The short CCI4* in Luhmühlen also counted as the German eventing championships last weekend. And the national title went to multi-champion Michael Jung. Sandra Auffarth took silver and Julia Krajewski bronze. The three will also be going to Tokyo, national coach Hanz Melzer announced today. Talking about Tokyo: Luhmühlen was also an observation competition for the Dutch riders. Merel Blom was the best performer with an 8th place. Michael Jung has already won everything there is to win in eventing. But still this German title with fischerChipmunk FRH (by Contendro I) was a special one for the top rider.
“This title means a lot to me, especially in this year,” Jung said of the win. He had already taken the lead in dressage (with the wonderful score of -21.4) and also came out on top with that score. Chipmunk jumped through the course like nothing today and took his fourth win in four starts this year. Sandra Auffarth took second place, both in the German championship and in the overall results. She also stayed on her dressage score (27.1). She took the silver with Viamant du Matz (by Diamant de Semilly). Julia Krajewski took the bronze with 27.9 penalty points on Amande de B’Neville (by Oscar des Fontaines). After the dressage (23.9) and the cross-country she was still in a better position than Auffarth, but a fault in the jumping caused her to drop to 27.1 penalty points (fifth place in total). Federal coach Hans Melzer, who will be experiencing his last Games as the German coach of the eventing riders in Tokyo, goes into the Games with confidence. The goal is clear: team gold and individual gold. “I would be a bad coach and my riders would be bad riders if that was not the goal,” he said. Ahead of Krajewski in the overall results were Andrew Hoy (-27.6) and Sweden’s Louise Romeike (27.6). Tim Price finished sixth ahead of Andreas Dibowski (who will go to Tokyo as a reserve for Germany).