Andrew Nicholson is the best of the Kiwis after day one of competition at the Barbury International Horse Trials in Wiltshire.
Nicholson and Yacabo BK are in fourth place on 28.1 penalty points in the CIC3*, with half the field still to complete their dressage. The field is led by Nicola Wilson (GBR) aboard Lizzie Green’s former ride Bulana, on 25.2.
Caroline Powell and On the Brash sit in 14th on 35.5, with Blyth Tait and Leo Distinction scoring 39.5. Still to come in the class is Powell aboard Up Up and Away and Jesse Campbell on Cleveland.
In the CIC2* (section C), Tim Price and Pats Jester are just out of the top 10 with their 30.3 effort. Sam Griffiths (AUS) and Billy Liffy lead the class on 25.4
In the CIC2* (section D), Campbell and Diachello II are in fourth on 25.8, with Nicholson and Andrea BT4 right behind him on 27.1, Dan Jocelyn aboard Fjury a couple back on 30.1 and Tim Price on Up in the Air on 32.6.
Still to come is the Event Rider Masters class, which kicks off on Saturday morning with the dressage and features Nicholson on Swallow Springs, Tim Price aboard Ascona M, Sir Mark Todd on NZB Campino, Jonelle Price on Kindred Spirit II, Tait on Dassett Courage and Virginia Thompson with Star Nouveau.
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The horse details:
Swallow Springs – owned by Paul and Diana Ridgeon
NZB Campino – owned by New Zealand Bloodstock and Sir Mark Todd
Star Nouveau – owned by Elaine Butterworth, Anthony Quirk and Virginia Thompson
Kindred Spirit II – owned by the Kindred Spirit Syndicate
Dassett Courage – owned by Thomas Barr, Sally Grant and Blyth Tait
Ascona M – owned by Suzanne Houchin, Lucy and Ben Sangster and Sir Peter Vela
Up Up and Away – owned by Cameron and Mary Crawford and Caroline Powell
Leo Distinction – owned by Julia and Fiona Fraser, Jane Lovell-Smith and Blyth Tait
Yacabo B – owned by Andrew Nicholson
On the Brash – owned by Sarah Tobey and Sue Smiley
Cleveland – owned by Kent Gardner and Jesse Campbell
Pats Jester – owned by Kate Maitland, Therese Miller, Philip Hunt, Jo Preston-Hunt and Tim Price
Up in the Air – owned by Sarah Hancox
Fjury – owned by Dr Anna-Louise MacKinnon
Diachello – owned by Kent Gardner and Jesse Campbell
Andrea BT4 – owned by Andrew Nicholson
By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison
Photos by Libby Law/ESNZ