NZ horses dominate British eventing rankings

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Andrew Nicholson and Mr Cruise Control.
Andrew Nicholson and Mr Cruise Control.

Six New Zealand riders are in British Eventing’s top 20 list, with Andrew Nicholson coming out on top with 2591 points.

And Kiwi horses have also done well: the horses of New Zealand riders or Kiwi-bred horses fill 10 of the top 20 places in the 2013 rankings.

Andrew Nicholson retained first place in the rider rankings following another very successful season and also leads the FEI HSBC rankings. Topping the horse rankings is Nicholson’s Irish bred Mr Cruise Control, owned jointly by Nicholson, and Robin and Nicola Salmon. Mr Cruise Control has had a prolific season finishing fifth in the 4* at Pau and first in both the CIC3* at Chatsworth in May and Luhmuhlen 4*. His owners will be presented with the Calcutta Light Horse Trophy in recognition of his impressive achievement.

William Fox-Pitt and Parklane Hawk.
William Fox-Pitt and Parklane Hawk. © Mike Bain

The best of the British, and winner of the Tony Collins award, is Dorset based William Fox-Pitt who attained a total of 2142 points this season. In third is Oliver Townend on 1241, with Izzy Taylor is in fourth place, ahead of New Zealander Jonelle Richards. Fellow Kiwi Caroline Powell, on 656 points, just pipped compatriot Mark Todd with 651. Tim Price is 14th with 621, and Jonathan Paget 15th with 585.

Nicholson’s Mr Cruise Control and Nereo quinellaed the top two positions in the horse rankings, Mr Cruise Control with 409 points and Nereo with 382. Nicholson has three other horses in the top 20: Calico Joe (6th, 338), Avebury (7th, 332), and Quimbo (12th, 257).

In the next two places  is William Fox-Pitt’s mounts Chilli Morning (3rd, 378) and Seacookie 4th, 368). Fox Pitt has two others in the top 20: the New Zealand bred Parklane Hawk in 9th with 290, and Neuf des Coeurs (10th, 289).

New Zealand bred thoroughbred Clifton Promise is fifth with 365, Borough Pennyz in 8th place with 304 points, and Richards’s The Deputy is in 14th with 249, just head of the Kiwi bred Clifton Pinot, ridden by Australia’s Kevin McNab. Mark Todd’s Leonidas II rounds out the New Zealand influence on the rankings, in16th place on 238 points.

Andrew Nicholson also leads HSBC Eventing Riders’ World Rankings, which were published on Thursday.

The rankings are published by the world governing body, the FEI, and feature almost 3500 international eventing riders.

William Fox-Pitt is second, and Germany’s Michael Jung is third in the HSBC Rankings.

 

Top 20 Riders 2013

 

Position Name Points
1st Mr Andrew Nicholson 2591
2nd Mr William Fox-Pitt 2142
3rd Mr Oliver Townend 1241
4th Miss Izzy Taylor 938
5th Mrs Jonelle Richards 793
6th Mrs Nicola Wilson 730
7th Mrs Pippa Funnell 722
8th Mrs Aoife Clark 709
9th Mr Sam Griffiths 702
10th Mrs Caroline Powell 656
11th Sir Mark Todd 651
12th Mr Bill Levett 649
13th Mr Paul Tapner 623
14th Mr Tim Price 621
15th Mr Jonathan Paget 585
16th Miss Vittoria Panizzon 540
17th Mr Kevin Mcnab 493
18th Mr Mark Kyle 482
19th Mrs Kitty King 481
20th Mr Tom McEwen 456

 

Top 20 Horses 2013

Position Namesire x dam sire Owner/scountry of origin Points
1st MR CRUISE CONTROL Andrew Nicholson, Nicola Salmon, Robin E A Salmon 409
CRUISING x BROUSSARD Ireland
2nd NEREO Deborah Sellar 382
FINES x GOLFI Spain
3rd CHILLI MORNING Christopher Stone, Lisa Stone 378
PHANTOMIC x KOLIBR Germany
4th SEACOOKIE Catherine Witt 368
HELIKON Germany
5th CLIFTON PROMISE Frances Stead, Russell Hall 365
ENGAGEMENT New Zealand
6th CALICO JOE Andrew Nicholson 338
CLERKENWELL x BEAU SHER Ireland
7th AVEBURY Mark Barlow, Rosemary A Barlow 332
JUMBO x BAIRN United Kingdom
8th BOROUGH PENNYZ Vittoria Panizzon, Sally Bullen 304
CEVIN Z x DUTCH GOLD United Kingdom
9th PARKLANE HAWK Catherine Witt 290
GROSVENOR New Zealand
10th NEUF DES COEURS Margie Hall, David Hall, Judith Skinner, Jeremy Skinner 289
NIDOR PLATIERE x R B CHESNE France
11th MINERS FROLIC Nicholas Embiricos, Sarah Pelham, Valda Embiricos 266
MINERS LAMP x OATS United Kingdom
12th QUIMBO Mrs Deborah Sellar 257
LACROS x GALPHA Spain
13th HAPPY TIMES Mr Sam Griffiths, Mrs Dinah Posford, Mrs Juliet Donald 252
HERALDIK Germany
14th THE DEPUTY Mrs Lucy Sangster, Mrs Jonelle Richards 249
CULT HERO x CALYPSO Ireland
15th CLIFTON PINOT Kevin Mcnab, Russell Hall, Frances Stead 242
WALLENDA x ICELANDIC Australia
16th LEONIDAS II Diane E Brunsden, Peter Cattell 238
LANDOS x PARCO Germany
17th KILRONAN Penny and Fred Barker, Paul Tapner 231
GHAREEB x DIAMOND LAD Ireland
18th KING BOB Ludwig Svennerstal 230
KING OF SIAM United Kingdom
19th FENYAS ELEGANCE Pj Hegarty 225
RICARDO Z x GOOD THYNE Ireland
20th RIDDLE MASTER Rebecca Howard 222
RODERO x EYES TO RULE United States of America

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