Felix Vogg received the greatest birthday present winning his first 5* event the Longines Luhmühlen Horse Trials riding his Tokyo Olympic horse Colero. This was Switzerlands first five star win in over 70 years.
Felix finished the competition, having jumped clear within the time on both the cross country and show jumping, on his impressive dressage score of 29.0.
After winning the compeition Felix Vogg said “When I rode into the arena, I just focused on keeping calm and tried to blank out everything else. That took the pressure off me and also off the horse, which was important. Even with a pole, the result would have been a personal highlight. He can jump fantastically and he showed that today. Many thanks to the audience, the horse’s breeders and the organisers. This victory is extraordinary for me!”
In second place was Kirsty Chabert from Great Britain who also finished on her dressage score “Classic has been fantastic this whole week. She gave me a phenomenal round cross country and she’s a very, very good jumper. It’s a team effort and we go out of our way to keep her in her happy place and then she rewards us by going above and beyond.”
Third on the podium was New Zealand’s Jonelle Price: “I was a little frustrated with our dressage result. Faerie is brilliant but also a right little madam. It’s her fourth time in Luhmühlen and she’s already seventeen, so you’d think she knows her job but the dressage was hard work, we had a few mistakes and during today’s prize giving I couldn’t help but think ‘what if…’. On the other hand, she gave me lovely rides in the crosscountry and show-jumping phases and she’s always trying to do the right thing. She’s an incredible nice little mare and deserved a podium finish. She’s also quite pretentious, so I’m sure she enjoyed the prize giving today and thinks she has won.”