Showjumping rails proved costly for the Kiwi eventers who slipped off the podium at the FEI Nations Cup at Le Grand Complet at Haras du Pin in France.
Germany ruled with their young team, finishing on 94.3 penalty points with France second on 98.5, Great Britain in third on 100.5, and New Zealand fourth with 106.5.
Tim Price and Falco were the best of the Kiwis, finishing in eighth spot on 30.2 after adding only 1.6 time to his dressage score. Jonelle Price and McClaren finished the competition on 35.8, having added only four penalties in the showjumping to her tally. Jesse Campbell and Diachello added time in the cross country, and both rails and time in the showjumping for his final score of 40.5. Virginia Thompson and Gladstone were the drop score.
Michael Jung (GER) and FischerChipmunk FRH won the individual on 22.8 with Tim again the best of the New Zealanders with his sixth place finish aboard Happy Boy who finished on his dressage score of 28.7. He was also 12th with Coup de Coeur Dudevin on 31.5.
Eighty-four of the original 118 starters completed the three tests.
THE HORSE DETAILS:
Falco – owned by Sue Benson and Tim Price
Gladstone – owned by Elaine Butterworth, Anthony Quirk and Virginia Thompson
McClaren – owned by David and Karie Thomson
Happy Boy – owned by Susan Lamb and Therese Miller
Coupe de Coeur Dudevin – owned by Jean-Louis Stauffer
Diachello – owned by Kent Gardner and Jesse Campbell
By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison