The Kiwis have finished on a high at the Kronenberg Horse Trials in The Netherlands and all the buzz is around when they’ll be back. Ticking those all essential boxes for Olympic qualification was the goal and placing second in the CCI4*-L was a bonus for Tim Price.

He and Falco added nothing in the showjumping to finish on 42.4 penalty points in the 19-strong class which was won by Astier Nicolas (FRA) aboard Babylon de Gamma on 41.2. Tim was also seventh aboard Coup de Coeur Dudevin after adding four jump faults for a final tally of 58.3. Only four combinations completed the showjumping inside time and without jump faults.

“I am very happy with them both,” said Tim. “It was very much the priority to qualify and both have done that very nicely. It is a bonus to come second. Both horses have pulled up very well. An early 4*-L like this is going to set them up nicely for the season ahead.”

Earlier in the weekend Clarke Johnstone and Rocket Man finished seventh in the 71 strong CCI3*-S.

Caroline Powell was pleased with her team after a “cracking” week at Kronenberg, ticking those qualification boxes for CBI Aldo and Greenacres Special Cavalier, who was the best of the Kiwis in the CCI4*-S in 17th spot. “Why on earth have we never been to this fantastic venue before,” she said. “Great organisation, all weather surfaces and hard standing for the lorries.”


By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison
Photos by Pam Cunningham Irish Eventing Times