It’s Tim’s time as Kiwi eventer claims World No.1 spot

By | June 4, 2019
Tim Price together with Cekatinka JRA at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon  It’s Tim’s fourth dimension every bit Kiwi eventer claims World No.1 spot
Tim Price together with Cekatinka JRA at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018. © FEI/Martin Dokoupil

New Zealand eventer Tim Price has topped the FEI Eventing World Rankings for the start time, overtaking British passenger Ros Canter who finally calendar month ended the reign of compatriot Oliver Townend to concur the seat for only 31 days.

Price, who has been competing for to a greater extent than than xv years at the move yesteryear bird of the sport, took business office inwards his start Olympic Games inwards Rio 2016, where Team New Zealand finished fourth, i combat off the medals.

A sensational twelvemonth inwards 2018 established his presence every bit a prominent athlete, amongst wins at Burghley CCI4*  amongst Ringwood Sky Boy together with Blair Castle CCI3* amongst Pats Jester. His minute FEI World Equestrian Games outing at Tryon 2018 resulted inwards an eighth-place complete inwards the private together with 7th inwards the squad standings amongst Cekatinka JRA.

His third-place complete at the CCI5*-L inwards Lexington this twelvemonth amongst Xavier Faer was a contributing ingredient to his ascent to the top, along amongst tenth house at Badminton CCI5*-L amongst Ringwood Sky Boy.

Tim Price together with Cekatinka JRA at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon  It’s Tim’s fourth dimension every bit Kiwi eventer claims World No.1 spot
Third-placed Tim Price together with Xavier Faer. © Mike Bain

“I pick out to acknowledge to wanting to give this for to a greater extent than or less time,” he said, next the loose of the latest FEI World Eventing Rankings. “It’s gone from a dream, to a driving force, to a reality.

“It feels pretty exceptional that’s for sure, mainly because it’s to a greater extent than a recognition of consistency, rather than only outright winning. I essay to convey the best out of every chance I have. Not ever to win, but ever inwards a means that has my horses wanting to give travail for their ain satisfaction together with enjoyment. For me, it’s the meeting of all the difficult work, a potent focus together with corking partnership amongst my equine friends.”

Equestrian Sports NZ eventing high-performance director Graeme Thom says the whole squad is thrilled for Price’s pinnacle achievement. “Tim’s natural ability, unflagging determination, together with grace inwards both victory together with defeat has produced a model paladin who New Zealand is understandably real proud of.”

Tim Price together with Cekatinka JRA at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon  It’s Tim’s fourth dimension every bit Kiwi eventer claims World No.1 spot
Tim Price together with Wesko. © Anthony Trollope/FEI

Former Blue Planet discover i Ros Canter has dropped to discover 4 inwards the rankings. Other large movers inwards the move yesteryear 10 are Kristina Cook, upward from 33rd to fifth, Australia’s Christopher Burton, from 37th to sixth, together with Kiwi Andrew Nicholson, who has jumped from 31st to eighth.

With to a greater extent than CCI5*-L together with CCI4*-L competitions coming upward inwards the adjacent few months together with the FEI Eventing European Championship inwards Luhmühlen inwards Federal Republic of Federal Republic of Germany inwards belatedly August to a greater extent than changes inwards the ranking listing tin move expected.

Tim Price started out every bit a showjumper inwards New Zealand, together with competing at the move yesteryear bird inwards 2002 amongst a Equus caballus called Desamoray, together with won the Taupo two-star inwards 2003 amongst Vortex. The Equus caballus was sold to Sweden to finance Price’s start trip to United Kingdom of Great Britain together with Northern Ireland of Britain together with Northern Republic of Ireland amongst Desamoray, together with inwards 2006, Vortex’s novel possessor sent him dorsum to Price to ride. Price brought Vortex through the grades to 3* level, together with later several attempts at the move yesteryear bird he was ranked 20th at Pau CCI4* inwards French Republic amongst Vortex inwards 2008. He was i of iii horses Price had long-listed for the Olympics inwards 2008.

Tim Price together with Cekatinka JRA at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon  It’s Tim’s fourth dimension every bit Kiwi eventer claims World No.1 spot
Tim Price at Burghley inwards 2015. © Mike Bain

The duo claimed the same spot at Badminton CCI4* the next year. His first CCI4* win came at Luhmühlen inwards 2014 amongst Wesko, together with the same partnership came minute at the CCI4* inwards Lexington the twelvemonth after.

Tim is married to Jonelle Price, who is also a world-class eventing rider, having won squad bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

They became the start hubby together with married adult woman to stand upward for New Zealand inwards eventing at the Olympic Games at Rio 2016. They also became the start married couplet from New Zealand to compete at a World Equestrian Games at Normandy inwards 2014.

Last year, Tim claimed Burghley together with Jonelle won both Badminton together with Luhmuhlen. It was that Burghley win that marked the start of a points haul that would culminate amongst Tim’s Blue Planet No. 1 ranking.

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