Tim Price’s Wesko looked every bit the superstar en route to fourth place at the end of the dressage in the penultimate leg of the Event Rider Masters at Haras de Jardy in France this morning.
And when organisers are calling your horse a “worldwide favourite” you have to be happy.
Price and Wesko – who is in just back after a two year break – scored 25.2 penalty points, to sit just behind leader Alexander Bragg (GBR) on Zagreb on 23.6.
Sir Mark Todd and McClaren are the next best of the Kiwis in 19th spot on 32.3, with Jonelle Price and Cooley Showtime in 28th on 35.3 in the 36-strong field.
Tim Price was over the moon with the efforts of his horse. “It just shows the showman that he is,” he said. “You wouldn’t normally expect a horse to focus like that on their first time out. It’s like I think it and he does it. He is a jumping machine and does this bit just to get through to the fun bits. We’re really looking forward to tomorrow.”
The action-packed showjumping and cross country is guaranteed to give the leaderboard a good shuffle and with just 3.5 penalty points across the top 10, the podium is there for the taking.
The cash-rich series is popular with riders and spectators alike for both its speed and excitement. With the series final nearly here, there is plenty of competition for those valuable points.
Tonight’s competition will be livestreamed through eventridermasters.tv .
The horse details:
McClaren – owned by David and Katherine Thomson
Wesko – owned by Tim Price and the late Christina Kundsen
Cooley Showtime – owned by Suzanne Houchin, Lucy and Ben Sangster and Sir Peter Vela
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By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison