WILTSHIRE rider Jonelle Price added another top trophy to the cabinet at the weekend, winning the Magic Millions British Open Championship CCI4* at Gatcombe Park.

Price, who is based in Marlborough, took victory aboard her 2018 Badminton winner Classic Moet.

“It is the quintessential British event and I have never won here before,” said New Zealander Price, who was forced to withdraw from the defence of her Badminton crown earlier this year.

“It is Classic Moet’s cup of tea and is really vital Burghley preparation for us.

“I have had a bit of a quiet year with her. She missed Badminton in the spring, so I am just delighted to have her here, to put in such a good performance over all three phases and to have the win.”

Price is now eyeing the prestigious Burghley Horse Trials next month.

She said: “It was very disappointing having to withdraw from Badminton in the spring, but we don’t know sometimes why things happen and I keep looking ahead to Burghley and thinking maybe it is her year.

“It is just fantastic to have her here – she looks a picture of health and is obviously feeling very well. Hopefully, this really ticks the box in terms of our Burghley prep so we can consolidate from here and line up there in a month’s time.”

Price and Classic Moet were eighth after the dressage and slipped to ninth after taking a rail in the showjumping but they shone in the cross-country to finish on 35.6 penalties, taking both the one day crown and the £10,000 winner’s purse

In second place was Ben Hobday aboard Shadow Man II on 37.8, while Nicholas Lacey on Proud Courage rounded out the top three on 40.8.

Price’s husband, Tim, and Xavier Faer finished 12th.