Jonelle Price leads kiwi charge at Luhmuhlen Horse Trials


New Zealand equestrian rider Jonelle Price is going well at the Luhmuhlen International Horse Trials in Germany.

The world No 5 is sitting third in the CCI4 and second in the CIC3 at the end of the dressage phase.

Price was over the moon with the efforts of her Trisha Rickards and Jacky Green-owned grey mare Faerie Dianimo, who managed Price's best ever dressage score with just 32.8 penalty points.

"I was surprised how well she did today. She can be quite difficult and it took me a lot of time and work to get her on my side," she said.

"I knew she had all the potential to do an exceptional test, but she has never been this consistent before. This is only her second four star – event after Pau, so I am hoping for a nice round tomorrow.

"She has a big jump in her and is super – fast, so the course should be very well suited to her."

Sir Mark Todd was the next best of the Kiwis with his 36.5 penalty points effort on NZB Campino, with Jesse Campbell and Kaapachino in eighth on 36.8 and Lizzie Brown rounding out the top 10 with 38.2 on Henton Attorney General. Campbell and Brown are both on debut at four star level.

In the CIC3, Germany's Pia Munker and Louis M lead the way on 34.6, with Price and Cloud Dancer in second on 36.9 and German Andreas Ostholt on So is Et in third on 37.4.

New Zealand's Tim Price and The Court Jester sit just outside the top 10 with their 48.6 effort.

The all-important cross country phase, in which designer Captain Mark Phillips has reversed the direction of the course this                                                                  year, takes place on Saturday.

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