Equestrian: Kiwi Tim Price makes strong start at Burghley Horse Trials

Tim Price on board Bango at Badminton.
Tim Price on board Bango at Badminton. Photo credit: Photosport

Equestrian world number one Tim Price has two horses inside the top eight, after day one of the Burghley horse trials in England. 

Kiwi Price sits second on Bango (29.6 penalty points) and eighth with Xavier Faer (31.5) after the first day of dressage.

The 40-year-old led for most of the day with Bango, before conceding the lead to Great Britain's Eliza Stoddart on Priorspark Opposition Free. 

Stoddart leads on 28.7 points.

"I am really pleased with the two horses today," said Price. "Bango excelled all expectations.

"He has always had the quality there, but to produce it in the ring has not always been that easy. 

"He was really nice today. Xavier Faer was also very good today - a step in the right direction, but just a little disappointed with myself.

"I am excited to have those two in fairly good positions going forward."

The only other New Zealander in action was former Burghley winner Caroline Powell aboard On the Brash, who is 19th on 37.1.

On Friday night (NZ time), Price will compete in the dressage aboard Ringwood Sky Boy, whom he won the title with year. 

Still to come for New Zealand are debutant Samantha Lissington aboard Ricker Ridge Rui, Dan Jocelyn on Blackthorn Cruise and Jonelle Price on Faerie Dianimo. Ginny Thompson and Star Nouveau were a late withdrawal from the event.