Kiwi rider pipped at post at Withington

May 3, 2011

Kiwi eventer Jonelle Richards came within a whisker of taking out the Open Intermediate class at the Withington Manor horse trials on The Deputy at the weekend.

Jonelle Richards placed second with The Deputy at Withington Manor at the weekend. Along with Tim Price, the young Kiwi rider is building a solid team in Britain. © Al Crook
The Wiltshire-based rider was pipped by Lucy Wiegersma and Wish Upon a Star, who finished on 32.7. Richards and The Deputy ended on 32.8, and rode her other mount, Flintstar, to 10th in the same class with 41.9.

Richards, who is based with fellow Cantabrian Tim Price and sponsored by feed manufacturer Mitavite, has been in Britain for several years. The pair are building up a solid team with an eye to representing New Zealand at the highest level, and discuss their journey in the video below.

Blyth Tait was also out at Withington on his new horse, Santos II, in the Open Intermediate class. The pair put up a very good dressage test, but dropped three showjumping rails and had cross-country time faults to finish down the rankings in 25th.

Tait also finished third behind former team-mate Andrew Nicholson (Omeya) in a novice class on Wesko.

Images © Al Crook

Blyth Tait and Santos II

Jonelle Richards and The Deputy

Lucy Jackson and Kilcoltrim Ambassador

Dan Jocelyn and Special Advocate

Neil Spratt and Elton II

Bruce Haskell and Rocco II