World number two eventer Tim Price (pictured) is the best of the Kiwis at the end of the dressage at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in North Carolina.
He and Cekatinka scored 27.2 penalty points to sit in ninth equal place with Blyth Tait and Dassett Courage next on 29.7 in 29thJonelle Price aboard Classic Moet in 31ston 30 and Sir Mark Todd and McClaren in 40thon 31.4. The team is in sixth place, well in touch with leaders Germany. Individual competitor Dan Jocelyn and Grovine de Reve scored 32.8.
Julia Krajewski (GER) and Chipmunk FRH lead the 83-strong field on 19.9. But there is still much to play for with Hurricane Florence bearing down on the state and a challenging cross country track to be ridden.
Tim Price may say his “hot little mare” Cekatinka lacked experience at this top level, but she was every bit the picture on her way to a 27.2 penalty point mark. They got a huge cheer from Kiwi supporters and fans both coming in and on completion of their dressage.
He’d had a little pep talk from wife Jonelle before his dressage but couldn’t remember exactly what was said. “It was probably truthful but annoying at the same time.” He did admit he does take her advice when talking dressage, but their roles were reversed for the cross country.