20 Jun 2011

Todd still in strong position

8:50 am on 20 June 2011

The New Zealand equestrian Andrew Nicholson has finished 14th at the Luhmühlen three day event in Germany, with compatriot Caroline Powell just behind in 15th place.

Despite not starting at Germany, Mark Todd is still sitting comfortably in third spot on 15 points in the series, with pre-event leader Britain's Mary King still at the top of the pack and Britain's Piggy French in second.

The weather proved an extra challenge for both horses and riders with just 28 of the original 43 start list completing the three day event.

The event was won by Germany's Andreas Dibowski.

The win gave him his first points in the lucrative 2011 FEI Classics with just two events to go.

Dibowski may now take his Luhmühlen-winning ride to Burghley in September, for the next round of the classics in which the top five riders will share a prize pool of US$330,000.