The Story So Far

The Story So Far

1902

Eventing Invented

Eventing as we know it is invented at Championnat du Cheval d’Armes as a three-part challenge for French cavalry soldiers and their chargers. Dressage demanded elegance and obedience on the parade ground. Cross-country required stamina and bravery over difficult terrain and fixed obstacles. The contest finished with show-jumping over flimsy coloured fences to test the stamina of horses and – with prizes being decided – the nerves of their riders.

1912

Olympic Sport

Eventing becomes an Olympic sport, but only for male military officers on active duty.

1924

Olympic Civilians

Male civilians are allowed to compete at Olympic level. Women have another 40 years to wait.

1949

Badminton Established

Badminton Horse Trials is established. The most prestigious and complete test of horse and rider on earth, most professional riders dream of completing, far less winning, it.

1961

Burghley Established

Burghley Horse Trails is established in a setting as beautiful, and with a cross-country course as terrifying, as Badminton. A fearsome test of courage and precision, it features ditches wide enough and deep enough to park family a car in.

1964

Female Olympians

At last! Women are allowed in and eventing becomes one of the few Olympic sports where men and women compete against each other and on completely equal terms.

1976

Rolex Kentucky Established

Rolex Kentucky Horse Trails is established at the purpose-built Kentucky Horse Park. Along with Badminton, Burghley, Adelaide (Australia), Luhmühlen (Germany) and Pau (France) today it is one of only six maximum difficulty or four-star events in the sport.

1979

Tim Arrives

Tim Price is born to horsey parents on a farm in the South Island of New Zealand.

1980

Jonelle Arrives

Jonelle Richards is born, also in the South Island of New Zealand but to a completely un-horsey family.

1984

Mark Todd Wins Gold

Mark Todd and Charisma win individual eventing gold at the Los Angeles Olympics.  Lucinda Green wins Badminton for a record sixth time – and never on the same horse twice.

1988

Jonelle Hooked

Jonelle sits on a friend’s pony and is hooked!

1996

Tim Calls

Jonelle’s parents start fielding calls from some boy called Tim who she met at a horse show.

1999

Law Degree?

Jonelle ditches a law degree at Canterbury University after one year in favour of eventing.

2000

First World Cup

Tim is focused on show-jumping and competes in his first World Cup.

2001

Tim & Jonelle

Tim and Jonelle become more than just friends!

2003

Getting Serious

You know things are getting serious when horses start being put on planes. Tim sells his first great horse Vortex to pay for his other advanced horse Desamoray to fly over to contest Burghley. Jonelle spends her life savings on the airfare for Mazetto.  Tim finishes 42nd but Mazetto gets travel sick and never starts.

2004

First Badminton Horse Trials

Tim and Jonelle return to take on Badminton.  It pours with rain from start to finish.  Mazetto jumps an incredible cross-country round in horrendous conditions, climbing the leaderboard to finish 17th. This gusty performance earns him and Jonelle the travelling reserve spot for the New Zealand team at the Athens Olympics.

2005

Mere Farm

Tim and Jonelle re-locate permanently to the UK, finding and setting up camp at Mere Farm in Wiltshire “a little slice of New Zealand in the heart of England”.

2006

Aachen World Championships

Jonelle and Mazetto are team reserve for Aachen World Championships and the years of serious grafting begin.

2010

Marriage Proposal

Tim breaks his leg and with so much time on his hands gets to thinking – a marriage proposal is the result. Jonelle accepts.

2012

London Olympics

Jonelle wins team bronze with Flintstar (a horse bred by Tim’s parents) at the London Olympics.

2013

Tim & Jonelle Get Married

With the words “Today I marry my best friend…” Tim and Jonelle tie the knot at Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough, New Zealand.

2014

First Four Star Win

Tim wins his first four-star with Wesko at Luhmühlen. He and Jonelle then become the first husband and wife on a New Zealand World Equestrian Games team.

2015

Golden Year

A Golden Year. Tim finishes second at Rolex Kentucky and third at Pau four-star events with Wesko. Jonelle and Faerie Dianimo are runners up at Luhmühlen. Tim and Ringwood Sky Boy are runners up at Burghley. Jonelle and Classic Moet finish hot on their heels in fifth place.

2016

Rio Olympics

The Prices make history in Rio as the first husband and wife on the same Olympic team.  Mark Todd rides alongside them at his seventh Olympics, 28 years after his first.  Jonelle and Classic Moet scorch round Burghley to finish third.  Tim and Ringwood Sky Boy are right behind them in fourth.

2017

Baby Price

News she is pregnant scupper Jonelle’s plans defend her title as the highest-ranked female rider in the world. But just two months after the arrival of Otis Price, she and Faerie Dianimo achieve a top ten finish at Pau. Tim ends the season as a father for the first time, second in the FEI world rider rankings, placed third at Badminton and fifth at Burghley.

2020

Tokyo Olympics

The Price Family head to the Tokyo Olympics…?