It’s a strong contingent of Kiwi eventers heading to the Hartpury International Horse Trials this weekend.
Leading the way will undoubtedly be world no.1 Tim Price who has both Bango and Ringwood Sky Boy in the 110-strong CCI4*-S class. Thirteen-year-old Bango was second recently in the CCIO4*-S at Cappoquin and has competed at Aachen and across the 5* events at Badminton, Burghley, Luhmuhlen and Kentucky. At 16, Ringwood Sky Boy is a stellar anchor in Tim’s string having won Burghley last year and finished in the top five the previous three years, represented New Zealand at the Rio Olympic Games and also finished top 10 at Badminton.
Looking to make her mark on the UK scene will be Samantha Lissington and the 10-year-old bay gelding Ricker Ridge Rui who were winners of the CCI4*-S at Kihikihi this year. Hartpury will be their first big international start since moving to the UK last month. Samantha has based with Ginny Thompson who has entered her lovely 14-year-old mare Star Nouveau. The combination moved to the UK in 2018 and rode an absolute blinder on the cross country this year.
James Avery has both 12-year-old One of a Kind and 14-year-old Aloha entered in the 4*. Both are relatively new to James but he and Aloha were second at Tattersalls in the CCI3*-L and third in the CCI3*-S at Cappoquin, and with One of a Kind was in the top seven in the CCI3*-S at Cappoquin.
Dan Jocelyn and Florencina R are the only Kiwi combination in the 54 entries in the CCI3*-L with the 81-strong CCI2*-L attracting Tim Rusbridge on Inception, Jesse Campbell aboard Cooley Lafitte.
The cross country courses at Hartpury have been designed by Eric Winter and are certainly seen as good prep for those heading to Burghley and Blenheim, and consequently all the fields are very strong.
The first horse inspection for the CCI2*-L is on Wednesday with dressage running Thursday and Friday, the cross country Saturday and showjumping Sunday. The CCI3*-L follows a similar format. The CCI4*-S has its dressage on Thursday, showjumping Saturday morning and cross country later in the day.
WHAT: Hartpury International Horse Trials
WHEN: August 8-11, 2019
WHERE: Hartpury, Glos, UK
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The horse details:
Ricker Ridge Rui – owned by Christine Quigley and Samantha Lissington
One of a Kind – owned by Hazel Livesey
Aloha – owned by Hazel Livesey
Bango – owned by Numero Uno Syndicate
Ringwood Sky Boy – owned by Varenna Allen, Robert Taylor and Tim Price
Star Nouveau – owned by Elaine Butterworth, Anthony Quirk and Virginia Thompson
Florencina R – owned by Jo Preston-Hunt, Philip Hunt and Dan Jocelyn
Inception – owned by Tim Rusbridge
Cooley Lafitte – owned by Jay Jaffar
By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison