Thanks to a lovely (and rare in this class) clear show jumping round, Jonelle Price finished third in the seven-year-old championship at Mondial Du Lion.
Ingrid Klimke was the worthy winner, leading from the outset and finishing on her dressage score with Weisse Duene, a grey Holsteiner by Clarimo out of Espirit V (by Romino). If history is anything to go by, this mare should be one to watch. Horses who have done well here have gone on to great things – notably FRH Escada who was second in 2011 in the seven-year-old class, and Michael Jung’s fisherRocana (six-year-old winner in 2011).
Pippa Funnell was second on Billy Walk On. Tim Price finished in 20th place with Kincooley Cruising after a rail and time faults in the show jumping. He will be well pleased with his clear and under time cross-country performance; definitely something to build on.
Dan Jocelyn also show jumped clear, and finished in 31st place on Blackthorn Cruise after adding 27.6 cross-country penalties to his dressage score. Jonelle’s second horse, OBOS Impressive was 39th after 10 faults in the show jumping and 30.4pen cross-country.
In the six-year-old class, it was a win to Australian Christopher Burton on Fire Fly, thanks to a good clear show jumping round. The KWPN bay gelding is by Zavall VDL out of Wiltura R (by Corland). Swiss Felix Vogg on Maturin VD Vogelzan was second, and Izzy Taylor third on Jockey Club Fleurelle.
Dan Jocelyn was the only New Zealander in this class, and was 29th on Fjury, who finished on his dressage score.
The Français du Cheval Selle Français reigned supreme in the Stud Book Classification competition, with the Koninklijk Warmbloed Paardenstamboek Nederlands (KWPN) second. This team included Jonelle’s Cooley Showtime and Dan Jocelyn’s Fjury. The Irish Sport Horse Studbook was third, with Tim’s Kincooley Cruising part of this team, as were Dan’s Blackthorn Cruise and Jonelle’s OBOS Impressive.