Plenty of work to do for NZ equestrians

8:57 pm on 8 August 2016

Eventer Jonelle Price concedes the New Zealand equestrian team have a tonne of work to do if they are to challenge for a medal at the Rio Olympics.

NZL-Jonelle Price rides Faerie Dianimo in the Dressage for the Equestrian Eventing (Interim-43rd). Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Centro Olímpico de Hipismo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sunday 7 August.

Jonelle Price rides Faerie Dianimo in the Dressage for the Equestrian Eventing. Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photo: Photosport

New Zealand has dropped back to 6th overall in the team eventing competition, after the dressage rounds.

Sir Mark Todd is the best-placed in the individual standings at 17th, as the team heads into tomorrow morning's cross-country stage of the three-day event.

Price said cross-country was the New Zealanders' strongest phase, but she said the team must all perform to the best of their abilities to work their way back into medal contention.

"It's obviously not where we hoped to be, it's not where we planned to be but luckily it's called three day eventing and there's a lot more to happen yet. The course looks tough and hopefully Kiwis can do what Kiwis typically do best and have four good rounds tomorrow."

All four New Zealand riders will compete in the cross country phase.

Team manager Erik Duvander was confident the New Zealand team will perform well on the Rio course.

"They're well suited for this track, it's very technical, it invites the horses to run off the fences, they're not super big but it's going to be absolute 100 percent concentration from horse and rider."

The cross country starts at 1am.