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Eventing supporters see how the Prices are set for their 2019 challenges

Tim Price & Sky Boy - with visitors reflected in the mirror Tim Price & Sky Boy - with visitors reflected in the mirror Like racing trainers, as their season gets underway, Britain's eventers are looking obsessively at weather forecasts.  It is vital for them to get competitions in before the major events - Badminton (May 1-5) comes up pretty quickly.

 

At New Zealanders Jonelle and Tim Price's stables near Marlborough, silverware from their exceptionally successful 2018 season was on show when members of The Eventing Club came on a yard visit last weekend.

 

The Badminton trophy The Badminton trophy Head Girl Lucy Miles Head Girl Lucy Miles The visitors inspected the amazing sculpture of the Mitsubishi Badminton trophy won by Jonelle last Spring and the Burghley Challenge Cup won by Tim in September.  This year will be the last Badminton under Mitsubishi sponsorship - what will the 2020 trophy be like?

 

Members of the Club had come from far and wide - including Cornwall and Norfolk -for the visit.  They were shown round and introduced to staff and horses by Head Girl Lucy Miles.

 

Tim gave them a close up view working in the indoor arena first with his Burghley winner Ringwood Sky Boy.  And then with the Italian-bred, dapple grey Spartico - an eight year-old owned by Jonelle and Tim.

"Who gets to ride him?" asked one of the visitors.  "I do", said Tim.  "I ride him - and only I ride him!"  But he did admit he had had to give Cekatinka back to Jonelle.   He had borrowed the mare while his wife was pregnant - and won the Boekelo three star with her.

 

Tim hopes to move Spartico into the advanced class later in the year - perhaps in time for Blenheim.  He is one to watch.

 

Tim Price & SparticoTim Price & Spartico

 

The Price team - or perhaps 'caravan' - had just returned for another winter visit to southern Spain for the Sunshine Tour.  This gives their horses some sunshine and a lot of show jumping practice.

 

They took seventeen horses and unlike last year's Spanish rain, enjoyed three weeks of excellent Spanish sun.

 

Tim's Wesko - now fourteen & still a hope for Tokyo 2020Tim's Wesko - now fourteen & still a hope for Tokyo 2020The Prices are currently in New Zealand - to compete at the country's most prestigious equestrian event - the Land Rover Horse of the Year Show in Hastings.  The first time Tim has competed on his home territory for fourteen years.

They will be the main attraction at the show's new Burghley Day with a cross country contest.  And they will be on borrowed mounts.

 

By the time of the Eventing Club visit, Jonelle was already in New Zealand to do some training with up and coming young Kiwi eventers. She had been told her mount - a mare named Venus - has a nationwide reputation as something of a handful. 

 

Tim was hoping to borrow a quieter, more experienced mount.

 

You can find out all about the Eventing Club here.

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