Plenty of Vision from Bovill
A lovely clear showjumping round has seen Jackson Bovill and Visonnaire move into the lead in the FEI CIC3* eventing.
The Matangi combination sit in the box seat on 47.3 penalty points going into the final round tomorrow (Saturday), the John Nicholson-designed cross country.
“I am very happy,” said Bovill. “I just love my horse.”
Overnight leader Sarah Young (Tokoroa) and Leo Degas have slipped to fourth place after dropping a rail, to sit on 50.9. Samantha Felton (Cambridge) had three clears from her three horses, with Ricker Ridge Pico Boo in second on 47.6, and Ashleigh McKinstry (Owhango) on Pioneer Brass Monkey in third on 49.6.
Twenty-year-old Bovill posted a personal best in the dressage and was rapt with the efforts of his mare, and he is looking forward to the cross country.
“It is quite an attacking course,” he said. “It’s got bold lines and is well built. I’ll be sticking to my game plan and ride it as best I can.”
He’s picking the last combination in the cross country course as the toughest.
“It’s quite unexpected to have that at the end.”
This is the combination’s fourth 3* run. “She is pretty good across all three phases,” he said.
Bovill is studying marketing and PR at university while Visonnaire remains based with trainer Clarke Johnstone.
Bundy Philpott (Cambridge) and Tresca NZPH held on to their lead in the CIC2*, and sit on 40.6, with Donna Edwards-Smith (Te Kauwhata) and DSE Cluny moving up to second in 47.8 and Jessica Woods (Ohaupo) aboard Just de Manzana also moving up a slot for third.