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Eventing: Jonelle Price leads after first dressage day at Boekelo as New Zealand chase Rio qualification

Day two: with the dreassage stage complete, Jonelle Price is still in the lead.  But Germany's Bettina Hoy is now in second place - 3.50 points behind Ms Price.  The end of day two sees other members of the New Zealnd team falling behind:  Jesse Campbell is in 12th place - Tim Price in 40th - and Daniel Jocelyn in 72nd place.

After day one (Thursday, October 8) of the dressage phase of the CIC3 eventing competition at Boekelo in the Netherlands, Mildenhall-based Jonelle Price is in the lead.  Forty-four of the 85 competitors have completed the dressage.

This is an important competition for the New Zealand eventing team as they go for the only team place at the Rio Olympics available to Group G nations - which takes in Oceania and South-East Asia.  

New Zealand takes on Japan and Australia for that single team place, although the latter have already qualified by virtue of their placing at last year's World Equestrian Games.

Jonelle is riding eight-year-old black gelding Cloud Dancer - known as Marley.  Her very low dressage score of 34.10 is 4.80 points above her nearest rival - Britain's Pippa Funnell on Billy the Biz.

Jonelle and Marley's latest victory came in the CIC3* for 8-9 year-olds at the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials last month.  Ranked fifth in the world, Price finished second at the four-star Luhmuhlen in Germany and fifth at Burghley.

Also in the New Zealand team at Boekelo are Dan Jocelyn on Dassett Cool Touch (currently lying at 36), Tim Price on Xavier Faer and Jesse Campbell aboard Kaapachino.  Tim Price and Jesse Campbell 's dressage competition will be on Friday.

If the New Zealand team do not clinch the Rio place at Boekelo, they will have to wait for the international rankings to see if they go to Brazil.

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