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NZ eventers fifth at Nations Cup event

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/05/2016

New Zealand's leading eventers have faded to a fifth-place finish at the Houghton International Horse Trials in England.

Well positioned in third after the dressage phase of the Nations Cup event, the four-pronged Kiwi team knocked down too many fences in Saturday's showjumping and were stung by time penalties in the closing cross-country.

Germany, missing Olympic champion Michael Jung, held on to pip Australia, with France third and Great Britain fourth.

Tim Price, riding Bango, was the best Kiwi in the individual standings, placing 15th with 47.7 penalty points after going clear in the cross-country.

Caroline Powell (Onwards and Upwards) returned from injury to score 53.6 and Sir Mark Todd (Obos Colombus) managed 59.5 while Jesse Campbell (Cleveland) had his score of 62.1 discarded.

Briton Nicola Wilson notched the best individual score of 36.3 on One Two Many.

New Zealand won the event for the first time in 2014.

It is the third leg of the nine-pronged Nations Cup team world series.

Standings: Germany 137.1 penalty points, Australia 137.5, France 146.4, Great Britain 152.3, New Zealand 160.8 5.

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