Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Wednesday 1st May - Sunday 5th May, 2019 #MMBHT

Jonelle Price

New Zealand
  • 68 - Classic Moet


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’.




Classic Moet

United Kingdom, 2003
16.1hh , black , mare

Sire Classic

Dam Gamston Bubbles (Bohemond)

Breeder Elaine Hepworth

Owner(s): Trisha Rickards, Brockenhurst, Hants.
& Rider

Notable Results

2017 – Pau CCI4* 10th Faerie Dianimo

2017 – Ballindenisk CIC3* 4th Faerie Dianimo

2017 – Blenheim CIC3* ERM 29th Classic Moet

2016 – Le Lions CH-M-YH-CCI2* 3rd Cooley Showtime

2016 – Lignieres CCI2* 1st Cekatinka

2016 – Burghley CCI4* 3rd Classic Moet

2015 – Pau CCI4* w/d after dressage Faerie Dianimo

2015 – Burghley CCI4* 5th Classic Moet

2015 – Gatcombe CIC3* 2nd Classic Moet

2015 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 2nd Faerie Dianimo

2014 – Pau CCI 4* 4th Faerie Dianimo

2014 – Blenheim CIC3* 1st Faerie Dianimo

2014 – Burghley CCI4* 9th The Deputy

2014 – Caen WEG 4th Classic Moet

2014 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 12th Classic Moet, 16th The Deputy

2013 – Ballindenisk CCI3* 3rd Classic Moet

2013 – Blenheim CCI3* 6th Faerie Dianimo

2013 – Burghley CCI4* 6th The Deputy, 22nd Flintstar

2013 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 8th Flintstar

2013 – Lexington CCI4* 18th The Deputy

2012 – London OG 32nd Flintstar

2011 – Burghley CCI3* 27th Flintstar

2011 – Saumur CCI3* 11th Flintstar, 17th The Deputy

2010 – Blenheim CCI3* 17th Flintstar

2005 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 29th Mazetto


2016 – 10th Classic Moet

2015 – 20th Classic Moet

2014 – Ret The Deputy

2004 – 17th Mazetto