Luhmühlen’s patron, HRH The Princess Royal visited the venue for its 60th anniversary.
After taking a tour of the modernised showground, Princess Anne walked parts of the cross-country course accompanied by Luhmühlen’s event director Julia Otto and course designer Mike Etherington-Smith. First they went to see some of the obstacles fitted with the MIM Safety System before proceeding to the Meßmer water complex, which Princess Anne still remembers from all those years ago, when she competed here in 1975.
The cross-country walk was followed by the official part of her visit. First of all, Michael Spethmann, one of Luhmühlen’s shareholders and sponsors, thanked The Princess Royal: “Welcome back to Luhmühlen. It’s been a long time since your last visit. Sixty years of eventing in Luhmühlen is a very special occasion. We are extremely grateful you have been the patron for the last three years and we always felt your thoughts have been with us all the time. We hope that the good relations will continue and thank you for your visit.”
After the German politician Michael Grosse-Brömer addressed the princess, she commented on her visit: “It’s a real pleasure to be back here. Much has changed over the years here in Luhmühlen and in eventing. There is so much that is excellent about Luhmühlen: the course, the way it’s run, the hospitality and the way everyone is treated. Over sixty years there have been so many people who rose to the occasion – that’s quite extraordinary. For everybody in the eventing world, Luhmühlen has been an important venue. It’s a pleasure to join you for this event, but I hope the whole event will be a major celebration.”
Julia Otto thanked Luhmühlen’s patron for joining the celebrations and presented her with the Niedersachsenross by the Fürstenberg Porzellanmanufaktur Niedersachsen: “Thank you so much for your kind words and your ongoing support. We hope you will enjoy your stay in Luhmühlen.”
For the concluding part of her visit, HRH The Princess Royal presented the rosettes to the children taking part in the Kids Cross Country Fun, a lead rein class over tiny cross-country jumps, which was judged by the Olympic Gold Medallists Michael Jung and Hinrich Romeike. They were supported by Judith Rakers, a German TV presenter.
Article Source: Luhmühlen International Horse Trials Press Release
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