Kiwi eventers are all sitting very handy in their respective classes in the United Kingdom, France and Poland.
Jesse Campbell has two in the top seven in the CCIO3* at the Houghton Hall International Horse Trials in the UK. Overnight he notched 26.5 penalty points in the dressage aboard Cleveland, to sit in fifth, with Amsterdam II on 26.8 in seventh equal.
Neil Spratt rode a tactful test on the slightly quirky Galwaybay Echo to score 33.2 and keep well in touch with the leaders. Caroline Powell and Sinatra Frank Baby will do their dressage overnight. Pippa Funnell (GBR) is in the top two spots, leading aboard MGH Grafton Street on 23.7, and just behind on 24 with Billy Beware.
New Zealand’s Nations Cup chef d’equipe Jacky Green says there has been plenty of interest in the Kiwis. “New Zealand has been targeted by IMG – the worlds largest independent sports programming – to feature in the documentary they are making on the Nations Cup Series as one of three teams to watch, so we have done some cool interviews with them,” she said.
New Zealand’s Nations Cup team comprises Campbell aboard Amsterdam II, Spratt on Galwaybay Echo and Powell on Sinatra Frank Baby.
Campbell is also very handy in the CCI1* class, sitting in second aboard Diachello II on 27.1. Dirk Schrade (GER) and Dajara 4 lead the 105-strong field on 24.6. Hollie Swain, who used to ride for Jock Paget, is in 10th equal spot aboard Solo XII with a score of 29.4, with Drumnaconnell Nico in 17th equal on 30.7. Spratt and Fonbherna Lancer is in 14th on 30 with Powell and Shannondale Inca in 19th equal on 30.9.
Tim Price and Pats Jester are in second place at the end of the dressage in the CIC3* at the Equestrian Festival Baborowko in Poland. The Kiwi combo sit on 27.5 penalty points, just behind leader Oliver Townend (GBR) aboard Cillnabradden Evo on 25.7. Price will be the second to last combination of the 39 starters in tonight’s cross country.
In France, at Saumur Complet, Sir Mark Todd and McClaren are sitting in seventh place at the end of the dressage with their 30.3 penalty point effort. Donatien Schauly ADJ (FRA) and Ocarina du Chanois lead the 36-strong CCI3* field on 26.8. However, tomorrow’s Pierre Michelet-designed cross country is expected to give the leaderboard a good shake up.
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
By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison
Photos by Libby Law/ESNZ