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Kiwis off Luhmuhlen pace after dressage

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/06/2017

Andrew Nicholson leads the Kiwi contingent at the Luhmuhlen Horse Trials after the dressage phase, but is well off the pace set by Germany's Bettina Hoy.

Nicholson and 11-year-old Teseo, making his four-star debut at Luhmuhlen in Germany, sit 29th after collecting 52.1 penalties on the second day of dressage.

Hoy leads the standings with 36.00, fractionally ahead of compatriot Julia Krajewski (37.1).

Nicholson is looking to back up from winning his first Badminton title in 36 attempts five weeks ago, capping a remarkable return from neck surgery 18 months earlier.

He has previously won in Luhmuhlen, four years ago on Mr Cruise Control.

Fellow Kiwi Caroline Powell has two mounts at Luhmuhlen - Sinatra Frank Baby sits 32nd on 53.7 points while Spice Sensation is 38th with 56.60.

Tim Rusbridge on Oneforthenotebook picked up 62.20 points and lies 45th with the cross-country and showjumping phases still to come.

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