In 2017 New Zealand Olympic rider Tim Price (39) gained one of his best results when 3rd at Badminton (Xavier Faer). Tim was a member of the fourth placed New Zealand team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games (Ringwood Sky Boy) and the team for the 2014 WEG in France. He is based near Marlborough in Wiltshire where he runs a competition yard with his wife Jonelle. He is currently 2nd in the FEI World rider Ranking and was 3rd in the 2017 BE top 100 rider ranking.
In 2015 & ’14 with Ringwod Skyboy at Badminton he was the winner of the William Miflin trophy for the ride closest to the optimum time. In 2016 the pair was 4th at Burghley and in 2017, 5th.
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).
In 2014 Tim achieved 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.
Tim and Jonelle (nee 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 and Jonelle gave birth to their first child – a boy (Otis) – in August 2017.
Tims brother Cam is CEO of Keyflow Horse feeds and his brother Brad is a ‘genuine cowboy in Australia’.
Tim trains with British dressage rider and international judge Isobel Wessells and Luis Alvarez Cevera.
Outside of eventing he loves travel, camping, skiing, golfing and dangerous sports.
Ringwood Sky Boy is a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. He is by the Irish-based Holstein, Courage II – also the sire of Badminton entries Cooleys Rorke Drift and Duke of Cavan and is out of a mare by the influential Irish thoroughbred Sky Boy. He was bred by Myles Mahon of Enniscorthy in Ireland and wsa bought out of Goresbridge sales ‘many years ago, very cheaply with the a reputation as a bolter’. He has been produced through the levels by Tim. He is described as a ‘complicated and sensitive horse who trusts Tim more than anyone else on the planet’.
Ringwood Sky Boy
16.3hh , bay , gelding
Dam Sky Lassie (Sky Boy)
Breeder Mr Myles Mahon
Varenna Allen, Reading, Berks.
Robert Taylor, Marlborough, Wilts.
16.3 hh , chestnut , gelding
Sire Garrison Royale
Dam No Sale (Don Tristan )
Breeder Mr James Foley
Owner(s): Numero Uno Syndicate, Marlborough, Wilts.