June 15, 2014 -- Clear rounds were at a premium on Sunday in the final phase of the Luhmuhlen CCI4* over Heiko Wahlers' 13-obstacle track. Of the 31 combinations that went forward into the show jumping, only three competitors were able to jump American contingent were Land Rover Competition Grant recipients Boyd Martin and Shamwari, 4 who continued their climb up the leaderboard, finishing the prestigious German competition in third place.
Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) and the Shamwari 4 Syndicate LLC's 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding produced a strong performance in the show jumping leaving all the rails in place. However, the pair that has only been together since the beginning of 2014 finished just over the 88 second time allowed to collect a single time fault and finish on a score of 48.8.
"In January we got this horse and 10 people got behind him and believed in him and right from the get go I knew he was a class horse," said Martin. "I got here and everything fell into place this weekend, and I'm very happy."
The pair were making their CCI4* debut together this weekend and rose from 12th after the dressage on the strength of finishing clear and inside the time on the cross country to head into the show jumping in seventh place before rising four more places to finish in the top three. Making the top finish all the more impressive, Martin, a 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and 2012 London Olympics Games veteran, spent much of the spring season out of the saddle after breaking his leg in March.
Finishing in seventh place were Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and Bruce Duchossois' 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Mighty Nice. The combination lowered rails at three, 6C, and 12B to add 12 faults to their total in the show jumping. They finished the weekend on a score of 58.0.
Martin also piloted Otis Barbotiere Syndicate LLC's 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding Otis Barbotiere into 15th place. The pair, which represented the U.S. at the 2012 London Olympic Games, lowered rails at fences two and 12a on Sunday to finish on a score of 73.3.
New Zealand's Tim Price and Wesko were one of three pairs to jump without fault in the final phase to earn the 2014 Luhmuhlen CCI4* crown on a score of 43.8. Finishing in second place was Germany's Olympic, World, and European Champion Michael Jung and fisherRocana FST with a score of 45.5.
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