New Zealand are sitting in sixth place in the FEI Nations Cup competition at Houghton Hall with the cross country still to come. Great Britain lead on 88 penalty points, with Germany right behind on 89.2, Ireland third on 102.3, followed by Sweden on 103.6, the United States on 107.5 and the Kiwis on 111.8.
Jesse Campbell remains the best of the New Zealanders in the CICO3*, sitting in fourth place on 26.8 penalty points aboard Amsterdam II after a super clear in the showjumping. His second mount Cleveland slipped from fifth to 37th thanks to a rail and time penalties, and now sit on 34.5. Caroline Powell and Sinatra Frank Baby added a rail to their dressage tally to finish on 39.8, while Neil Spratt and Galwaybay Echo had three down for a score of 45.2 in the 105-strong class. Pippa Funnell (GBR) and Billy Beware still lead on 26, but their two time penalties in the showjumping could be costly at the end of competition and sees just .8 between the top four.
Campbell remains well in contention in the CCI1*, in second place aboard Diachello II on 27.1. Dirk Schrade (GER) and Dajara 4 still leads on 24.6, with Spratt and Gaillard Lancer having moved up to 14th spot on 31, Hollie Swain and Drumnaconnell Nico picking up two time penalties to slip a few slots with their 32.7, and Powell and Halaraafa still on their 34 penalty point dressage score.
In France, Sir Mark Todd and McClaren remain in seventh place at the end of the dressage and cross country. The combination added just 4.8 time penalties to their tally to sit on 35.1 penalty points in the CCI3* class at Saumur Complet. Chris Burton (AUS) and Quality Purdey have taken the lead on 29.2, thanks to coming home clear and inside time.
Just five of the 36 starters were clear and inside time on the cross country, with 14 clear but picking up time penalties, five others eliminated and four retiring.
Tim Price and Pats Jester have finished early in the CIC3* at the Equestrian Festival Baborowko in Poland. The Kiwi combo were one of four to be eliminated on the cross country, with a further six retiring on course. Just two of the 27 who still remain in contention were home clear and inside time. Overnight leader Oliver Townend (GBR) and Andrew Nicholson’s former horse Cillnabradden Evo are still at the front and remain on their 25.7 penalty point dressage score. Maxime Livio (FRA) and Pica D’or were the only others to add nothing to their tally, moving them from 20th to fourth on 33.3.
The horse details:
Amsterdam 21 – owned by Craig Campbell
Cleveland – owned by Jesse Campbell and Kent Gardner
Sinatra Frank Baby – owned by Chris Mann and Caroline Powell
Galwaybay Echo – owned by June Burgess
Pats Jester – owned by Kate Maitland, Therese Miller, Philip Hunt, Jo Preston-Hunt and Tim Price
McClaren – owned by David and Katherine Thomson
Diachello II – owned by Jesse Campbell and Kent Gardner
Drumnaconnell Nico – owned by Hollie Swain
Gaillard Lancer – owned by Marcus Craggs
By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison
Photos by Libby Law/ESNZ