New Zealand’s Jonelle Price put up an impressive test on the Dutch Warmblood Cloud Dancer to lead after the first day of dressage in the CIC3* for the Messmer Trophy at the Luhmühlen Horse Trials in Germany.
In second place is Germany’s Ingrid Klimke with 43.60 on Horseware Hale Bob, with compatriot Peter Thomsen third on Horseware’s Cayenne with 48.30.
Tim Price is just behind the two Germans, coming in fourth on The Court Jester, with 48.60.
Afterwards, Jonelle Price said she had “never quite managed to nail it in the ring until today but there is more to come!”
There was some discussion among observers that her flying changes deserved a better mark than 7.5. Price herself said perhaps that those “half marks are a negative. They couldn’t have given me a 7 for the changes, so if they didn’t have a half mark option, they would have given me an 8.”
Tim Price said he had pushed The Court Jester, and was pleased with the result.
“We are just putting this together still. While his test at Tatts may have scored a better mark, I am trying to take him to another level so pushed him harder in this test. I rated it higher as a result, due to the way we tackled it. We did lose a bit of harmony in places but I was really pleased with him.”