New Zealand showjumpers and eventers are in action in Europe this weekend.
In showjumping, Bruce Goodin and Kiwi Crusher have placed third in the middle tour two phase against the clock class at the CSI4* show in Poznan, Poland.
Seventy-six started the class, which was won by Dominique Hendrickx (GER) aboard Conventa who stopped the clock at 30 seconds in the final round. Goodin and Kiwi Crusher came home in 30.53 seconds.
Andrew Nicholson and Teseo are the best of the Kiwis in the Luhmuhlen CCI4* at the end of the dressage at the German event.
Nicholson sits in 29th spot on 52.1 penalty points, with Caroline Powell and Sinatra Frank Baby in 32nd on 53.7 and 38th with her other mount Spice Sensation, and Tim Rusbridge and Oneforthenotebook in 45th on 62.2.
The 48-strong class is being led by Bettina Hoy (GER) and Designer 10 who sit on 36 penalties, with Julia Krajewski (GER) and Samurai du Thot in second on 37.1 and Marilyn Little (USA) and RF Scandalous in third on 38. Hoy previously won the event in 2005 aboard Ringwood Cockatoo.
The cross country starts just after midnight NZ time and is being described as impressive and beautifully presented. The course stars off flowing nicely to give the horses the chance to get going, followed by some good technical questions.
While it isn’t considered as challenging as other 4* courses, riders are cautioning it should not be underestimated.
The horse details:
Teseo owned by Phillip Channer and Andrew Nicholson
Sinatra Frank Baby owned by Chris Mann and Caroline Powell
Spice Sensation owned by Claire and Michael Hunter and Caroline Powell
Oneforthenotebook owned by A Scott and Tim Rusbridge
Kiwi Crusher owned by Brad Cunningham
By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison
Photos by Libby Law/ESNZ