Eventers Mark Todd and Andrew Nicholson are chosen to compete inside their 7th Olympic Games, a feat perhaps not achieved before in New Zealand sporting history.
The mark eclipses the five Olympics attended by kayaker Ian Ferguson and board sailor Barbara Kendall.
Even before the team ended up being known as, New Zealand had been rated as by Brit equestrian correspondent Pippa Cuckson.
Nicholson and also the double Olympic gold medal-winning Todd tend to be joined by their particular bronze medal-winning 2010 World Equestrian Games team-mate Caroline Powell, along with Jonathan Paget just who rode as an individual at exact same World Champs. Jonelle Richards finishes a strong-looking New Zealand group, with Lucy Jackson named as the book.
Probable team member after a personal injury to Orient Express in the week-end.
It should be Powell’s 2nd Olympics, while Paget and Richards tend to be brand-new caps.
The group ended up being named these days by brand new Zealand Olympic Committee secretary general and selector Kereyn Smith.
“Eventing is an iconic New Zealand recreation and another which includes secured united states 10percent of our nation’s Olympic medals, ” she said.
“We enjoy the team in addition leading to winning brand new Zealand’s 100th Olympic medal at London 2012 and we also wish the professional athletes well because they get ready for the Olympic Games.”
Equestrian Sports New Zealand eventing powerful coach Erik Duvander claims the five cyclists can handle both individual and group medals.
“All champs tend to be a little volatile and things must get your way on the day, nevertheless the high quality is most surely here, ” he said.
ESNZ changed its eventing high end programme into great britain following 2010 World Championships in Kentucky, and it's also a determination that includes compensated dividends on numerous levels.
“This is a group that consistently evolve and acquire stronger constantly, ” Duvander sayd. “Our more youthful cyclists bring their own abilities and experiences into the team and everybody mentors both in various means. This is a well gelled device.”
Todd, 56, will ride the German-bred NZB Campino (owned by brand new Zealand Bloodstock and Todd), an 11-year-old bay gelding. Nicholson will contend aboard 12-year-old chestnut Nereo (possessed by Deborah Sellar) on whom he won specific bronze during the 2010 World Championships. The Spanish-born horse happens to be hugely constant for Nicholson for many periods and is rarely from the top placings.
For 50-year-old Nicholson it is very special to-be known as for London.
“The peak for me personally is an Olympic silver – which at the top of my number. Basically can arrive at the Olympics with Nereo in state he must certanly be in, however was confident I will be competitive aided by the most useful, plus with a good chance of winning, ” he said.
But he’s not just one to put himself on a podium before the tasks are done.
“There are good combinations from britain, Germany, Italy, Australia, America additionally the list continues on … but i actually do have a great deal of belief in Nereo.”
And he’s “feeling good” about the customers the brand new Zealand team.
Nicholson won staff silver during the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and bronze in Atlanta four many years later on. He in addition moved in 1984, 2000, 2004 and 2008.
Scotland-based 39-year-old Powell has actually the woman 19-year-old gray Lenamore (owned by Lexi Jackson, Janie MacKinnon and Powell) on who she won Burghley this season, while 28-year-old Paget earns their brand new cap aboard Clifton Promise, a 13-year-old bay New Zealand-bred thoroughbred owned by Frances Stead who he rode to a seventh destination at 2010 World Champs.