World champion eventer Bounce dies at 30

Vaughn Jefferis and Bounce.
Vaughn Jefferis and Bounce.

World Champion eventer Bounce has died in New Zealand at the age of 30.

Bounce, who was ridden by Vaughn Jefferis, won the individual World Championship at The Hague in 1994, and was in the winning New Zealand team at the World Championships in Rome in 1998. He was also in the bronze medal winning team at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Bounce, an unraced New Zealand-bred thoroughbred, was named European Eventing Horse of the Year in 1998. He had an enviable Badminton record, finishing second, third, fifth and 10th in four starts over five years from 1994 to 1998.

Bred by WM Harwood by the stallion Mr Lee (Le Filou x Marion Belle) and out of Western Note (Great Western x Notable), he was bought by Vicki Glynn as an unbroken youngster. Bounce’s registered name was Mr Walter – thus his paddock name was Walter.

“There was always something special about him,” Glynn said.

“When I kept getting Bounce’d off him I sold him to my then housemate, Jen Buchanan, who developed his talents beautifully. Thank you Bounce, for some amazing memories.”

Jefferis bought Bounce in 1994. Their last international event was at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, and in their final competition later that year they won the three-star individual eventing title at Puhinui. Bounce was 18.

Jefferis was a finalist in the Halberg Awards Sportsman of the Year category in 1994 and a team finalist in 1996. In 1998 the New Zealand team, including Jefferis, won the Halberg Award for Team of the Year.

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