Mark Todd in action at the Brigstock Horse Trials. © Horsesports Photographic
However, following the latest Eventing High Performance Squad Review by Equestrian Sports New Zealand, Nicholson is now the only rider remaining on the A squad, with Avebury, Nereo and Mr Cruise Control. Armada is on the B squad.
New to the B squad are Clarke Johnstone (Waikato), Jonathan Paget (Auckland) and Annabel Wigley (Christchurch), who join British Olympians Meyer, Caroline Powell and Mark Todd.
Eventing chief selector Andrew Scott said the younger riders had been notching some good results in recent months. "They're just knocking on the door to make the potential team."
Nicholson has been in outstanding form this season with some solid results, including fourth at the recent four star event in Luhmuhlen, Germany aboard Mr Cruise Control.
While Caroline Powell and Lenamore, New Zealand's best performed at Badminton with a seventh place finish, are not available for selection, she is named in the B squad with her other mount Mac MacDonald.
"It is disappointing not to have Lenamore available for selection," said Erik Duvander eventing high performance leader. "He's been a terrific campaigner for New Zealand since he first represented the country in 2006 at World Equestrian Games."
Todd is on squad with Grass Valley after a strong performance at Badminton.
"The performances at the two four star events at Badminton and Luhmuhlen were most definitely key deciders for these squads," Scott said,
The team is due to be named in early September, with the World Equestrian Games starting September 25 and running for three weeks.
A. 2010 - A Squad
The 2010 A Squad includes horse/rider combinations currently deemed capable of achieving a top 16 individual placing at the WEG Eventing Competition based on recent performances:
Andrew Nicholson Nereo
Andrew Nicholson Avebury
Andrew Nicholson Mr Cruise Control
B. 2010 - B Squad The 2010 B Squad includes rider/horse combinations capable of contributing to a top four team placing at the WEG Eventing Competition. Performance will be monitored through until final WEG selection on 1st September 2010.
Andrew Nicholson Armada
Annabel Wigley Black Drum
Caroline Powell Mac MacDonald
Clarke Johnstone Orient Express
Joe Meyer Snip
Joe Meyer Clifton Lush
Jonathan Paget Clifton Promise
Mark Todd Grass Valley
As a key outcome of its investment in Eventing, SPARC has set a performance target of a top four team finish in Kentucky. Due to the requirements of this funding target ESNZ will send a NZ Eventing Team of 4 or 5 rider/horse combinations to WEG 2010. This Team will consist of rider/horse combinations believed capable of contributing to a top four team placing.