Veteran Kiwi eventer Andrew Nicholson is back to his winning ways, taking out the cash-rich Event Rider Masters CIC3* at the Barbury International Horse Trials.
Nicholson – who has won the last four CIC3* competitions at Barbury – and Nereo were in third spot on 37.6 penalty points after the dressage. A clear cross country inside the time and just two time faults added in the showjumping was enough to secure the win.
Clear cross country rounds inside the time from fellow Kiwi combinations Jonelle Price and Classic Moet and Jesse Campbell on Cleveland had both of them finish inside the top 10, in eighth and ninth places respectively.
The ERM series puts four days of competition into two making for an exciting and entertaining spectacle. Covering six legs, the series has a record £350,000 on offer, with £50,000 prize money per legand £30,000 to the overall top rider.
Nicholson’s efforts have propelled him into ninth on the ERM leaderboard. France’s Astier Nicolas, who led coming into the third leg at Barbury, now sits in third. Great Britain’s Gemma Tattersall is at the top on 66 points, Australian Paul Tapner in second on 63, Nicolas on 59 and Jonelle Price fourth on 47. Jesse Campbell is in eighth spot.
Blyth Tait and Darius IV finished on 52.2 for sixth place in the CIC2* section C with Andrew Nicholson and Urma BK ninth on 56.5. The class was won by Great Britain’s William Fox-Pitt aboard Secret Night with 41.9.
Nicholson also featured in the CIC2* section D, finishing second aboard Liberto II, just behind Flora Harris (GBR) and Monarts Masterpiece.
In the other CIC3* at Barbury Nicholson was again the best of the Kiwis, taking 13th place with Jet Set IV. Tait was one place behind him with Bear Necessity V.
Unfortunately for Tim Price, who had been the best of the Kiwis sitting in eighth place after dressage and showjumping phases with Bango, the horse was withdrawn before the cross country.
The class was won by Australia’s Christopher Burton and Polystar I.