A perfect run from Sir Mark Todd has helped move New Zealand top of the standings at the FEI Eventing Nations Cup event in Cappoquin ©Getty Images

New Zealand have moved to the top of the standings in the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Eventing Nations Cup event in the Irish town of Cappoquin following the cross-country competition.

Two faultless performances, from double Olympic gold medallist Sir Mark Todd and Tim Price, saw the New Zealanders rise from fourth to first with a combined penalty points score of 94.90.

Hosts Ireland are up to second with 99.50 points, with Sam Watson the top ranked individual rider following a perfect run in the cross country on Imperial Sky.

Sweden, who led after the two dressage rounds, fell to third,  despite a penalty-less run by Ludwig Svennerstål.

Therese Viklund, ranked first in the individual points after the dressage, picked up 12.80 penalty points in the cross country - meaning her score is not added to Sweden's overall total - and is now down to 19th overall.

Sweden are on 103.00 combined points, narrowly ahead of Italy on 103.60, while Britain are down to fifth with 119.50.

The final eventing discipline, jumping, is due to take place.

Cappoquin is the fourth of seven competitions in the 2019 FEI Eventing Nations Cup, with Sweden currently the overall leaders.