First day at Houghton Horse Trials

After an enforced break from the saddle, it was onwards and upwards for Caroline Powell and Onwards And Upwards, a tidy test to be sixth after dressage in the CICO3* (Image: Libby Law)
After an enforced break from the saddle, it was onwards and upwards for Caroline Powell and Onwards And Upwards, a tidy test to be sixth after dressage in the CICO3* (Image: Libby Law)

The New Zealanders competing at Houghton International Horse Trials overnight have had a good start.

Tim Price is in fourth equal place on Pats Jester in the CCI1*, but will be even more pleased with his current first place in the CCI2* on Danturano K. His score of 38.7 gives him a 3.3 lead from Harry Meade.

Tim Price was clearly delighted with his test on Pats Jester, who is fourth equal after dressage in the CCI1* (Image: Libby Law)
Tim Price was clearly delighted with his test on Pats Jester, who is fourth equal after dressage in the CCI1* (Image: Libby Law)

Two New Zealanders are tied for eighth place in the two-star on a score of 45.4; Lizzie Brown on her lovely Havanna Van Castanaehof and Lucy Jackson, riding Mercury Bay. Jonelle is in 12th place, Caroline 15th and Neil Spratt in 19th equal place.

Lizzie Brown and Havanna Van Castanaehof are eighth equal in the two-star (Image: Libby Law)
Lizzie Brown and Havanna Van Castanaehof are eighth equal in the two-star (Image: Libby Law)
Caroline Powell and one of her team of very smart greys, Chance Encounter VII, sitting 15th after dressage in the CCI2* (Image: Libby Law)
Caroline Powell and one of her team of very smart greys, Chance Encounter VII, sitting 15th after dressage in the CCI2* (Image: Libby Law)

In the CICO3*, Gemma Tattersall leads on Chico Bella P on a great score of 32.7, well in front of Sam Griffiths in second place on 41. Caroline Powell is sixth equal on Onwards And Upwards on 45.6, but only a small part of the field have done their dressage, with the rest of the Kiwi Nations Cup team still to ride.

Great Britain's Gemma Tattersall is making a strong bid for a place at Rio; she's in first place on Chico Bella P in the CICO3* after day one of dressage (Image: Libby Law)
Great Britain’s Gemma Tattersall is making a strong bid for a place at Rio; she’s in first place on Chico Bella P in the CICO3* after day one of dressage (Image: Libby Law)

Sir Mark on Obos Colombus and Jesse Campbell on Cleveland will start mid-field, with Tim Price anchoring the team on Bango.

Aleksandr Markov of Russia is in equal seventh spot after day one of dressage in the CCIO3* (Image: Libby Law)
Aleksandr Markov of Russia is in equal seventh spot after day one of dressage in the CCIO3* (Image: Libby Law)
Kristina Cook and Quarryquest Echo, fourth in the CCIO3* (Image: Libby Law)
Kristina Cook and Quarryquest Echo, fourth in the CCIO3* (Image: Libby Law)