Stats: age 40, Surrey, England.
Snip: gr. g., 15.3 hands, 19 years, New Zea-land-bred Thoroughbred (Silent Hunter—Ciranoush), owned by rider, Deborah Meyer and Churchill Stud.
This pair has completed the Badminton CCI**** (England) four times, placing 10th in 2006, seventh in 2007, 12th in 2009 and 17th in 2010. They competed for New Zealand at the 2006 World Equestrian Games and at the 2008 Olympic Games, where they were 29th individually. This spring, they were second in an open intermediate division at Rocking Horse Spring Horse Trials (Fla.) in March.
Jimmy’s Prediction: Snip and Joe Meyer will go well here, but I suspect they will finish with some cross-country time faults and a few loose ends dangling from their technical skills. This is one of the most experienced pairs in the competition, and I’m sure they will make the Kiwis proud.