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.

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Jonelle's Games History

  • Olympic Summer Games Rio 2016

    • Equestrian - Eventing (Individual - Open)
      Eventing Individual Jumping Final 73.50pts
      Eventing Individual Dressage Day 2 49.5pts
      Eventing Individual Cross Country 57.5pts Q
      Placed 17 of 65
    • Equestrian - Eventing (Team - Open)
      Eventing Team Jumping Final 178.80pts
      Eventing Team Dressage 137.50pts
      Eventing Team Cross Country 154.80pts
      Placed 4 of 13
  • Olympic Summer Games London 2012

    • Equestrian - Eventing (Individual - Open)
      Jumping Qualifier 9.00 Q
      Cross Country 62.7
      Dressage Day 1 56.70
      Placed 32 of 74
    • Equestrian - Eventing (Team - Open)
      Jumping Final 144.40
      Cross Country 133.4
      Dressage Day 1
      Dressage Day 2 128.20
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