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Solid dressage for NZ eventers

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/06/2016

New Zealand riders Andrew Nicholson and Tim Price are both handily placed after the dressage phase at the Luhmuhlen Horse Trials in Germany.

Both former winners, Nicholson and Price are the only Kiwis in a strong field for the last four-star event ahead of the Rio Olympics, and both sit inside the top 10.

Price, ranked 10th in the world, collected 44.60 penalty points on Ringwood Sky Boy to lie fifth while six-time Olympian Nicholson aboard Qwanza is ninth with 46.30.

German rider Julia Krajewski and Samourai du Thot lead the field on 39.00 points, fractionally ahead of second-placed Belgian Julien Despontin's Waldano 36 with 40.20 and Australian Emma Dougall (Belcam Bear) on 40.60.

Nicholson's second horse, Perfect Stranger, has made a solid four-star debut and lies 23rd after incurring 54.70 penalty points.

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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