OUR KI­WIS GET THE JUMP

The wins keep com­ing

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Real Life -

Not since Princess Anne and Cap­tain Mark Phillips has there been a power cou­ple this suc­cess­ful in event­ing, but Kiwi Jonelle and Tim Price are tak­ing over the man­tle!

Fresh off the back of Jonelle be­com­ing the first New Zealand woman to win the Badminton Horse Tri­als in May, Tim has taken out top prize at the pres­ti­gious Burgh­ley Horse Tri­als. Chat­ting to Woman’s

Day from their UK home in Marl­bor­ough, Wilt­shire, af­ter what sounds like a rau­cous night, Tim croaks, “I’m a lit­tle bit rough but not too bad. Last night’s celebration was not sub­dued, even if it was a school night. You work hard, but you have to play hard – it’s all about a bal­ance in this life!”

It’s been a whirl­wind year for the cou­ple, who wel­comed their “sur­prise” son Otis just 13 months ago, and last week was a “mon­u­men­tal one” in what Tim calls their “crazy gypsy life”.

“Jonelle has had a phe­nom­e­nal year and that would be enough nor­mally,” en­thuses Tim. “You could eas­ily rest happy at the end of the sea­son with her wins be­cause that’s no mean feat, so to add this to it is pretty cool.”

The pride Jonelle, 37, feels was ev­i­dent in her beam­ing smile on the day of her hus­band’s win. “You couldn’t have writ­ten the script – it re­ally is a fairy­tale,” she gushes. “There was just ab­so­lute joy. My mum was over for Badminton and Tim’s dad was over for Burgh­ley. It will cer­tainly be a year

to re­mem­ber, for sure.”

But it isn’t just Jonelle and Tim mak­ing moves, with their boy Otis al­ready up and walking around the house, keep­ing his cham­pion par­ents on their toes.

“He’s a right lit­tle char­ac­ter,” says Jonelle. “This baby busi­ness is new ter­ri­tory for us – ev­ery stage, we’re not sure what to ex­pect. Nei­ther of us were baby peo­ple be­fore he came along, but he shows us along the way and he’s def­i­nitely got a bit of de­ter­mi­na­tion there, which I’ve no idea where he gets that from!”

The pair say hard work and “a lit­tle bit of tal­ent” have led to them achiev­ing re­sults be­yond their wildest dreams, which they hope will hold them in good stead as they jet off to the US to rep­re­sent

New Zealand in the World Eques­trian Games this month.

Jonelle adds, “It just shows that in the end, if you have the ded­i­ca­tion, you can get there. It’s nice to have some silly lit­tle things to write in the history books, but first and fore­most, it’s an ac­cu­mu­la­tion of years of knock­ing on the door. If you keep knock­ing long enough, the doors start open­ing.”

Otis wants a horsey too! No doubt Jonelle and Tim’s son will be in the sad­dle soon. Tro­phy dad! Jonelle was there to cheer on Tim at the Burgh­ley event.

Anne and Mark were the golden cou­ple of event­ing.

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