Final World Cup eventing round under way

August 17, 2011

Kiwi rider Clarke Johnstone will be looking to keep his number one spot in eventing's World Cup series as the final leg of series starts with the trot-up in Le Pin, France, today.

Clarke Johnstone and Orient Express. © Rachel Smith/FEI
Johnstone, who leads the rankings on 118 points after winning the first two World Cup rounds in New Zealand and Australia, has Orient Express in the three-star class - Le Grand Complet - at Haras du Pin, France's national stud-farm, in Normandy. But close on his heels with 108 points is Australia's Chris Burton, who has Holstein Park Leilani and Newsprint in the class.

The only other Kiwi at the show is Mark Todd, who rides NZB Campino in the main class. Todd also has starters in the one and two star events.

A record 266 horses are to start over the three divisions.

Last year's winner, Britain's Emily Baldwin, is back with Drivetime, and Australian duo Clayton and Lucinda Fredericks are also among the 47 starters in the World Cup class.

Overall, there are riders from 14 nations participating: Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, France, Great-Britain, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Republic of South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, and the USA.