Kiwi WEG eventing squads revised

June 25, 2010

New Zealand has revised its World Equestrian Games eventing squads, with Olympian Joe Meyer being dropped back into the country's B squad.


Mark Todd in action at the Brigstock Horse Trials. © Horsesports Photographic
Meyer and Andrew Nicholson were the only two riders on the original WEG squad - Meyer with Snip and Clifton Lush and Nicholson with Avebury, Nereo and Armada.

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.