Jonelle Richards was born in Nelson in 1980. Even though she grew up in Motueka in a non-horsey family, she said conceded had always had a bit of a “weird obsession” with horses. In Motueka she was friends with a girl named Rebecca Verity, who had horses, and that is where Richards' love of horses originated. After finishing school, she went off to study law at Canterbury University, only briefly as it turned out.
She met Tim Price at a jumping meeting in 1998 and they began dating in 2001. With advanced horses Desamoray and Mazetto, Price and Richards landed in Britain in the summer of 2003 to prepare for Burghley, with the Athens Olympics in mind. Price competed on Desamoray but Mazetto got travel sick and never started. Price and Richards loved the eventing scene in Britain and relocated there permanently in Britain. They settled in Mere Farm, Marlborough, in 2005.
Richards was close to making the New Zealand team for the 2004 Athens Olympics with Mazetto, being named as a reserve.
Two years later Richards and Mazetto were again a reserve, this time for the New Zealand team to the world championships in Aachen, Germany.
Richards remained near the forefront of the eventing scene in Britain and developed another top-class horse in Flintstar (bred in New Zealand by Tim Price's parents).
Richards earned selection for the New Zealand team for the London 2012 Olympics, along with Mark Todd, Andrew Nicholson, Jock Paget and Caroline Powell, and helped the New Zealanders secure a bronze medal at Greenwich Park.
They were fifth after the dressage and fourth after the cross-country and improved to the bronze medal position behind Germany and Britain during the final-day showjumping. Flintstar struggled a little in the dressage, scoring 56.7 points, which left Richards 55th. They had a good cross-country round, and rose to 31st in the individual standings. After the first showjumping round Richards was in 30th place.
Richards and Price married in the Marlborough Sounds in January 2013. At Mere Farm they have about 30 horses on their 120-acre farm – 20 eventers and the rest schoolers and breakers.
Richards continued her good form into 2013 when, riding The Deputy, she recorded a notable sixth place in the Burghley horse trials.
Jonelle's Games History
Olympic Summer Games Rio 2016
Eventing Individual Jumping Final 73.50ptsEventing Individual Dressage Day 2 49.5ptsEventing Individual Cross Country 57.5pts Q
Eventing Team Jumping Final 178.80ptsEventing Team Dressage 137.50ptsEventing Team Cross Country 154.80pts
Olympic Summer Games London 2012
Jumping Qualifier 9.00 QCross Country 62.7Dressage Day 1 56.70
Jumping Final 144.40Cross Country 133.4Dressage Day 1Dressage Day 2 128.203