A TRIO of Wiltshire-based New Zealanders have been named in New Zealand's eventing team for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games next month.

Mildenhall-based husband and wife Tim and Jonelle Price have been included in the five-rider team, along with Sir Mark Todd, who is based at Badgerstown, outside Swindon.

Four riders will make up the team at the Games at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina in the United States from September 11-23, with three scores to count – and an individual combination.

Seven-time 62-year-old Olympian Todd, who has been named for his fifth Games aboard 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding McClaren, who has been with him since mid-2017,'' said: "“I am delighted to be on another WEG team and excited to be part of this great bunch of people.

"Everything crossed now for the next four weeks to get there safely and in top form.”

Todd's medal haul includes two Games team golds, a team bronze and an individual silver alongside six Olympic medals including back-to-back individual golds, while both he and Blyth Tait, who along with Dan Jocelyn completes the New Zealand team, were on the team to win gold at the inaugural Games in Stockholm in 1990.

Todd also has two horses as reserves - his 2016 Rio Olympic Games horse Leonidas II and Kiltubrid Rhapsody, on whom he was sixth at Badminton this year.

The Prices are currently ranked fourth and fifth in the world, with Jonelle, 37, named aboard 15-year-old black mare Classic Moet, on whom she won Badminton this year.

The duo were the best of the Kiwis at the 2014 Games, finishing fourth individually, while she was also a member of the New Zealand team that won team bronze at the London 2012 Olympics and competed at the 2016 Rio Games.

Tim has been named on 11-year-old Cekatinka, who was third at CHIO Aachen, having represented New Zealand at both Olympic and World Games level and made the podium at four star events in Kentucky, Luhmuhlen, Burghley and Pau.

The 39-year-old’s reserves are Ascona M and Rio Olympic horse Ringwood Sky Boy.

Among the reserves for New Zealand is Marlborough-based Jesse Campbell on Cleveland.