New Zealand Olympic rider Jonelle Price (38) is the current holder of the Mitsubishi Motors Trophy, having won the event last year – her first Badminton and first four-star win – with Classic Moet, her entry this year. It will be a fourth visit for Classic Moet who now has three completions. Just six weeks after Badminton Jonelle claimed her second four-star victory with a win at Luhmuhlen with Faerie Dianimo. In September, making 2018 an even bigger year to remember, husband Tim won Burghley. Jonelle is currently 7th in the FEI world rider ranking and was 7th in the 2018 BE top 100 rider ranking.
Jonelle is based near Marlborough in Wiltshire where with Tim– also entered for Badminton – the pair runs a yard together. She was a member of the New Zealand team for the 2016 Olympic Games (Faerie Dianimo) the 2018 WEG (Classic Moet) and with Classic Moet rode as an individual at the 2014 WEG finishing in fourth place while Classic Moet was the highest placed mare with the fastest time of the day. In 2015 the pair was fifth at Burghley and Classic Moet was again the fastest and highest placed mare and in 2016 the pair was 3rd at Burghley. In 2014 with Faerie Dianimo she won the Blenheim CIC3* and the mare was then fourth at her first four-star in Pau.
Jonelle hails from Nelson in the South Island of New Zealand and is the youngest of four from a non-horsey family – her father was a butcher. Her ‘bizarre passion for horses’ is something of a mystery and was fired when she made a friend who had horses. After school Jonelle went to study law at Canterbury University, and completed the first year before giving up to pursue her dream of eventing at the highest level.
In 2004 Jonelle was a reserve for the Athens Olympics and in 2006 the Aachen World Championships with Mazetto with whom she first completed Badminton in 2004. With Flintstar she was a member of the New Zealand team that won bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games. She trains with dressage rider and judge Isobel Wessels and Luis Alvarez. In order to improve showjumping Jonelle (and Tim) have spent three weeks of the year jumping with their event horses at the sunshine tour in Spain.
Jonelle enjoys cooking, interior design, mountain biking and travelling. She and husband Tim began dating in 2001 and came to the UK together to prepare for the 2004 Olympic Games. They relocated to the UK in 2005 and married in NZ in 2013. The couple has a 20 month-old boy, Otis, born August 2017 – Jonelle was back in the saddle a month later and competed at Blenheim.
Classic Moet (aka Molly) owned by Trisha Rickards, is a 16-year-old British-bred mare. Bred by Elaine Hepworth she is by the thoroughbred Classic out of a mare by Bohemond. She was produced to two-star level by Karen Dixon then acquired by Trisha and ridden by Darrell Scaife and Elizabeth Power before the ride passed to Jonelle in 2013. The pair contested WEG 2014 and in 2016 was 3rd at Burghley and have completed Badminton three times – winning in 2018. Classic Moet has two yearling offspring (by the French champion Upsilon) born in 2018 courtesy of embryo transfer. Jonelle says; ‘Molly is known as the fastest cross country horse in the world and has previously sped round WEG, Badminton and Burghley faster than any other horse in the competion and she wants to do everything as fast as she can whether that be hacking, eating or galloping’. However Molly is no diva she is as happy in a field as at Badminton’. Owner Trisha Rickard bred four-star horses Faerie Dianimo and Xavier Faer.
16.1hh , black , mare
Dam Gamston Bubbles (Bohemond)
Breeder Elaine Hepworth
Trisha Rickards, Brockenhurst, Hants.