Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Wednesday 3rd May - Sunday 7th May, 2017 #MMBHT

Tim Price

New Zealand
  • 80 - Ringwood Sky Boy


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 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

ISH, Great Britain, 2003
16.3hh, bay, gelding

Sire Courage II

Dam Sky Lassie (Sky Boy)

Owner(s): Varenna Allen, Reading Berks.
Robert Taylor,Marlborough, Wilts., Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk & Rider

Notable Results

2015 – Pau CCI4* 3rd Wesko

2015 – Blenheim CCI3* 5th The Court Jester

2015 – Burghley CCI4* 2nd Ringwood Sky Boy

2015 – Millstreet CIC3* 2nd Bango

2015 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 15th Bango

2015 – Lexington CCI4* 2nd Wesko

2015 – Burnham Market CIC3* 57th Wesko

2014 – Boekelo CICO3* 12th Bango

2014 – Blenheim CCI3* 7th Ringwood Skyboy,

2014 – Burghley EL Ringwood Skyboy

2014 – Caen WEG Ret Wesko

2014 – Hartpury CIC3* 2nd Wesko2014

2014 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 1st Wesko

2014 – Tattersalls CIC3* 1st Wesko

2014 – Belton CIC3* 22nd Wesko, 30th Ringwood Sky Boy

2013 – Pau CCI4* 30th Ringwood Sky Boy

2013 – Blenheim CCI3* 13th Ringwood Sky Boy

2013 – Blair Castle CCI3* 1st Wesko

2013 – Hartpury CIC3* 2nd Wesko

2013 – Saumur CCI3* 9th Ringwood Sky Boy

2009 – Pau CCI4* 20th Vortex

2009 – Burghley CCI4* Ret Vortex

2008 – Pau CCI4* 20th Vortex

2003 – Burghley CCI4* Desmoray 43rd Desmoray


2015 – 15th Ringwood Sky Boy

2014 – 9th Ringwood Sky Boy, El Wesko

2009 – 20th Vortex

2004 – 48th  Desamoray