Samantha Lissington is over the moon with the efforts of her CCI5*-L debutant Lord Seekonig, who this morning finished 11th at the Luhmuhlen Horse Trials in Germany.

“He well and truly earnt his 5* crown today,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for more and am so excited for the future with this special horse.” The Kiwi combo picked up four faults in the showjumping, adding to their 34.7 penalty point dressage score and 11.29 time in the cross country for a final tally of 47.5.

Tim Price and Viscount Viktor finished on 82 after adding 12 jump and four time in the showjumping while Muzi Pottinger and Good Timing added just 0.4 time for their final tally of 95.5.

The class was won by Lara de Liedekerke-Meier (GER) and Hooney d’Arville who came from behind to finish on 35.6 and edge out overnight leader Rosalind Canter (GBR) aboard Izilot DHI who had an expensive 10 fault showjumping round to finish in fourth. Tom McEwen (GBR) aboard CHF Cooliser were second on 36 and Yasmin Ingham (GBR) aboard Rehy DJ were third with 36.9. Forty-two started the class with 31 completing the three tests. Just four were clear and inside time over the Mike Etherington-Smith designed cross country course with six adding nothing in the showjumping.

Tim Price and Falco were the best of the Kiwis in a very competitive 66-strong CCI4*-S class finishing 10th with a perfect showjumping round adding nothing to their 35.7 penalty point effort. The duo consistently worked their way up the leaderboard over all three tests, scoring 32.5 in the dressage for 26th, then moving to 14th after adding only 3.2 time in the cross country.

Two slots back was Clarke Johnstone aboard Menlo Park who added .8 time this morning for their 36.8 penalty point effort. Clarke withdrew Domasco before the showjumping after the horse woke with a sore foot.

Jonelle Price and Hiarado finished their Luhmuhlen with a perfect showjumping round for 15th place on 39.6 after moving their way up the leaderboard after each phase of the competition.

Tim Price and Coup de Coeur Dudevin had a final score of 42.5 after adding four faults in the showjumping for a final tally of 42.5 while James Avery and MBF Connection did the same for his 44.5 score.

Just 50 combinations completed the three phases with Yasmin Ingham (GBR) and Banzai du Loir sliding in for the win after adding nothing to their 29.3 penalty point overnight score. Tom McEwen (GBR) and JL Dublin were second on 29.6 with Michael Jung (GER) rueing an expensive four fault showjumping rail to relinquish his lead and having to settle for third on 30.9.






Lord Seekonig

by Lord Fauntleroy out of Seekoenigin who by Carpalo

Sharon Honiss, Annabelle and Robin Greville Williams, Brayden Lissington and Neil Robertson

Viscount Viktor

by Viscount 22 out of Noble Beauty who is by Nobre

Barbara Cooper, Glynn Norcutt, Ginny Rusher and Tim Price

Good Timing

by Nom du Jeu out of Baloushe who is by Black Minnaloushe

The Volunteer Syndicate

MBF Connection

by Luidam out of Traditionally Aloof

Hazel Liversey and James Avery

Menlo Park

by Berlin out of Faerie Queen who is by Rock King

Jean, Rob and Clarke Johnstone


by Zoffany out of Iwunder who is by Kings Best

Clarke Johnstone


by Diarado out of Ubiloa who is by Ekstein

David and Karie Thomson


by Cardenio 2 out of Witta who is by Weinberg

Sue Benson and Tim Price

Coup de Coeur Dudevin 

by Top Gun Semilly out of Tiebreak Combehory who is by Leprince des Bois

Jean-Louis Stauffer and Tim Price

By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison
Photos by Libby Law/ESNZ