Equestrian: Tim Price continues Kiwi charge at Burghley Horse Trials

Tim Price in action during the cross country stage.
Tim Price in action during the cross country stage. Photo credit: Equestrian Sports New Zealand

Defending champion Tim Price is the best placed of the New Zealand riders after the cross country round at the Burghley Horse Trials in England.

The world number one is seventh on his mount Bango on 41.6 penalty points, with Britain's Pippa Funnell at the top of the leaderboard on 26.8 heading into the final showjumping round. 

Price had three horses on the card, but only one Bango completed the tough and challenging cross country course. 

He retired Xavier Faer and was eliminated on his 2018 Burghley champion Ringwood Sky Boy when the horse stumbled at the end of the course and the two parted company.

There were 20 eliminations today and 11 retirements - including Jonelle Price and  Faerie Dianimo - on the course.

Despite the setback, Price has been impressed with Bango's performance during the trials.

"He is a Burghley horse through, and through so it was fun to get out on a course that really matched who he is and how he goes," he said. 

Caroline Powell is the next best of the New Zealanders in 19th place on 67.1, riding On the Brash.

The Brits continue to dominate the leaderboard with six placed inside the top 10, with Funnell and MGH Grafton Street leading the way. 

Hot on their heels is Piggy French and her Badminton winner Vanir Kamira right on 26.9, and Oliver Townend with Ballaghmor Class in third on 27.3.

The showjumping stage will decide who will be the 2019 champion of Burghley.