Anyone who’s ever been to Luhmühlen’s CCI5* — or, indeed, followed EN’s coverage of it — knows that the most important part of the week isn’t the competition itself. Instead, it’s the teeny-weeny, itsy-bitsy, ludicrously adorable arena cross-country competition, which features some of the area’s tiniest tots and kindest ponies, judged by celebrity guests as they navigate inches-high fences in hot pursuit of mum on the lead-rein.
This year’s cancellation of Luhmühlen meant that the tiniest cross-country competition in the world seemed an inevitable victim, too — but the team at Germany’s best-loved venue are nothing if not creative and enormously adaptable. Sensing that the world was burning around them, they decided to firefight with the cutest cure they could possibly muster up. Kiddo cross-country was back on.
The best bit? This year, the competition made it out onto the actual cross-country course, where our pint-sized field toddled their way through water complexes hitherto only traversed by the superstars of the sport. We could be watching the second coming of Michi Jung amongst their ranks. If that’s the case, rest assured that we’ll pull this video back out as an embarrassment tactic at the 2040 Olympics.
We’re unfortunately unable to embed the video directly into this post, but you can click here to watch it on Facebook. It’s well worth every second of your time.
Go (tiny) Eventing!
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