New Zealand power couple Tim and Jonelle Price finish first and second at Concours Complet D’Arville in Belgium following a dramatic cross country conclusion.
After overnight leaders Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V retired following a runout at the first water complex, Australia’s Chris Burton and Quality Purdey were momentarily named the winners with what he thought was a clear round inside the time.
When the ground jury elected to retroactively give Chris 11 frangible penalties for knocking the front element of the triple bar at fence 11, he ultimately dropped to third place on a final score of 40.7 and boosted Tim to victory.
In the clear
Tim and Wesko were ultimately the only pair to jump clear and inside the optimum time on Rüdiger Schwarz’s cross country course, which saw a 53% clear jumping rate. They were also the only pair to finish on their dressage score, rising up from fourth place after the first phase to take the win on a final score of 30.5.
“The good horses make you look good, don’t they? I’ve missed him because of moments like that. He’s just so exceptional," said Tim.
Best podium placing to date
Jonelle Price added 6.8 time penalties with Faerie Dianimo to finish on 39.1 for second place in the mare’s first international run since winning the Luhmühlen CCI5*-L last year. The result is Jonelle’s best podium placing to date and her first time back on the podium since finishing third at Blenheim Palace with Cloud Dancer in 2016.
“I’ve been a bit absent from this podium, so it’s nice to be back, especially with this mare,” Jonelle said. “She’s a bit of a handful — a very good handful — but she is a feisty little thing.”
Despite missing out on the Arville win, Chris Burton still rose to the top of the ERM Series Rankings with 54 points. Jonelle Price now sits second in the rankings on 46 points, followed by Laura Collett in third on 45 points.
The fourth leg of the 2019 Event Rider Masters Series heads back to Haras de Jardy on the 13 and 14 July.
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