New Zealander Tim Price (37) was a member of the New Zealand team for the WEG in France. He is based near Marlborough in Wiltshire where he runs a competition yard with his wife Jonelle who is also competing at Badminton this year. He is currently third in the FEI World rider Ranking and third in the 2015 BE top 100 riders.
For the last two years at Badminton Tim has won the William Miflin trophy for the ride closest to the optimum time. In 2015 with Badminton entry Ringwood Sky Boy he was second at Burghley. In 2014 Tim celebrated the biggest win of his career to date when heading the four-star at Luhmuhlen with Wesko with who he previously won at CCI one, and three-star level (Blair Castle) and was second at two-star CCI. Last year the pair was second at Luhmuhlen and third at Pau.
Tim grew up on a farm in Oxford, North Canterbury, in the South Island of New Zealand.
Surrounded by horses from an early age, it seemed natural that Tim would follow a career into horses. He showjumped to World Cup level before deciding that as the majority of the horses he was working with were New Zealand Thoroughbreds they were naturally more suited to eventing. With the NZ thoroughbred Vortex, Tim won the CCI2* at the National Championships in New Zealand. The pair went on to compete at four-star level and also won back-to-back Retraining of Racehorses Championships at Barbury Castle (2012/13).
Tim and Jonelle (Richards) began dating in 2001and two years later with their advanced horses Desamoray and Mazetto came to the UK to prepare for Burghley, with the aim of competing at the 2004 Athens Olympics. In 2004 both horses went to Badminton and the pair relocated to their current base in the UK the following year. They married, in New Zealand, in 2013.
Tim trains with British dressage rider and international judge Isobel Wessells and Luis Alvarez Cevera. Outside of eventing Tim loves skiing and golfing.
Ringwood Sky Boy owned by Selwood.com and rider, is a 12-year-old ISH gelding. He is by the Irish-based Holstein Courage II out of a mare by the influential Irish thoroughbred Sky Boy. He was bred by Myles Mahon of Enniscorthy in Ireland and has been produced through the levls by Tim.
Ringwood Sky Boy
16.3hh, bay, gelding
Sire Courage II
Dam Sky Lassie (Sky Boy)
Varenna Allen, Reading Berks.
Robert Taylor,Marlborough, Wilts.
Selwood.com, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk & Rider