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2009 News & Results

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

26/9/09 Joe had four rides at South of England (2) over the weekend, all coming in the top 15. Best result came from Clifton Lush who came 4th in the OI jumping a double clear.

14/9/09 Sanskrit finished 16th at Blenheim Palace CCI***, jumping a lovely clear across country.

30/8/09 Joe has ridden Clifton Lush into second place in the Scottish Open CIC3* Championship at Blair Castle in Scotland today. Despite struggling in muddy going yesterday afternoon, Lush achieved a personal best dressage score of 47.1 penalties, leaving them in 7th after the dressage. Just 1 pole down in a tricky showjumping track elevated the pair to 4th place going into x-country. Lush skimmed along over the muddy going achieving the third fastest round of the day, incurring just 9 time faults which was good enough to take 2nd place over all. A fantastic result as 1st place was taken by Opposition Buzz + Nicola Wilson, an experienced 4* combo who will represent GB at the Europeans in Sept. Well done to Clifton Lush + Joe!

17/08/09 Hartpury International – Joe had two good runs at Hartpury in the CIC*** with Clifton Lush and Sanskrit, with Clifton Lush finishing 18th and jumping a double clear!

10/08/09 Festival of British Eventing (Gatcombe) – Joe took two horses to The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe last weekend with best result coming from Clifton Chatter who was 8th in the Intermediate Championships.

04/07/09 Aachen (Germany) – CICO*** – Joe & Clifton Lush are the second team member to go for the New Zealand team in the dressage and score 55. NZ team in 2nd place behind Germany & Great Britain after 2 team members. Joe finished 24th with Clifton Lush.

19/06/09 Longleat International – Clifton Chatter 4th in the Intermediate

11/06/09 Bramham International – Clifton Lush 10th in the ***

29/5/09 Brigstock – Clifton Chatter was 2nd by just a whisker in the intermediate.

11/5/09 – Joe is 9th on British Eventing Leaderboard!

7-10/5/09 BADMINTON SUCCESS – Joe & Snip finished in 12th place, securing Snip’s 3rd Badminton miniature trophy which are awarded to the top 12 horses only! Joe also earned the distinction of being the only rider to complete with 2 horses “double clear” – incurring no penalties over the jumps in either the x-country or the show-jumping. Black Andy was hampered by by his dressage score but climbed up the order by some 33 places to finish in 42nd position.

3/5/09 Withington – Clifton Lush almost had his first advanced win – he was announced as the winner of Section M2, but when it came to the prizegiving the organisers combined the 2 sections and awarded 3rd place to Lush out of some 80 starters. Sanskrit took 16th in the combined results.

25&26/4/09 Belton Park - Clifton Chatter takes 2nd place in the Intermediate Futurity. Black Andy 4th in the Grantham Cup CIC3*. Snip 4th in the advanced

We would like to extend our condolences to the family & friends of Ian Olding

20/4/09 – We are very sad to confirm the tragic loss of EAZE A BLAZE during the x-country at South of England. He had been jumping beautifully but suffered a sudden heart attack on the run down to the last two fences. We would like to thank the event vet and organisers for their kind assistance.

4/4/09 Weston Park – Black Andy, fastest adv x-country round to finish 11th in classy field CCI4*/Adv

1/4/09 Somerley Park – Sanskrit  – 4th OI

28/3/9 Gatcombe – Snip – 3rd OI. Clifton Lush 7th OI.

Joe undertook the 3 day journey to Barocca in Portugal again this year to compete in international competitions over two consecutive weekends. The trip was a great success for the stable with Joe riding Sanskrit to 2nd place in the CCI2* and Liz Halliday (a USA international rider who trains with Joe) taking 2nd and 4th place in the CCI1*.
For full results see

We are very sad to announce that Southern Star passed away in February at the age of 23. He was the first horse that Joe brought to the UK in 1996. He was bred at Mamaku Stud and his dam was by Tira Mink, the sire of Charisma. Southern Star won the CIC3* at Scarvagh in 2000 and Thirlestane in 2001. He finished 25th at Burghley in 2001 the first year they trialed the 2 round show-jumping for teams. He retired from competition in 2004 and has been a much loved stable/field companion.

2008 News & Results

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Joe WINS Leading Intermediate in the  South East Eventers League (SEEL) Rankings 2008.
Joe Meyer was one of eleven title winners honoured at the Seahorse Ball & South East Eventers League Awards at the South of England Showground in November. During the evening Joe also received awards for The Racehorse Sanctuary Racehorse-to-Eventer and Leading Horse & Rider.

Leading Intermediate
Sponsored by First Thought Equine Ltd – 1st Clifton Chatter                                
Owned by Lucy Allison and Frances Stead
The Racehorse Sanctuary Racehorse-to-Eventer
Sponsored by the Racehorse Sanctuary & Schering-Plough Animal Health – 3rd Clifton Lush
Owned by Lucy Allison and Frances Stead Clifton Chatter
Leading Horse & Rider
Sponsored by Seahorse – 4th Clifton Chatter
Owned by Lucy Allison and Frances Stead

30/8/08 – Firle Place
We had a great result this weekend with Chatter coming second in the 6YO class at Firle with a fantastic dressage score of 23.8! A future star in the making….

21/05/08 – Ease on Fire added to Olympic Short-list
Following a top 20 finish at Badminton earlier this month, Ease on Fire has been added to the NZ team short-list, leaving Joe in the strong position of having two horses available for final selection (see full announcement below). Joe actually has 4 horses qualified to compete at the games, with Black Andy finishing a creditable 32nd at Badminton and Ariki taking 14th place in the recent World-Cup qualifier at Chatsworth.

These horses are now having a couple of quiet weeks while Joe spends some time focussing on the up and coming team, with 3 horses contesting the Houghton Hall international this week. Clifton Lush and Ease A Blaze will compete in the CCI2* and Clifton Chatter will make his international debut in the CCI1*.

The Olympic horses will have their key pre-games run at Barbury Castle CIC3* on 5th/6th July, before going into quarantine on 23 July. Horses will travel to Hong Kong on 30th July with the first horse inspection scheduled to place on the day of the Opening Ceremony 08-08-08!

The other exciting news, for those who haven’t already heard, is that we are expecting a baby at the end of September. All is well so far.

A final shortlist of eight riders, from which five will be selected for August’s Olympic Games, was named by the Eventing New Zealand selectors today.
Following recent performances three further combinations have been added to the list, including Joe Meyer and Ease On Fire, Mark Todd and Gandalf and Dan Jocelyn and Mr Pracatan. Missing from the original list are New Zealand-based duo Matthew Grayling and Bryce Newman, both forced to withdraw from contention after their respective horses were injured. Todd, a double gold medallist, recently achieved the Olympic qualifying criteria to make the final cut-off after making a late bid for Games selection. The UK-based Dan Jocelyn competed at the Athens Olympics where the New Zealand team finished fifth.

The complete shortlist is:
Andrew Nicholson – Lord Killinghurst and Henry Tankerville
Annabel Wigley – Black Drum
Caroline Powell – Lenamore and Mac MacDonald
Dan Jocelyn – Mr Pracatan
Emily Butcher – Southern Ben
Joe Meyer – Snip and Ease on Fire
Heelan Tompkins – Sugoi
Mark Todd – Gandalf

Team manager Blyth Tait, a former Olympic and world eventing champion, is pleased with the depth of talent in the New Zealand ranks. “All eight are worthy candidates who have shown good performances at a top level, giving us more experience to select from going into an Olympic campaign than we have had for a long time,” he said. The final team of five to compete in Hong Kong will be named in mid June.

2008 Olympic Games

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Home safe & sound!

Kristin and Snip arrived back home safe and sound on Saturday 16th. Joe stayed in China and headed up to Beijing for a few days to check out the main venue for the Games. He arrived back on Sunday 17th just in time to get ready to leave for Martinvast, France on Tuesday 19th… No rest for the wicked!

13/8/08 – A dramatic conclusion to the Games!

Well it was a bit of a dramatic close to Joe’s first Olympics, but not quite in the way we had hoped. Snip warmed up well, but just seem to tire a little in the heat before he went into the ring. Joe gave Snip a very sympathetic ride, but it was not to be their day as Snip trailed a hoof or two and ended up with 20 jumping faults and some time penalties. Despite these penalties, Joe and Snip did qualify for the final “individual” top 25 jump off.

It was a difficult decision for Joe to decide whether or not to compete in the second round, because of course Snip’s welfare was the paramount consideration. After walking the new shorter course, consulting with the team NZ vet and taking advice from both team manager and trainer, Joe decided to tackle the final course. Snip had freshened up remarkably during the hour or so break and as it was now 11pm the temperature had dropped a few degrees too. Snip came into the arena looking a different horse. He just tipped two rails but put in a much improved performance.

We are very proud of Joe and Snip for their performance, leading the way their NZL team-mates in both the dressage and x-country phases. Whilst the show-jumping did not go entirely to plan, they showed courage and determination to complete both the team and individual courses, finishing in 5th place as a team and individually 24th place over-all. It has been a terrific Olympic experience and one that only leaves us hungry for those medals in London 2012. As I write, I am sitting in Hong Kong airport about to board a flight home to London. Thanks to all for your support and encouragement throughout the build-up and during the course of the games.

12/8/08 – The Trot up

It felt very strange to have slept-in to 6am today on trot-up day, after 3 or 4am starts for the last 3 days. Usually trot-up day will be the earliest start of all. But today, in consideration for the HK weather conditions and the fact that the horses had to be transported back from the Beas River x-country venue to Sha Tin, means that the trot-up was been scheduled for 4pm with the show-jumping starting at 7.15.

The ground jury (judges) together with the chief vet will check over each of the horses to ensure they are fit to jump today after the exertions yesterday. This is a very important part of the competition and one where medals have been won + lost! It was a good start to the final day as all 4 kiwi horses passed the trot up. Sadly for sweden 2 of their horses did not present which caused them to drop behind NZ in the team standings. A couple of high profile horses were held and then passed, but only 1 in the top 20 did not present.

11/08/08 – X-Country

Fantastic news! Joe’s initial 20 penalties for a run out in the first water has been revoked after the NZ Team protested – Joe had pulled Snip away from the fence for safety reasons – it was not a refusal… Joe therefore finished with a clear round with 21.20 time penalties after finishing outside of the optimum time for the course of 8 minutes. This means Joe has a real chance of a top placing in his first Olympics! Joe is currently 19th! Bring on the Showjumping… Go New Zealand!

10/08/08 – A super dressage test & X-Country Day

It’s 4.30 am and we’re just getting ready to take the shuttle up to the x-c venue at Beas River. The horses went up last night. Joe is scheduled to run at 10.20am (2.20pm NZ / 3.20am UK). The course is considered to be very challenging and the weather is likely to be hot today, so it really is a case of anything could happen! Fingers crossed!

Yesterdays dressage was a personal best for Joe & Snip – 43.9 and into 11th place! Best of the Kiwi’s so far!

8/8/08 – BBC Coverage & Trot up

All NZ team pass the trot up. The team order will be Todd, Tompkins, Nicholson, Meyer and Powell. Joe will do dressage Sun morning at 6.30am (HK time). Two horses spun – 1 Chilean and 1 Brazilian. One of the Brits held but then passed…

7/8/08 – Deb’s news flash

It’s hard to believe that the time has come and I have finally arrived here at the Olympics! Flight was fine and plane landed on time. I met up with a couple of other NZ WAGS at the airport and we were zoomed through the accreditation process at the airport and a car was waiting to take us to the “friends and family” hotel (i.e. For non-athletes or team officials who stay in the Olympic Village hotel). All the team were here at the hotel awaiting the start of a video link with the rest of the NZ Team in Beijing and other satellite sites such as sailing.

We were joined here in HK by the showjumpers and some of the NZ athletics squad who were passing through. Unfortunately, just as things were to kick off, the video link went down and they had all sorts of trouble getting it back up again. Many of the riders decided they couldn’t wait as they were due to have some time in the “main arena” at 8pm. So at 7pm, we headed off to the stables. We never did find out who was named as the NZ team flag bearer for the opening ceremony!

Down at the stables they are still trying to dry everything out from yesterday’s down pour. The good news is that they were allowed to ride yesterday evening after the typhoon warning was lifted, but the bad news was that the heavens opened as the team went out! Tonight Joe rode snip in the main arena by way of warm up, then went out to one of the other schooling areas to pop him over a few fences. He looks in great shape.

By 9.30 we were on our way back to the hotel and decided to take the easy option of joining some friends for dinner at the Italian restaurant in the hotel. The food is adequate and filled the gap. Joe’s been eating mostly local style food since arriving, but I did not want to give Junior too much of a shock on the first day, so plumped for spinach canneloni to pump up my popeye strength!

Its now about 3am and I’ve got a bit of jet lag insomnia so hiding in the bathroom typing this as Joe sleeps! He has to be up at 5.30 to go off to Beas River for a team x-country walk. They have already been around once and the view so far is that it’s looking pretty tough with a high number of big efforts in a shortened distance. For example Badminton would be about 12mins but here the distance has been shortened to an optimum of 8mins. There will be a few less jumping efforts than Badminton but not many – so its going to be very demanding. I am hoping to go out for a look tomorrow morning but I won’t go with the team at 5.30!

Joe’s parents have arrived in HK but I have not caught up with them yet. They are staying with some other friends at a hotel in Kowloon. Trot-up starts tomorrow at 4pm and NZ has drawn second country to go behind Belarus. I think Belarus has only 1 or two riders, so they will no doubt choose to put that rider in a 4th or 5th team member slot, which effectively means our first team rider will be first to go of the whole competition. The order of start within the team will be decided after the trot up tomorrow.

06/08/08: Olympic countdown – Opening ceremony minus 2

Well everyone, this is the last broadcast from London as I fly out to HK tonight. Last night there was an official team NZ reception for the Equestrian team in HK and the riders were presented with a greenstone memento of the games by the NZ Chef de Mission for the olympics. Afterwards the team were treated to a ride up the Peak (the highest point on HK island) for a BBQ. Unfortunately the rain had already started so they were not able to enjoy the view!

This morning there has been a typhoon warning – signal 8 in HK, which means everything is closed down until the threat passes. So the team have had the morning off, but hopefully they will be allowed to ride tonight. The olympic schedule has some leeway – a couple of days or so – in case any days of competition have to be delayed due to typhoons. This will be an extra challenge for the riders to cope with as they could be just about ready to start and then be “stood down” for a period and then the competition might restart again with very little warning. In this case you will need to check the bbc or tvnz websites for revised coverage schedules.

That’s all from London. Remember to keep checking this website for our next update live from the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Hong Kong!

04/08/08: Olympic Countdown – 4 more sleeps until opening ceremony

After 4 days in Hong Kong the team are settling in well. The final NZ team member arrived today after competing at the British Open at Gatcombe over the weekend – his team-mates were very pleased to see him in one piece! The weather has been mostly dry so far, and not as hot as it could be. The forecast seems to be for continued moderate temperatures in the region of 30c and some showers. Nevertheless, Joe has been continuing his sauna training sessions in preparation for competition conditions, but has been enjoying a cool-off in the Olympic village pool as well. Snip seems to have recovered from any jet lag and enjoyed his first gallop on the Sha Tin racecourse turf today! Competition Hong Kong Time NZL time

31/07/08: Olympic Countdown – Joe & Snip Arrive in Hong Kong

With 8 days to go until the opening ceremony and first horse inspection, we’ve just received the news that horse, rider and groom have all now landed safely in Hong Kong.

22/07/08: Olympic Countdown – Quarantine Begins

Joe & Kristin have today headed off for Manton, near Marlborough, where the New Zealand eventing team will have base camp for the duration of the quarantine period. Kristin will stay down there to keep a close eye on Snip and Ease on Fire, whilst Joe will commute back & forth. On Thursday this week Joe will be competing at the Hickstead Eventer’s Grand Prix – a composite event that involves showjumps and x-country style fences in and around the famous Hickstead Derby arena. Joe will ride Lucy Allison’s Black Andy and says he has a good strategy up his sleeve after having a first attempt at the competition last year!

16/07/08: Olympic Countdown – 3 weeks to Opening Ceremony

With the eventing trot-up due to take place in Hong Kong on the day of the Opening Ceremony in Beijing: 08-08-08, it is starting to feel as thought the start of the competition is not too far away. The New Zealand team will go into quarantine on Tuesday 22nd, with horses and riders flying out to Hong Kong on Wednesday 30th. Both Snip and Ease on Fire will go into quarantine. Joe and Snip had a final preparation run at Barbury Castle CIC3* 10 days ago and we are delighted to report that Snip put in a solid performance, finishing fit and well.

16/06/08: Joe & Snip named on Olympic team

Joe has been confirmed as one of the final 5 team members of the NZ three day event team for the 2008 Olympics.
Seasoned campaigners Mark Todd and Andrew Nicholson will make history when they line up in the New Zealand eventing team at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. They will be joined by Joe Meyer, Caroline Powell and Heelan Tompkins in Hong Kong where the Olympic equestrian events will be held.

After eight years in retirement, Todd has completed a successful return to the elite level with inclusion this year where he joins the consistent Nicholson as New Zealand’s most capped Olympian. The pair will be attending their sixth Olympic Games, surpassing canoeist Ian Fergusson’s attendance at five Games. New Zealand Olympic selector and Secretary General, Barry Maister, said the eventing announcement was particularly special. “Mark Todd and Andrew Nicholson are among our finest Olympians and to have athletes attending their sixth Games is testament to the depth of talent we have in New Zealand sport. I think it is a fantastic team and we have high hopes for them.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest riders of all time, Todd, a gold medalist at Los Angeles in 1984 and Seoul 1988, was delighted to get the seal of approval after a late bid for inclusion. ”I’m delighted that we’ve got the nod to go,” he said. “It’s what we set out to do at the beginning and we’re looking forward to being part of the team. New Zealand has a good, solid team – they’re all pretty strong, fit and sound – so we’ve got a good chance of going really well out there.”

The UK-based Nicholson, known as Mr Consistency on the European eventing circuit, is continuing an Olympic association that started at Los Angeles in 1994. He has been a consistent top 10 performer over a number of years and holds the record for the most number of Badminton completions, which is regarded as the world’s most prestigious four star event. “It’s a pretty good team,” he said. “It’s better than what it could have been a couple of years ago and it’s getting stronger all the time. We have a good chance of winning a team medal.”

Meyer, who has been based in the UK for several years, will be making his Olympic debut in Hong Kong. “It’s what I’ve been aiming for, for years; I’ve always wanted to go to the Olympics,’’ he said. “Competing at Badminton, Burghley, the world champs and the Olympics – that’s what it’s all been about. “I’m very excited and I want it to go very well. It’s good to be selected but now I want to win a prize.”

Powell, formerly from Canterbury and now based in Scotland, will also make her debut in Hong Kong. A big improver in recent years, Powell reached a career highlight and the best European performance by a New Zealand this season when finishing fourth in top company at Badminton. “It’s great and I was kind of hopeful,” she said. “I think we’ve got a good depth of team and that we have as much chance as anyone. As long as things come together we’re in with a good chance.

Taranaki’s Tompkins completed her selection build-up in the UK. Tompkins made her Olympic debut in Athens four years ago where she was the best-placed of the New Zealand team in seventh, the same place she achieved at the World Equestrian Games in 2006. “We’ve got a really strong team,’’ she said. “This is the most excited I have been of any of the teams I have been in so far. The riders are individually strong and hopefully together it will produce a medal result.”