Kiwi leads final shot at eventing World Cup

August 4, 2011

Eventing World Cup series leader Clarke Johnstone heads the field for the final leg of the contest, in Le Pin, France, in a fortnight's time.

Clarke Johnstone and Orient Express. © Rachel Smith/FEI
New Zealand's Johnstone, who has two World Cup round wins and a third place to his credit, has a two-pronged attack on the spoils at the Le Grand Complet with Orient Express and Incognito. He leads the FEI Eventing World Cup rankings with 118 pts.

He is joined by his World Games team-mate Mark Todd, and the Australian Chris Burton, second on the World Cup rankings with 108 points. Burton will start three horses in the main class, including Holstein Park Leilani, who was second to Johnstone's Orient Express at Kihikihi.

Britain's Emily Baldwin, last year's Le Grand Complet winner, is back with Drivetime to defend her title. Baldwin also won the Chatsworth World Cup leg in May.

More than 20 other British riders are also taking part, as is British-based Chinese rider Alex Hua Tian.

Australia's Clayton Fredericks, who is currently ranked sixth in the HSBC FEI rankings, will ride three in the World Cup class - Bendigo, who won this year the CCI 3* of Saumur/France; Be My Guest, 5th in the CICO 3* of Fontainebleau/France; and Dunges Laurent Rose, 4th in the CCI4* at Luhmuhlen/Germany). He has three other horses in other classes, but will also be attending a course designer's clinic with Pierre Le Goupil.

Other countries represented include Belgium, Spain, Czech Republic, Italy, The Netherlands, Switzerland. and the USA.

Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland will also have several representatives in the CIC1* and CIC2*.