25 Apr 2015

Kiwi eventer on top in Kentucky

10:33 am on 25 April 2015

The New Zealand eventer Tim Price shares the lead after the first day of the prestigious Kentucky Three day Event in the United States.

The New Zealand equestrian Tim Price and his horse Wesko.

The New Zealand equestrian Tim Price and his horse Wesko. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Price and his horse Wesko delivered their best-ever dressage score to sit at the front of the field with Olympic, World and two-time European champion Michael Jung of Germany.

Price says he knew he knew his mount had it in him.

The pair won the four star rated Luhmuhlen event in Germany last year.

It was a star-studded 75-strong field, that has attracted many big names, as combinations from Europe test run travel for horses in the lead-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Price says Wesko has all the potential in the world and it does take a long time to convert that to a good performance in the ring. It is great to actually achieve it today.

He is looking forward to tomorrow's cross country, despite a weather warning, and believes the course will suit him.

Rain is forecast overnight and through cross country day, and that will play a big part in deciding just who will lead the field at the end of tomorrow.

Reigning Kentucky champ William Fox-Pitt of Great Britain is in third.