Five New Zealand showjumpers are vying for the four team spots to compete at the FEI Nations’ Cup in Prague next week.
Tom Tarver aboard Popeye, Bruce Goodin on Backatorps Danny V, Lily Tootill with Ulysses NZPH, Richard Gardner on Calisto 5 ad Daniel Meech aboard Cinca 3 are all eyeing the slots.
All five will compete at the CSIO3* show as individuals aboard their top horses, with four of them also taking part aboard their other mounts.
The New Zealand team, which has Helena Stormanns as chef d’equipe, will be named after the first day of jumping on Thursday.
It is the first time in 12 years the Czech Republic has hosted a Nations’ Cup and organisers are expecting riders from 20 countries at the event. The grand final of the series in Barcelona has already been cancelled, leaving just three CSIO events on the calendar but riders are still keen to gather necessary qualifications for the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games.
WHAT: CSIO3* Prague Cup, including FEI Nations’ Cup
WHERE: Chuchle Arena Praha
WHEN: August 20-23, 2020
The horse details:
Popeye – owned by Tom Tarver and Lucia Voss
Ulysses NZPH – owned by Theresa Gattung and Lily Tootill – Lily Tootill Equestrian
Cinca 3 – owned by Johnson Horses GmbH and Daniel Meech
Calisto 5 – owned by Gestut Jennissen, Gut Nechen Agrar GmbH and Richard Gardner
Backatorps Danny V – owned by Backatorp Ryder AB, and Bruce and Ulrika Goodin
By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison