that there are currently no exceptions for athletes – equestrians and other sports. This meant that any British-based rider who nevertheless wanted to participate would have to spend at least 10 days in another country before traveling to Germany. These restrictions significantly thinned the entry list and many chose to ride in Bicton (June 9-14) instead.
Goal with horses in Renswoude
David Doel is one of the few British riders who will start in Luhmühlen. Doel had already planned to participate in Renswoude in the Netherlands (2-6 June) with two other horses, which were not intended for Luhmühlen, before the German travel ban was announced. After Renswoude, the rider stayed in the Netherlands and his three horses Dunges Don Perignon, Shannondale Quest on Carneyhaugh Rua before the match in Germany were brought to him.
Doel said the cancellation of the UK’s CCI5*s means horses at this level have already missed opportunities, citing the example of Shannondale Quest who would have gone to Badminton in both 2020 and 2021 had the event not been cancelled. “I’m very lucky to have three in the five star horses,” he said, adding that his owners had been very helpful.
Jonelle and Tim Price from Ireland
Mollie Summerland is staying with Tim Lips and thus complies with the quarantine provisions. The New Zealanders Jonelle and Tim Price, who live in England, had been in Ireland for some time (in Millstreet) and can therefore also go to Germany. Australian Andrew Hoy stayed in Belgium before leaving for Germany.
Source Horse and Hound