The two junior members of the New Zealand three-day evening team got the Kiwis off to an encouraging start at Greenwich Park today.
Halfway through the first-day dressage section, Jock Paget, riding Clifton Promise, was in sixth place with 44.10 penalties.
Jonelle Richards, the first New Zealand rider to be involved in the competition, incurred 56.70 penalties riding Flintstar, and held 24th placing.
Paget, 28, is at his first Olympics, though he does have a world championship seventh placing to his credit. Richards, 31, was a reserve for the 2004 Athens Olympics team.
There are 74 riders in the field, including other New Zealanders Caroline Powell, aboard Lenamore, Andrew Nicholson, riding Nereo, and Mark Todd, on Campino.