New Zealander Tim Price (38) 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 15th in the FEI World rider Ranking and was 7th in the 2016 BE top 100 riders.
Although Tim did not complete Badminton 2016 with Ringwod Skyboy in the two previous years the pair was the winner of the William Miflin trophy for the ride closest to the optimum time. In 2016 they were fourth at Burghley and in 2015 second.
This year Tim spent five weeks competing his horses in international showjumping in Spain.
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 – Jonelle is now expecting their first child.
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.
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 owned by Varenna Allen, Robert Taylor, Selwood Equine and rider 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 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’.
Bango owned by the Numero Uno Syndicate, is an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. He is by Garrison Royale (a son of Cavalier Royale) out of a mare by the thoroughbred Don Tristan. He was acquired through Donal Barnwell when Tim broke him in as a four-year-old.
Xavier Faer, owned by his breeder Trisha Rickards, Nigella Hall and rider, is a British-bred 11-year-old gelding. He comes from a line of Trisha’s homebred horses. He is by Catherston Liberator out of the homebred, former advanced mare Faerie Dazzler who is by Catherston Dazzler (sire of former four-star horse Midnight Dazzler). Xavier Faer is a half-brother (out of the same dam) to the Olympic four-star mare Faerie Dianimo (by Dimaggio) ridden by Tim’s wife Jonelle as well as the younger Faerie Magnifico (by Grafenstolz) who will be competing at Badminton in the BYEH class. He was originally ridden by Elizabeth Power, then Rebecca Howard and Tim took the ride at the end of 2014 at two-star level.
Ringwood Sky Boy
16.3 hh , bay , gelding
Sire Courage II
Dam Sky Lassie (Sky Boy)
Breeder Mr Myles Mahon
Varenna Allen, c/o Marlborough, Wilts.,
Robert Taylor, c/o Marlborough, Wilts.,
Selwood Equine, c/o Marlborough, Wilts. & Rider
16.3 hh , chestnut , gelding
Sire Garrison Royale
Dam No Sale (Don Tristan )
Breeder Mr James Foley
Owner(s): Numero Uno Syndicate, Marlborough, Wilts.