Eventing: Marlborough's Tim Price takes third place at the Kentucky five star
Top New Zealand eventer Tim Price and Xavier Faer (known as Hugo) have won third place in the CCI5*-L Land Rover Kentucky Three Day Event - the first of the season's major competitions.
The New Zealand combo finished on their dressage score of 30.9 penalty points. They had a clear round and inside time - despite losing a shoe - over the challenging cross country course which saw plenty of faults and problems for many. And followed with another clean performance in the showjumping.
“My guy is a bit of a Kinder Surprise,” said Tim, “you never know what you will get until you get out there.” But he felt the 13-year-old had jumped really well, and continued to maintain a good technique throughout.
“That helps us out on a day like today. He jumped beautifully. He is a lovely big scopey honest horse and one I really enjoy riding.”
Tim felt the horse would gain plenty from their Kentucky outing and be an exciting one to watch as he became more established at top level.
Their efforts at the CCI5*-L were all the more extraordinary as the horse had spent several months cross tied in a stable after getting a hairline fracture in a front leg after being kicked.
It meant a quiet 2018 and he came back into work in October, gradually working up to the Kentucky event. Burghley is likely to be the next big event for Xavier Faer while Tim will be heading out at Badminton later this week.
Tim Price was so pleased with Xavier Faer that he looked further back into Hugo's past - tweeting: "From being loaded into a wheelbarrow as a foal to be brought in from the field because he wouldn’t walk, to THIRD at @KyThreeDayEvent this weekend - good boy Hugo."
Britain's Oliver Townend made history with his back-to-back wins aboard Cooley Master Class - the only British rider to have done so and just the fourth rider to successfully defend the title in the 41-year history of the event.
Xavier Faer is owned by Trisha Rickards, Nigella Hall and Tim Price.