NZ team in second at World Equestrian Games

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 06:57 29/08/2014
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DRESSAGE: Mark Todd rides his horse Leonidas II.

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Tim Price and Sir Mark Todd have put the New Zealand eventing team in a strong position on the opening day of the World Equestrian Games.

The Kiwis were second to Germany after strong dressage performances from Price and Todd on a soggy day at Le Pin National Stud in Normandy, France.

Price finished the day fourth on the individual standings with his horse Wesko recording 42 penalties.

Todd, riding Leonidas II, was 12th individually with a score of 49.2

Price was aiming for perfection, but hadn't always found it.

"He's young and that showed in his halts," Price said.

Todd said he would have liked better but was left pretty satisfied.

"It was difficult conditions. Tim Price did very well - very well for him and the team," Todd said.

Britain's William Fox-Pitt and the free-flowing chestnut stallion Chilli Morning have swept into pole position.

Fox-Pitt admitted that this was the best test his horse had  performed. The judges rewarded his expressive and correct canter work with a plethora of 8s. Fox-Pitt's riding also drew a couple of 9s. His effort lifted Britain to third behind the Kiwis in the teams contest.

"I'm very relieved that we nailed the test," said Fox-Pitt, who was the only competitor today to earn a mark in the 30s.

"He's a lovely horse to ride on the flat and he coped really well in that arena. It was gloomy and wet and soggy."

The German team effort was built around Michael Jung and Ingrid Klimke, who were second and third individually.

Day two would be a big one for New Zealand with Andrew Nicholson on Nereo and Jock Paget on Clifton Promise completing the team dressage.

Lucy Jackson on Willy Do and Jonelle Price on Classic Moet were in the individual competition.

EVENTING DAY ONE - DRESSAGE

Individual

1 William Fox-Pitt (GBR)/ Chilli Morning - 37.5

2 Michael Jung (GER)/ Fischerrocana FST - 40.7

3 Ingrid Klimke (GER)/ FRH Escada JS - 41.2

4 Tim Price (NZL)/ Wesko - 42.0

5 Elaine Pen (NED)/ Vira - 42.3

Also: 12 Mark Todd (NZL)/ Leonidas II - 49.2

Team

1 Germany - 81.9

2 New Zealand - 91.2

3 Great Britain - 92

4 USA - 92.5

5 The Netherlands - 97.3

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