Jonelle Price

Wednesday 7th - 11th May 2025

Jonelle Price

New Zealand
  • 52 - Classic Moet


It is 20-years since British-based New Zealand Olympic rider Jonelle Price (43) first competed at Badminton. She last competed here in 2022 with the mare Classic Moet (11th) with who she won the event in 2018. The combination completed on four occasions. It will be a first Badminton for Grappa Nera with who Jonelle won Pau 5* 2022 and in 2021 the combination completed the 5*L at Lexington (28th). The combination also competes in showjumping up to 4*.

Jonelle is based near Beaminster in Dorset where with husband Tim – also entered for Badminton – the pair runs a yard together. She was a member of the New Zealand team for the 2012 (team bronze), 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games (where she was the highest placed member of the NZ team 11th – Grovine de Reve) and in 2022 she won team bronze at the World Championships (10th).

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. With Flintstar she was a member of the New Zealand team that won bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games. With Classic Moet she rode as an individual at the 2014 WEG finishing in fourth place while 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 and in 2018 members of the team for WEG. That year as well as winning Badminton she won the 4* at Luhmuhlen while husband Tim crowned an exceptional year when winning Burghley.

Jonelle trains with dressage rider Spencer Wilton and jumping trainer Luis Alvarez. Each year the couple spends at least three weeks of the year jumping their horses at the sunshine tour in Spain.

Jonelle enjoys cooking, hiking trails beach holidays and going home to New Zealand. 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. The couple has 5-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter.

Grappa Nera is a 13-year-old KWPN registered mare. She is by the well known jumping sire Karandasj (who later in life stood in the UK) out of a mare by Babalouba a son of the jumping sire Baloubet De Rouet. She was formerly ridden by Alex Postolowsky and has been ridden by Jonelle since a 7-year-old. She contested and completed her first 5* at Lexington in 2021 and was the winner of the 5* at Pau in 2022.


Classic Moet

TB, United Kingdom, 2003
16.1hh , black , mare

Sire Classic

Dam Gamston Bubbles (Bohemond)

Breeder Elaine Hepworth

Owner(s): Trisha & Sophie Rickards
& Rider

Notable Results

2022 – Pau CCI5*L 1st Grappa Nera

2022 – Pratoni CH-M-C 10th McLaren

2021 – Tokyo OG 11th Grovine de Reve

2021 – Elkton MD CCI5*L 8th Classic Moet

2021 – Lexington CCI5* 3rd Grovine de Reve, 7th Classic Moet, 28th Grappa Nera

2020 – Pau CCI5* Grovine de Reve

2019 – Gatcombe CCI4*S 1st Classic Moet

2018 – Tryon WEG 19th Classic Moet

2018 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 1st Faerie Dianimo

2016 – Rio OG 17th Faerie Dianimo

2016 – Burghley CCI4* 3rd Classic Moet

2015 – Burghley CCI4* 5th 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 – Burghley CCI4* 6th The Deputy, 22nd Flintstar

2012 – London OG 32nd Flintstar

2011 – Burghley CCI3* 27th Flintstar



2022 – 11th Classic Moet

2018 – 1st Classic Moet

2016 – 10th Classic Moet

2015 – 20th Classic Moet

2014 – Ret The Deputy

2004 – 17th Mazetto