Top Kiwi eventers find catch rides for $75,000 US horse trials

  • Tim Price and fellow British-based Kiwi event rider Dan Jocelyn have found catch rides for the Wellington Eventing Showcase this weekend (5-6 February).

    The US competition, held at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Florida, boasts a $75,000 (£52,441) prize pot.

    A call was put out to find horses in North America for Dan and Tim (pictured, top) to ride for the competition and three owners responded.

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    Texas-based event rider Angela Grzywinski offered her 14-year-old mare Novelle to Luhmühlen-winning rider Tim, who she met while competing at Kentucky Horse Trials last year.

    Tim will also ride Classico Z, an 11-year-old gelding owned by Virginia-based Edy Rameika and previously campaigned by Danny Warrington and Sara Kozumplik Murphy.

    Dan will also be riding two horses, Win the War and Devil Munchkin.

    Win The War is an ex-racehorse owned by a syndicate and Jessica Bortner-Harris, who is based in North Carolina. Jessica has partnered the 15-year-old gelding for 10 years and moved from novice to the three-star level together.

    Devil Munchkin is an eight-year-old gelding owned and ridden by Canadian Sable Giesler.

    Unique event

    “Approximately 20 top riders representing the USA, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand are expected to attend this unique event that highlights the Olympic sport at a premier venue,” said a United States Eventing Association spokesman.

    “All riders were invited to ride two horses each, but several have opted to bring only one horse.”

    US riders Buck Davidson, Phillip Dutton and Marilyn Little are among the other riders taking part.

    View the full list of entries.

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