View Full Version : NZ Olympic squad to be based in UK

Jan. 22, 2011, 02:12 PM
from Horse & Hound (http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/397/305122.html):

The New Zealand eventing team and entire top-level training programme will relocate to the UK this spring in preparation for the London 2012 Olympics.
The Kiwis aim to better the team bronze medal they secured at last autumn's World Equestrian Games (WEG) and have already named their five-strong 2012 squad.

"Our riders need to compete against the best in the world — in the UK and Europe," said team coach Erik Duvander.

IIRC, if NZ had run Jonathan Paget on the team rather than as an individual at WEG, NZ would have finished just 0.8 points behind GBR. NZ took team bronze but this shows how strong they are.

Jan. 22, 2011, 02:28 PM
NZ and Canada both could change the "usual suspects" on the 2012 Olympic podium.