17 Jul 2011

Eventers miss out on gold

8:18 am on 17 July 2011

The New Zealand eventing team's finished second at the Aachen International equestrian festival in Germany.

A storming finish from was not quite enough to give them gold, that honour going to the Great Britain team who have been in devastating form this season.

Clarke Johnstone on Orient Express and Caroline Powell on Lenamore both also made the top 10 and all the New Zealand team members moved up the rankings on the back of their cross country efforts.

World championship team bronze medallist Johnstone went clear and picked up just 1.6 time faults over a very challenging cross country course.

World championship team-mate Powell also went clear with time faults of 2.8 to finish seventh.

Both Andrew Nicholson on Nereo and Jonathan Paget on Clifton Promise were clear and inside time, finishing 15th and 16th respectively.

Newcomer Jonelle Richards and Flintstar were the first out for the New Zealanders over the cross country course, riding brilliantly to finish 33rd.