Mr Cruise Control, by Cruising

 February 16, 2014
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By Jenni Autry on Jun 16, 2013 – Printed first on Eventing Nation!

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Zara Phillips did everything she could to steal the Luhmühlen win from Andrew Nicholson. But her beautiful double clear show jumping trip with High Kingdom (ISH) ultimately wasn’t enough, as Andrew and Mr. Cruise Control (ISH) also jumped double clear to win the Luhmühlen CCI4* on a 38. Michael Pollard posted on his Facebook page yesterday that he believes Andrew has gone to a new level, “adding a polish to his riding these days that matches the raw talent and athleticism he has always had.” After winning Burghley, Rolex, placing third at Badminton and now winning Luhmühlen, it seems Andrew is on a war path to prove he is indeed the best in the world. William Fox-Pitt took the third and fourth spots with Neuf des Coeurs and Lionheart, respectively, with scores of 47.7 and 48.2. Kevin McNab and Clifton Pinot rounded out the top five on a score of 51.5.

Thirty-three horses moved onto the CCI4* show jumping after the trot up. Andrew Hoy and Rutherglen, who were sitting in fourth place overnight, withdrew before the final phase, as did Constantin Van Rijckevorsel and Goodwins Reef. All other horses passed the final horse inspection, which is impressive considering the toll cross country took yesterday. Rails came down all around the show jumping course, which isn’t surprising considering how grueling Capt. Mark Phillips’ course proved to be. Only nine horse and rider pairs managed to deliver double clear show jumping trips. Marilyn Little and RF Demeter pulled one rail at the middle element of the triple combination toward the end of the course to finish in seventh place on 57.5. Demi jumped really well and looks to have recovered well after the cross country. MORE from Eventing Nation…

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