Leo Degas Leads CIC3*
Sarah Young and Leo Degas have the early lead in the CIC3* eventing at the end of the dressage phase.
The Tokoroa combination sit on 46.9 penalty points, with Jackson Bovill (Hamilton) aboard Visionnaire in second on 47.3 and Samantha Felton (Cambridge) on Ricker Ridge Pico Boo in third on 47.6.
Young was very pleased with the efforts of her 13-year-old, particularly as it is their first “proper” 3* together.
“He is normally pretty consistent on the flat,” she said. “I had a bit of a brain fade and made a course error but he is so cool and doesn’t get upset by much.”
Young has had the horse for three years. Dressage is his forte and she says the next two days will be “tough, but he is a good jumper”.
“He always gets me home safe and we’ll just try and go as fast as possible.”
The 37-strong CIC2* is being led by Bundy Philpott (Cambridge) and Tresca NZPH who sit on 40.6 penalty points at the end of the dressage. Kimberley Rear (Kerikeri) and Delta Legacy are in second on 45 with Donna Edwards-Smith (Te Kauwhata) on DSE Cluny in third on 47.8.
The showjumping phase is on Friday followed by the cross country on Saturday morning.