Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Price and Nicholson Well in Touch at WEG

Price and Nicholson Well in Touch at WEG


Eventers Jonelle Price and Andrew Nicholson are fourth and fifth respectively after a harrowing day of cross country at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in France.

Unfortunately, it wasn't such a good day for the other Kiwi riders who were either eliminated or retired, meaning the team was out of contention early on.

Veteran Nicholson and newbie Price, who was a late call-up after the withdrawal of Caroline Powell, are both on 52.5 penalty points.

Price's Classic Moet (owned by Trisha Rickards) proved to be a real little star in just her second four star start.

“I haven't had her long and I was just planning to go out and keep asking the questions,” said Price. “She is a small blood horse, who is light on her feet, very courageous and with a big heart.”

Price tried to find new ground to run the petite black mare on, and her only somewhat hairy moment came when she lost a rein and had to take the longer option at the last water jump.

And while Price says she gave up on watching the clock and instead concentrated on riding her horse, the two notched the fastest time of the day.

Probably unsurprisingly, Nicholson was the second fastest.

The bronze medallist from the 2010 World Champs in Kentucky said that while the going was awful, Nereo (owned by Libby Sellar) is a big, very powerful and experienced horse.

“It was quite a slog out there,” he said. “We all like to ride on proper ground, so this is a bit of a shame, but that is outdoor sport.. You just have to grit your teeth and do it.”

Sir Mark Todd and Leonidas II (owned by Peter Cattrell and Di Brunsden) were first out for the Kiwis but parted company at the last water jump near the end of the track.

“It is very disappointing,” he said. “We knew that was a fence we had to respect . . . but he still had plenty of running in him.”

Tim Price and Wesko (owned by Christina Knudsen, Peter Vela, Lucy Sangster and Kate Watchman) were next and looked to be going strong until two from home when his very tired horse was stopped.

“There was just nothing left,” said a very disappointed Price.

Lucy Jackson and Willy Do (owned by Gillian Greenlees and Jackson) was riding the round of her life until they too parted company at the same fence as Todd.

“I am just gutted,” she said. “You can't get away with even the smallest mistake at this level. Willy Do deserved to be in the glory house, and I am so proud of his heroic efforts.”

Jock Paget and Clifton Promise (owned by Frances Stead) had a run out at the fifth fence and retired not long after. The combination will now head to the Land Rover Burghley International Horse Trials next week.

“I was here to represent New Zealand but it was just not my time.”

William Fox-Pitt (GBR) and Chilli Morning lead the field on 50.3, followed by Sandra Auffarth (GER) on Opgun Louvo on 52 and current world, European and Olympic champion Michael Jung on Fischerrocana FST with 52.3, heading into the showjumping tomorrow.

Just 63 of the 90-strong field completed the very challenging Pierre Michelet-designed cross country – 13 were eliminated, 11 retired and the remainder withdrew. Heavy rain earlier in the week made the track very heavy going.

There were more than 50,000 spectators at Haras du Pin for the cross country. It was a colourful array of flags and caps and country colours, and the weather held off until the last runner was home.

For full results and more information, head to www.normandy2014.com .


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Scoop Review Of Books: The Typewriter Factory

I finished reading Don’t Dream It’s Over not long after it came out last August. I even started writing a review, which took something of an ‘I’m sorry people, but it’s already over’ approach. I’ve been pretty negative about journalism as it’s practiced in the mainstream (or MSM, or corporate media or liberal media or whatever terminology you prefer) for quite some time (see for example Stop the Press), and I believe the current capitalist media model is destructive and can’t be reformed. More>>

Sheep Update: Solo World Shearing Record Broken In Southland

Southland shearer Leon Samuels today set a new World solo eight-hours strongwool ewe-shearing after a tally of 605 in a wool shed north of Gore. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: Dick Frizzell At The Solander Gallery

One of the most influential and celebrated contemporary Pop artists working in New Zealand, Dick Frizzell is mostly known for his appropriation of kitsch Kiwiana icons, which he often incorporates into cartoon-like paintings and lithographs. Not content with adhering to one particular style, he likes to adopt consciously unfashionable styles of painting, in a manner reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein. More>>

Old Music: Pop Icon Adam Ant Announces NZ Tour

Following his recent sold out North American and UK tours, Adam Ant is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the release of his landmark KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER album with a newly-remastered reissue (Sony Legacy) and Australasian tour. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Looking Back

Writing a memoir that appeals to a broad readership is a difficult undertaking. As an experienced communicator, Lloyd Geering keeps the reader’s interest alive through ten chapters (or portholes) giving views of different aspects of his life in 20th-century New Zealand. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Purple (and Violet) Prose

This is the second recent conjoint publication by Reeve and Stapp; all to do with esoteric, arcane and obscure vocabulary – sesquipedalian, anyone – and so much more besides. Before I write further, I must stress that the book is an equal partnership between words and images and that one cannot thrive without the other. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news