New Zealand’s jumping team has finished sixth in the hotly-contested CSIO5* 1.6m Nations’ Cup at Gijon in Spain.
Chef d’equipe Bruce Goodin got the team off to a perfect start aboard Backatorps Danny V notching a stunning clear as the first rider out for the Kiwis and the sixth in the class.
Next out was Tom Tarver aboard Popeye picked up five penalties, followed by the always solid Samantha McIntosh aboard Check In 2 who rode a perfect clear. Richard Gardner and Calisto 5 didn’t have the round they wanted and were the drop score from the opener.
The team finished the first round in second equal spot on five faults – Great Britain led the charge on four with the Kiwis tied with the French and Italians in the 12-nation strong competition.
“We were pretty happy with the way things went in the first round,” said Bruce. “It was a good start with me going out and jumping clear and then Tom and Popeye fought hard for their round – they were just fractionally off the time but it has been step up after step up for them since coming here. Sam did a very nice clear round, judging the time to perfection and the horse looked really good, so that put us in a good position. Richard probably hasn’t jumped a track like this for quite a while and the horse was a little tense to start off with – it was disappointing for him.”
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