The Spirit of Bounce Lives On

The Spirit of Bounce Lives On

Happy winners . . . Vaughn Jefferis and Bounce’s longtime groom Jo Osbourne with 2014 CIC3* winner Clarke Johnstone who won the inaugural Bounce Trophy in honour of
Jefferis’ very special horse. Photo: Libby Law Photography

Who will win this very special trophy this year?
Last year former Olympian and world champ Vaughn Jefferis donated the trophy in honour of his special little horse.
Fittingly, Clarke Johnstone who has been coached by Jefferis for years, won the CIC3*
and the trophy last year. By his own admission, he had spent the two months before
Kihikihi dreaming of winning it.
The trophy was Bounce’s 1994 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Trophy for finishing third.
He died at 31 in 2013 with an impressive list of accomplishments, including winning the
national one and three day championships in New Zealand before bursting onto the world stage to finish third at their first Badminton. They then headed to The Hague where they
won the individual title at the 1994 World Championships.
Bounce and Jefferis did three more Badminton events, for a second, fifth and 10th in 1996, 1997 and 1998. In 1996 they were part of the bronze medal-winning team at the Atlanta Olympics, and in 1998 the gold medal-winning team at the World Champs in Rome. The same year he was named European Eventing Horse of the Year.
Together they competed in European Championships and Trans Tasman events – winning accolades the world over.
Their last international outing was the Sydney Olympics in 2000, and at 18 years old Bounce did his final three star at the Puhinui Three Day Event going out in style with back to back victories.


Date Added: Saturday, 4th April 2015