It’s a Kiwi quinella at the top of the CCI4*-S at the Barbury International Horse Trials in the UK with Tim Price leading aboard his Olympic mount Vitali (25.6 penalty points) and Andrew Nicholson in second on Swallow Springs (27.7). Andrew is also in fifth aboard Monbeg Exclusive on 30.6.
Yet to start in the CCI3*-S are Jonelle Price, Tim and Ginny Thompson. The competition runs through the weekend and many are using it as their last hit-out before heading into quarantine for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Andrew is honoured as the King of Barbury with an impressive five wins – four of those on the trot.
Tokyo-bound Sharn Wordley and Verdini d’Houtveld Z have picked up two fifths at the CSI3* Tryon Summer Festival in the United States. They were one of 10 combinations to go clear in the opening round of the FEI Horseware Ireland 1.50m Welcome Stakes, and one of five to go double clear. Sharn and Verdini d’Houtveld Z stopped the clock at 33.3 seconds, with winner Kevin Mealiff (IRE) and Tupac van de Vrombautshoeve Z coming home in 29.84 in the 41-strong class.
The Kiwi combo were also fifth in the 1.40m power and speed class on the opening day of the show with a double clear in 32.991 seconds, with winner Emma Sargent (USA) and Giolita crossing the flags in 26.763.
By Diana Dobson
Photos by Libby law/ESNZ