In the toughest competition of their sporting career, the New Zealand Team has held out a tough challenge from the South Africans to win this year�s Tri-Nations trophy. After the two legs of this series, the first here at the Kelt Capital Horse of the Year and the second over the last three days in South Africa, New Zealand took first place with 15 points, South Africa was second with 13 points and Australia third with 12 points.

Captain Simon Wilson said today�s competition was so tough and exciting, especially as the New Zealanders missed winning the third day of competition by 1 time fault. This last day of competition, which was over a big course, was won by South Africa with 22 faults, with New Zealand coming in second on 21 faults. Simon said that it was the bonus point achieved in Friday�s competition that won them the trophy.

The New Zealand Dressage team finished third over their three days of competition but Jody Hartstone salvaged our pride by winning the leading rider prize.

South African Chairman, Tony Lewis, said that it was an amazing tight competition but the Kiwi Showjumpers were just too good and their performance over the competition was world class.

Congratulations to the New Zealand Team