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Great BritainJonelle Richards

Country: New Zealand

Age: 32

British-based Jonelle, a member of the New Zealand team that won bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games, runs a yard with her husband, rider Tim Price, near Marlborough in Wiltshire.

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 both the Athens Olympics and in 2006 the Aachen World Championships with Mazetto.

Flintstar, owned by Mr Tim Price, is by the New Zealand-bred stallion Zabalu, a son of the Thoroughbred Aberlou (sire of many event horses including Messiah, Eze and Delta III all ridden by Blyth Tait). He is out of Croftlea Firequeen who is by ISH sire Kingcroft Wicklow (a grandson of King of Diamonds who was exported to New Zealand).  

Flintstar was bred by Tim Price’s family who sold him as an unbroken two-year-old and then bought by Jonelle and Tim’s head girl Darnelle Hubbard. Darnelle broke him in and then came to work for Tim and Jonelle bringing him over to the UK a year later. Tim took the ride and when Tim broke his leg in 2010, Jonelle took over, and never gave him back, bringing him on from two-star.

The Deputy, owned by Mrs Lucy Sangster and rider, is an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding by the Irish Thoroughbred Cult Hero. He has been produced since a novice.

Results

  • 2013 – Aachen CICO3* 18th The Deputy
  • 2013 – Luhmuhlen CCI$* 8th Flintstar
  • 2013 – Tattersalls CCI3* 17th Flintstar
  • 2013 – Lexington CCI4* 18th The Deputy
  • 2013 – Fontainebleau CICO3* 43rd Flintstar
  • 2012 – Blenheim CCI3* 16th Mere Oak, 32nd The Deputy
  • 2012 – London OG 32nd Flintstar
  • 2012 – Bramham CIC3* 19th Flintstar
  • 2012 – Belton CIC*** Flintstar 26th, 42nd Mere Oak
  • 2011 – Burghley CCI**** 27th Flintstar
  • 2011 – Aachen CICO*** 33rd Flintstar
  • 2011 – Saumur CCI*** 11th Flintstar, 17th The Deputy
  • 2010 – Blenheim CCI*** 17th Flintstar
  • 2007 – Blenheim CCI*** 51 Nemo
  • 2007 – Punchestown CCI*** 10th Nemo
  • 2005 – Luhmuhlen CCI**** 29th Mazetto
  • 2004 – Badminton CCI4* 17th Mazetto

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