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Kiwis on the Podium at Hartpury

Kiwis on the Podium at Hartpury

Andrew Nicholson is back on the podium just days after winning Olympic bronze.

This time the master horseman has picked up a second and third at the Hartpury International Horse Trials near Gloucester in the UK at the weekend.

Aboard Avebury, Nicholson was second in the CIC*** behind Christopher Burton (AUS) and Kinnordy Rivaldo. The Kiwi combination finished on their 41.5 point dressage score.

Olympic reserve Lucy Jackson and Willy Do were fourth with 44.2. They notched an impressive 40.6 for their dressage but picked up 3.6 time faults in the cross country.

There were a flurry of Kiwi riders in those minor placings, with Nicholson fifth on Mr Cruise Control and Jonathan Paget sixth on Clifton Lush.

“I couldn’t be happier with Avebury and Mr Cruise Control,” said Nicholson. “Both were very classy and it has been a good preparation run before their three day events.”

In the CCI** Nicholson and Sintra Bk didn’t add to their 46 penalty point dressage and finished in third place.

“She is a true professional,” said Nicholson of the horse who is a full sister to his rising star Qwanza.

In the CCI* Blyth Tait aboard Xanthus III finished on their 43 penalty point dressage score to take third spot.

Results -

CIC***: Christopher Burton (AUS) Kinnordy Rivaldo 38.9 1, Andrew Nicholson (NZL) Avebury (owned by Mark and Rosemary Barlow and Andrew Nicholson) 41.5 2, Kitty King (GBR) High Havoc 44.2 3, Lucy Jackson (NZL) Willy Do (owned by Charlotte Greenlees and Lucy Jackson) 44.2 4, Andrew Nicholson (NZL) Mr Cruise Control (owned by Robin and Nicola Salmon and Andrew Nicholson) 46 5, Jonathan Paget (NZL) Clifton Lush (owned by Frances Stead and Lucy Allison) 47.2 6, Mark Todd (NZL) Major Milestone (owned by Diane Brunsden and Peter Cattell) 56.5 16, Tim Price (NZL) Ringwood Sky Boy (owned by Tim Price) 56.5 17, Mark Todd (NZL) NZB Grass Valley (owned by New Zealand Bloodstock and Mark Todd) 65.6 34, Tim Price (NZL) Wesko (owned by Christina Knudsen) 91.8 65, Lucy Jackson (NZL) Kilcoltrim Ambassador (owned by Lucy Jackson and the Sprout Syndicate) 92.3 66, Lizzie Brown (NZL) Henton Attorney General (owned by Lizzie Brown and Henton Lodge Hanovarians) eliminated cross country.

CCI**: Benjamin Winter (GER) Revenue 42.4 1, Francis Whittington (GBR) Hasty Imp 44.9 2, Andrew Nicholson (NZL) Sintra Bk (owned by Twenty Twelve in Mind Syndicate) 46 3, Blyth Tait (NZL) High Time (owned by Emily Carmichael) 55.1 14, Lizzie Brown (NZL) Playtime NZPH (owned by Lizzie Brown) 59.4 22, Jonathan Paget (NZL) Clifton Cognac (owned by Frances Stead) 66.1 31, Andrew Nicholson (NZL) Sirio (owned by Philip Channer and Andrew Nicholson) 66.8 33, Dan Jocelyn (NZL) Brookfield Hero (owned by John and Chloe Perry) 85.9 45, Tim Price (NZL) Purbeck (owned by Stephen and Susan Oates) eliminated cross country.

CCI*: Nicola Wilson (GBR) Ngong Hills 37.5 1, Millie Dumas (GBR) Artistiek 41.4 2, Blyth Tait (NZL) Xanthus III (owned by Charles Ponti) 43 3.


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