The winning New Zealand team at Houghton International, fourth leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ 2014 (left right): Craig Nicolai, Lizzie Brown, Sir Mark Todd and Tim Price (Photo: Fiona Scott-Maxwell/FEI).
New Zealand had a convincing win in the FEI Eventing Nations Cup competition at EQ Life Houghton International Horse Trials in the UK, with Sir Mark Todd and Lizzie Brown taking first and second in the CICO3*.
Todd and his London Olympic mount NZB Campino (owned by New Zealand Bloodstock and Todd) added just 3.6 time faults to their dressage score to finish on 35.9 penalty points.
Brown and Henton Attorney General (owned by Tessa Grant and Brown) added a single time fault in the show jumping and were the only combination to go clear and inside time in the cross country, to finish on 40.8.
Craig Nicolai and his own Just Ironic had just 1.6 time faults added to their dressage score from the showjumping and cross country, to move from 62nd in the dressage up to 21st overall.
Tim Price and Haddon Trump Card (owned by Varenna Allen and Bruce Haskell) moved up from 34th to 22nd with their 62 penalty point effort.
The Kiwi victory stopped the British getting a hat-trick of titles in the Nations Cup series. The hosts had to settle for third behind the Germans. The French team was fourth.
Back in New Zealand the eventing series winners have been decided, with Clarke Johnstone taking out the Super League after his convincing win at Taupo.
The AMS Erreplus Pro Am series was won by Samantha Felton and the Massey University Young Rider by Lauren Alexander. Davina Waddy took out the Alltech Junior Rider series, Cherie Jacques the Amateur series and the Weatherbeeta Grassroots series was won by Sophie Alexander.
Meanwhile the New Zealand Young Rider Team headed to Melbourne over the weekend to take on Australia’s best in the Oceania Eventing team competition as part of the Melbourne International Horse Trials, running from Friday June 6 to Monday June 9.
The team comprises Cantabrians Madison Crowe (Brogan) and Bonnie Farrant (Kaipara Dior) and Waikato-based Jessica Woods (Defies Logic) and Sarah Young (Regal Romar). The team is coached by Clarke Johnstone.
New Zealand has also named its endurance team to compete at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) 2014 in France, including mother and daughter Andrea and Georgia Smith.
The Mangaweka duo are the first such combination to represent the sport at an equestrian championship together, and Georgia is believed to be the youngest ever.
Joining them are Alison Higgins (Nelson), who makes her second WEG team, Braden Cameron (Wellington) and Susie Latta (Otago).
New Zealand will also have eventing and vaulting teams at WEG, with the possibility of showjumping and para-equestrian representatives too.