Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

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

Tim Price

New Zealand
  • 34 - Ringwood Sky Boy


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

ISH, Ireland, 2003
16.3hh , bay , gelding

Sire Courage

Dam Sky Lassie (Sky Boy)

Breeder Mr Myles Mahon

Owner(s): Varenna Allen, Reading, Berks.
Robert Taylor, Marlborough, Wilts.
& Rider

Notable Results

2017 – Boekelo CICO3* 1st Cekatinka

2017 – Ballindenisk CCI3* 1st Pats Jester

2017 – Burghley 5th Ringwood Sky Boy, 18th Xavier Faer

2017 – Aachen CICO3* 17th Ringwood Sky Boy

2017 – Barbury Castle CIC3* 4th Ringwood Sky Boy

2017 – Lexington CCI4* 36th Ringwood Sky Boy

2016 – Pau CCI4* El Xavier Faer

2016 – Blenheim CIC3* ERM 18th Xavier Faer

2016 – Burghley CCI4* 4th Ringwood Sky Boy, 21st Bango

2016 – Rio OG El Ringwood Sky Boy

2016 – Blair Castle CIC3* ERM 9th Xavier Faer

2016 – Bramham CCI3* 10th Xavier Faer

2015 – Pau CCI4* 3rd Wesko

2015 – Blenheim CCI3* 5th The Court Jester

2015 – Burghley CCI4* 2nd Ringwood Sky Boy

2015 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 15th Bango

2015 – Lexington CCI4* 2nd Wesko

2014 – Blenheim CCI3* 7th Ringwood Skyboy,

2014 – Burghley EL Ringwood Skyboy

2014 – Caen WEG Ret Wesko

2014 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 1st Wesko

2014 – Tattersalls CIC3* 1st Wesko

2013 – Pau CCI4* 30th Ringwood Sky Boy

2013 – Blenheim CCI3* 13th Ringwood Sky Boy

2013 – Blair Castle CCI3* 1st Wesko

2009 – Pau CCI4* 20th Vortex

2009 – Burghley CCI4* Ret Vortex

2008 – Pau CCI4* 20th Vortex

2003 – Burghley CCI4* Desmoray 43rd Desmoray


2017 – 3rd Xavier Faer

2016 – El Ringwood Skyboy

2015 – 15th Ringwood Sky Boy

2014 – 9th Ringwood Sky Boy, El Wesko

2009 – 20th Vortex

2004 – 48th  Desamoray