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Price third at Luhmuhlen three-day event

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/06/2016

Tim Price has eased into third place after the cross-country phase at the Luhmuhlen Horse Trials in Germany.

Fifth after the dressage on 44.60 penalty points, Price and Ringwood Sky Boy negotiated the Mark Phillips-designed cross-country track successfully, but finished four seconds over time, adding 1.6 faults to their tally.

Ranked 10th in the world, Price sits within reach of Germany's Andreas Dibowski on It's Me, who jumped from fourth to first on 43.80 after picking up just .4 time faults on day two.

Frenchman Maxime Livio, riding Qalao des Mers, was one of only four riders clear and inside time around the testing cross-country course, and lies second on 44.90.

Six-time Olympian Andrew Nicholson also edged up the placings from ninth to eighth on 51.90 after guiding Qwanza around fault-free but collecting 5.60 time faults along the way.

Nicholson's second horse, Perfect Stranger, continued to impress in his four-star debut, going clear and under time in a faultless performance which lifted him from 23rd to 11th with the showjumping phase still to come.

Nicholson is coming off victory at last week's Bramham International Horse Trials in Yorkshire, an encouraging result less than a year after suffering a serious neck injury when he fell heavily during the cross-country phase of a three-star event in Gatcombe in August.

This is his first four-star event since the injury, having pulled out before the recent Badminton Horse Trials citing fitness concerns.

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