Jessica Manson entered the show jumping arena in Adelaide with plenty of pressure. She had a rail in hand, but the rails were flying all day and just three pairs had gone clear or had just one rail down. Second placed Megan Jones and Kirby Park Allofasudden had just laid down a double clear round to put the pressure on the 22-year-old to finish the job.
She had no need for her rail in hand, though, as she jumped a clear round to take home her first CCI4* win aboard Legal Star, her Australian Stock Horse. Jessica had three rails down last year at this event, so she knew that this was the time to rise to the occasion.
Megan Jones and Kirby Park Allofasudden finished on a final score of 70.7 in second, well ahead of third placed Soigne Jackson and Gold. Katja Weimann and BP Cosmopolitan were the owners of the only other double clear round, finishing in fifth place. Katja jumped all the way up from ninth place after cross country with her double clear round to improve upon her 10th place finish here last year.
It was a great eventing weekend Down Under, and it was great to see so many newcomers to the level out competing for the first time. Congratulations to Jessica on her big win – we can’t wait to see more from this talented pair.
Go Eventing Down Under!