Beijing silver medallist Megan Jones together with Flowervale Maserati has maintained the lead in the CCI3* after today’s cross country phase, with clear jumps and 2.8 time fault enough for her to stay on top of the ladder.
The impressive ride from Jones has put her on 41.60, just over a rail ahead of Victoria’s Will Enginzer and Ruban Son (45.80) and Katja Weimann and BP Flamboyant (46.00). With Olympian Sonja Johnson and Belfast Mojito sitting just outside the top three on 47.60, tomorrow’s final jumping phase is shaping up for a tough battle.
Jones admitted while today’s course was good to ride, she really had to work hard.
“I don’t think I’ve worked that hard in years,” said Jones. “It was just about us (CP Qualified) getting used to working together.”
Not only was Jones busy riding, she also took time out to meet Be the Influence competition winner Nicole Harley and her sister Melinda, who won the online competition. Jones, who is the equestrian ambassador for the Be the Influence, tackling binge drinking campaign, is active in helping promote the dangers of binge drinking among young people. Be the Influence are a proud sponsor of the Melbourne International 3DE.
Today’s competition saw thousands of people line the cross country course and make the most of the sunshine, with Werribee producing a stunning backdrop to the event that celebrates 56 years.
The event is set to come to a gripping conclusion tomorrow as riders will look to produce a strong round in jumping to clinch victory in the CCI3*, CCI2* CCI1* and CCIJ*.
For all the highlights and results from today’s competition – see the official event website.