The Olympic showjumper Katie McVean has created New Zealand equestrian history after finishing sixth in the FEI World Cup final in Germany, this morning, the best ever World Cup final result for a New Zealander.
Riding her home-bred mare Dunstan Delphi the 24-year-old from Mystery Creek was left ruing a rail and a time fault that made the difference between second and sixth.
McVean picked up just over $15,000 Euros ($NZ 27,400) for her efforts.
Host nation Germany retained their stranglehold on the title with a calm and controlled clear at the crucial time by Christian Ahlmann aboard Taloubet Z.
It was almost a Germany quinella but leader Marco Kutscher and Cash, the last to go in the final round, slid down the placings to fourth equal after a run of rails.
Superstar Hickstead and Eric Lamaze of Canada finished second on the back of his spectacular win yesterday.