The Kiwis are still leading the CCIO3* Military Boekelo-Enschede in The Netherlands, with two combinations in the top six after an influential cross country this morning.
Tim Price and Cekatinka have taken the lead, moving up from fifth after the dressage, going clear and picking up just four time faults to sit on 43.7 penalty points. Sir Mark Todd and McClaren did exactly the same to move from 13th to sixth, adding four to their 46.7 tally. There is just a single showjumping rail between Price and Todd.
The team sit 13.4 penalties clear of second-placed Germany, with Australia another 17.4 adrift in third.
Both Daniel Jocelyn and Blyth Tait added just time faults to their scores – Jocelyn and Grovine de Reve are on 62.5 in 30th and Tait aboard Havanna van’t Castaneahof are on 65.1 in 33rd.
Overnight leader Alex Hua Tian (CHINA) and Don Geriro are in second on 44.1. Chris Burton (AUS) and Cooley Lands were the only ones to go clear and inside time, moving them from 69th after the dressage to the top 10.
Thirteen combinations retired on course, including Tait and his individual horse Dassett Courage and Megan Heath aboard Camelot. A further eight combinations were eliminated. Just 77 combinations completed the day.
The horse details:
Havanna Van ‘T Castaneahof owned by Lizzie Green and Katherine Corich
McClaren owned by David and Katherine Thomson
Grovine de Reve owned by Therese Miller, Jo Preston-Hunt, Philip Hunt and Dan Jocelyn
Cekatinka owned by Joanne Pullan
Dassett Courage owned by Thomas Barr, Sally Grant and Blyth Tait
Camelot owned by Megan Heath
By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison
Photos by Libby Law/ESNZ