New Zealand Olympic rider Jonelle Price (37) is based near Marlborough in Wiltshire where with husband Tim– also entered for Badminton – the pair run a yard together. She last competed at Badminton in 2016 having taken much of 2017 off due to being pregnant – she gave birth to a boy (Otis) in August last year and was back in the saddle for Blenheim.
Jonelle was a member of the New Zealand team for the 2016 Olympic Games and with Badminton entry Classic Moet she represented NZ as an individual at the WEG where she was fourth and 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. In 2015 the pair was second at Luhmuhlen.
With Flintstar she was a member of the New Zealand team that won bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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.
She trains with dressage rider and judge Isobel Wessels and Luis Alvarez.
Jonelle enjoys cooking and off the beaten track holidays – a favourite destination is Mango bay in Vietnam and New York in the winter – and watching the All Blacks play Rugby.
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.
Classic Moet, owned by Trisha Rickards, is a 14-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 twice completed Badminton. Classic Moet has two foals (by the French champion Upsilon) born this year courtesy of embryo transfer. She is described as ‘wanting to do everything as fast as she can whether that be hacking, eating or galloping’.
16.1hh , black , mare
Dam Gamston Bubbles (Bohemond)
Breeder Elaine Hepworth
Trisha Rickards, Brockenhurst, Hants.