New Zealand riders sit fifth, seventh and 11th after the dressage phase of the CCI5* at the Mitsubishi Motors Australian Three-day Event.
Diane Gilder and Your Attorney did a polished test to score 66.6% for 33.4 penalties and fifth, just 3.1pen behind the leader, Emma Bishop and CP Issey Miyake.
Muzi Pottinger and Just Kidding are not far behind, having scored 34.1 penalties, while Bundy Philpott and Tresca NZPH are 11th on 35.7.
Australia-based New Zealand rider Hayley Frelick is at the tail of the 19-strong class, having scored 43.6pen on Class Action LP.
Last year’s winners, Hazel Shannon and Willingapark Clifford, are in a very close second, just 0.4 penalties adrift of the leaders.
In the RM Williams CCI4* class, New Zealand’s Madison Crowe has the lead with a beautiful performance on her much-admired mare, Waitangi Pinterest, scoring 71.53% for 28.5 penalties. But Olympian Shane Rose is very close on her tail, just 0.2pen behind.