It has been a full day of competition for the trio of Kiwis at Le Grand Complet in Haras du Pin in France with Jonelle Price once again showing her class with numerous clear rounds that have seen her move up the leaderboards across the event.
She is the best of the Kiwis in the CCIO4*-S, having moved from ninth to sixth on 29.6 penalty points aboard McClaren after adding 1.2 time penalties to her tally in the showjumping. Overnight leader Michael Jung (GER) and Fischerchipmunk FRH added both time and jump penalties to slip to fifth giving the lead to Thibaut Vallette (FRA) aboard Qing du Briot IFCE who was double clear and remains on his dressage score of 26.6 penalty points. The top 10 in the class had a complete reshuffle after a challenging showjumping course with just 19 of the 93-strong field going clear and inside time.
Tim Price and Spartaco were clear, adding 1.6 time to move up to 12th spot on 30.8 while Wesko’s two rails saw him move to 16th on 31.3. Jonelle and Grovine de Reve had a big jump up the leaderboard thanks to going clear and inside time to move up 20 slots to 19th on 32 penalty points. Jonelle was also clear with Grappa Nera, adding just 0.8 time to move from 41st to 23rd and finish the day on 32.9. Bruce Haskell and Amiro Sky moved up a few slots too and sit on 46.1.
The New Zealand team – Tim on Wesko, Jonelle aboard Grovine de Rev and Bruce with Amiro Sky – is in fifth place in the Nations’ Cup class, sitting on 109.4 penalty points. Hosts France lead the pack on 84.2, with Great Britain second on 96.9, The Netherlands third on 98.6 and Australia just in front of the Kiwis on 106.8.
“I am naturally very pleased with my day,” says Jonelle. “It was a tough track and obviously our first big one for some time, so to jump three clear rounds, albeit with a couple of time faults, was really pleasing. I think a lot of all three of these horses, but each are still coming into their own in terms of either my relationship with them (McClaren and Grovine de Rev) while Grappa Nera is relatively young at nine years old. Top competitions with quality fields like this are a good opportunity to see how we are tracking and so far it is looking good.”
In the CCI3*-L Tim and Happy Boy have held on to their second spot after coming home clear and inside time in the cross country to remain on 27 penalty points. Gireg Le Coz (FRA) and Caramel D’orchis are still in front on 26.7. Nine of the 34-strong field were clear and inside time, with one retirement, one elimination and two withdrawals.
Jonelle and Curly Girl have moved inside the top 10 in the 87-strong CCI3*-S after going clear and inside time in the showjumping to remain on their 30.1 penalty point dressage score. Stephane Landois (FRA) and Chaman Dumontceau is still in the lead on 26.7.
Jonelle and Faerie Magnifico have retained their third place in the CCI2*-L after going double clear in the cross country to sit on 29.1. Bruce and Ex Cavalier’s Law were also double clear to remain on their 35.1 penalty point score. Nicolas Touzaint (FRA) and Absolut Gold HDC still leads on 28.
The horse details:
Spartaco – owned by Tim and Jonelle Price
Wesko – owned The Windrush Equestrian Foundation and Tim Price
McClaren – owned by David and Katherine Thomson
Grovine de Reve – owned by Therese Miller, Jo Preston-Hunt, Philip Hunt and Jonelle Price
Grappa Nera – owned by The Grape Syndicate and Jonelle Price
Amiro Sky – owned by Bruce, Judy and Tom Haskell
Happy Boy – owned by Susan Lamb and Therese Miller
Curly Girl – owned by Kate Amin, Lucy Sangster, Kate Holmes and Jackie Olivier
Faerie Magnifico – owned by Trisha Rickards
Ex Cavaliers Law – owned by
By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison
Photos by Libby Law Photography / Eric KNOLL