Powell top-ranked Kiwi for World Cup eventing final

August 14, 2009

Olympian Caroline Powell is the top ranked New Zealander after the last of the World Cup qualifying rounds.

Earning points at Tattersalls in Ireland and at Gatcombe last weekend, Powell is ranked 10th on 83 points for the final, next weekend in Strzegom, Poland.

Caroline Powell and Lenamore at Gatcombe, where they placed fifth. © Kit Houghton/FEI
It is the first time the final has been in Eastern Europe.

British rider Mary King tops the rankings, with 211 points, also gained at Tattersalls and Gatcombe. American Buck Davidson is second, with 208 points, after taking the top two slots at Mansfield, Canada at the weekend, with his boost in points courtesy of the addition of the 2008 Mansfield event being added to the rankings roster. According to a specific agreement, riders had to have participated in Mansfield qualifiers in 2008 and 2009 for World Cup points to be validated for selection for the final in 2009.

Australia's Megan Jones is third in the rankings. She won both the New Zealand and Australian qualifiers, and will join compatriot and reigning World Cup champion Clayton Fredericks in the final. Fredericks and Ben Along Time won in 2005 and 2008.