New Zealand eventing couple Tim and Jonelle Price were just pipped for the top two placings in the CIC3* horse trials at Hartpury International on Saturday, with Australia’s Chris Burton taking the honours in the class for the third year in a row.
Burton, riding Graf Liberty, finished on his dressage score of 44.2. Tim Price, riding his Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games horse Wesko, were unlucky to drop a jump rail and have two cross-country time faults to add 6 penalties to his leading dressage score of 41.7. Jonelle Price was third with 48.7 after a faultless round on her WEG horse Classic Moet.
Top placed Brit was fourth placed William Fox Pitt on Avoca Alibi, who was penalised by a slow round to end the day on 53.9.
Jonelle won the prize for the rider closest to the optimum time, coming in bang on 6min,22sec, and was also 12th with The Deputy on 56.5.
Of the other Kiwi riders in the CIC3*, Caroline Powell and Thornfield Jones were 16th on 60.8, Blyth Tait and his Xanthus III and Bear Necessity V finished in 26th and 27th places respectively, with Jock Paget and Shady Grey not far behind in 31st. Megan Heath and St Daniel were 40th.
Just 64 of the original 93 strong field completed the event – Lucy Jackson and Mercury Bay retiring on the cross country, with Paget and Clifton Promise withdrawing before the cross country, and Powell withdrawing Macamore before the showjumping.
Jonathan Paget rode a superb clear round on Clifton Signature to stay in first place in the CCI**, despite picking up 0.8 time penalty, on a score of 43.3. Matthew Wright on Shannondale Shinawil went clear inside the time to move up to second place on 45.2 and Alice Dunsdon on Wolf Tone also completed a clear round to finish in third on 45.3.
Jonelle Price and Cloud Dancer II sit in eighth spot after adding four cross-country time faults.
In the CCI* the top three retained their positions after the cross-country round, as Christopher Burton impressed again on Santano II with a clear round, finishing on his dressage score of 35.7. New Zealander Lucy Jackson on Corazon went inside the time to stay in second place on 37.8, followed by Nicolas Touzaint from France, on Tzinga d’Auzay who also went clear and stayed on 40.4.
The showjumping for the 1 and 2 star classes takes place on Sunday.