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Discipline
Dressage
Date of Birth
11/09/89
Lives
Hamilton, New Zealand
Born
New Zealand

Profile

SQUAD HORSE 2016 RIO OLYMPICS HORSE - Click on the horses name for further information
Antonello - Owned By John Thompson

2016 RIO OLYMPICS HORSE, NON TRAVELLING RESERVE 
Antonello - Owned By John Thompson

 

John Thompson moved from New Zealand to Australia as a 12-year-old with his family. In late 2015 he made the permanent return trip and has settled in the Waikato. He has featured in Australian squads throughout his career but challenges in getting an Aussie passport saw him hold on to his Kiwi one.

 

In 2013 he rode for New Zealand in the Trans Tasman at the Sydney CDI and won at the Boneo CDI.

Thompson started coming back to New Zealand to teach, and realised how much he loved and missed home.

 

He comes from blue blood equestrian lines – his father Colin owns Rich Hill Stud, one of New Zealand’s leading thoroughbred nurseries, and home to the likes of Jimmy Choux, Shocking, Pentire and others.

 

Mum Cheryl Thompson was a top showie in New Zealand. She learnt to ride at 30, and went on to win reserve Horse of the Year title with Enchantment. In early 2015 he bought Louisa Hill’s London Olympics horse Bates Antonello and very quickly the two have formed a solid partnership with some impressive results.

 

Major results:

2016

  • 4th Sydney CDI3* FEI Grand Prix 66.820% (JHT Antonello)

  • 1st Sydney CDI3* FEI Grand Prix Special 67.902% (JHT Antonello)

  • 2nd Sydney CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle 70.525% (JHT Antonello)

  • 1st (Australian) PSI Dressage With the Stars CDI-W FEI Grand Prix 70.2% (JHT Antonello)

  • 1st (Australian) PSI Dressage With the Stars CDI-W FEI Grand Prix Freestyle 71.025% (JHT Antonello)

  • NZ Dressage Horse of the Year crown (JHT Antonello)

  • 1st CDI3* (HOY) Grand Prix Freestyle to Music 73.8% (JHT Antonello)

  • 1st CDI3* (HOY) Grand Prix Special 69.896% (JHT Antonello)

  • 2nd CDI3* (HOY) Grand Prix 69.766% (JHT Antonello)

  • 2nd CDI3* (Nationals) Grand Prix Freestyle to Music 70.775% (JHT Antonello)

  • 1st CDI3* (Nationals) Grand Prix Special 69.706% (JHT Antonello)

  • 2nd CDI3* (Nationals) Grand Prix 66.8% (JHT Antonello)