Price pushes to join national equestrian team

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 05:00 14/06/2014

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Tim Price continues to present his case for inclusion on the New Zealand eventing team for the World Equestrian Games in August.

Price finished ninth at Badminton last month, having been second heading into the final showjumping phase, and has continued that form at four-star level with a strong dressage on the first day at Luhmuhlen, Germany.

Price and Wesko notched 43.80 penalty points to be in second place with half the field of 54 having completed the dressage. The Kiwi combination was just 0.6 points behind the leader, Dutch law student Elaine Pen riding Vira.

It was a good day for the Price family with Tim's wife Jonelle, a member of New Zealand's bronze medal-winning team at the London Olympics, also holding a top-10 position. She was seventh on Classic Moet.

Craig Nicolai did not fare so well; he was 25th after carding 67.50 on Just Ironic.

Australian Kevin McNab, who is back competing after his provisional suspension was last week lifted following a tribunal hearing in the Burghley horse doping case, was occupying last place of the 27 riders who completed their dressage on the first day.

Mark Todd (Oloa) and Canterbury's Annabel Wigley (Frog Rock) are among the Kiwis in action on the second day of dressage.

Luhmuhlen is the third of six annual four-star events on the calendar, with Burghley (England), Pau (France) and Adelaide (Australia) to follow in 2014.

The first two events of the year were won by England's William Fox-Pitt (Kentucky, US) and Australian Sam Griffiths (Badminton, England).

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