New Zealand eventers are in France this week for Le Grand Complet at Le Pin du Haras which includes a CCIO4* FEI Nations Cup event.
In the CCI4*-S, Jonelle Price starts both Grappa Nera and Killbunny Andy, with Tim Price in on Happy Boy, Tayla Mason entered aboard Centennial and Hollie Swain on Solo. Tim will also contest the 60-strong CCI2*-L on Jarillo.
Hollie, Jonelle on Grappa Nera, Tayla and Tim aboard Happy Boy complete the team for the 69-strong CCIO4*-S Nations Cup class.
ESNZ high performance eventing manager Graeme Thom says everyone is looking forward to another great event in Normandy. “We are very happy to be supporting Haras du Pin – it has been a fantastic competition over a number of years which we have attended numerous times. Hollie and Tayla are doing their first team event. Tim and Jonelle will be great co-captains on the ground and lead the charge for us. We are looking forward to it.”
Many will be welcoming the return of the ‘old’ format which means four riders for each team with a drop score.
Competition gets underway on Thursday with dressage across the grades, with some rolling through to Friday and the cross country and showjumping spread over Saturday and Sunday. Last year Tim and Happy Boy won the CCI3*-L, and in 2017 he was the victor in the CCI3* aboard Ascona M.
It is the 25th edition of the very popular event which this year has attracted 350 horses from 20 countries with organisers expecting 15,000 spectators.
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The horse details:
Happy Boy – owned by Susan Lamb and Therese Miller
Grappa Nera – owned by The Grape Syndicate and Jonelle Price
Killbunny Andy – owned by Therese Miller and Constance Edmundson
Centennial – owned by Sonya Mason, Sue Rutter, Tayla Mason and Kyle Mason
Solo – owed by John Bodenham
Jarillo – owned by Lucy Allison, Tim Price and Jonelle Price
By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison