Changes to NZ's Olympic 2012 equestrian squad

February 4, 2010


Jenna Mahoney and Santos.

A handful of changes have been made to New Zealand's 2012 Olympic Games eventing squad, with two Australasian-based newcomers added to the mix.

Several top horse trials performances in the past 12 months have propelled Jenna Mahoney and Santos into contention. The 29-year-old is based in Clevedon, Auckland, and with Santos won the advanced class at Arran Station in November, and placed seventh at the four-star Australian International 3 Day Event late last year. She has been riding Santos, an 11-year-old bay thoroughbred gelding by Grosvenor, since 2004.

Joining Mahoney is New South Wales-based Blair Richardson, who with Spend Up finished fifth at the Australian International 3DE. Richardson was part of the 2007 Trans-Tasman challenge winning team.

Selectors seem to be playing mix and match with some of the other riders and horses, with several staying on the squad but with different horses.

With the loss of Gandalf late last year, Todd has been re-named to the 2012 squad with two other horses, Land Vision and Grass Valley.

Caroline Powell has been named with Mac MacDonald and Apapa, and Joe Meyer with Sanskrit instead of Clifton Lush. Andrew Nicholson's Mr Cruise Control is in, while his Armada is out.