18 year old Tom McDermott won his second career jumping World Cup qualifier on Wednesday evening at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Tom who does not turn 19 until September is the youngest rider in the world to have won two world cup qualifiers. Tom won his first qualifier in August 2011 at Gawler in South Australia just prior to his 18th birthday. Riding the imported grey mare CP Romantic Dream Tom was the last rider into the arena from the 23 starters in the first round jumping an effortless clear round. McDermott followed this with a fast clear round in the second round against the clock – stopping the clock on 60 seconds saying to the rest of the field ‘catch me if you can’ – that was never going to happen.
German Official International course designer Werner Deeg set a 1.40 to 1.50m track including a double and treble combination, 12 numbered fences for 15 jumping efforts. Although the course was soft in size and technicality it caused faults at every one of the 15 fences, 42 rails falling in total. Five rails down at fence number 1 a 1.43m vertical, then five rails at 5a a 1.46m vertical into the one stride double. Fence 6 the 1.50m ‘brinkmann’ oxer hit the floor five times and the 1.50m vertical at fence 7 saw faults six times.
Four horses jumped clear in round one, McDermott plus Billy Raymont’s two horses Stardom and Ocean Beach NZPH and 18 year old Evie Buller riding her super partner Yalambi’s Landor. Ten horses started in the seeded second timed round, the clears, five on 4 penalties and one on 8 penalties. Just three jumped clear including Tom, Sharon Slater riding CP Ulixes and Tom again riding CP Rolex and CP Romantic Dream. The second round although a little bigger was not at all technical and looked as though the horses should cruise around yet 17 fences fell from seven starters – the rails came down at every fence other than the vertical at 5b. A ‘cringe’ could be detected on Werner Deeg’s face!
Evie Buller a sensational second in her first jumping world cup qualifier, a rail down in the second round to finish on 4 penalties in 65.13 seconds. McDermott third riding CP Rolex on 4 penalties in 69.72 seconds, Billy Raymont fourth riding Stardom on 4 penalties, Sharon Slater fifth riding CP Ulixes also on 4 penalties. Paul Brent riding Animate was sixth on 12 penalties, then Billy riding Ocean Beach NZPH on 16 penalties, Bridget Hansen 8th, Chris Chugg 9th and New Zealand Rider of the Year Katie McVean 10th all three on 20 penalties. Deeg set a taller second round with verticals up to 1.55m, rails again dropping all around the track.
Eighteen year old Mc Dermott has had a meteoric rise to fame, he started competing in jumping classes as a 12 year old - just six years ago. He lives at home on a small 10 acre property on the outskirts of Wagga Wagga where Tom helps his family run the Shrimpton Lodge Performance & Racing Stables. Tom aims to follow in his father’s (Greg) footsteps and represent Australian at the Olympic Games. Greg McDermott represented Australia at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul riding a horse called Mr Shrimpton.
The prize giving ceremony following the Sydney Royal World Cup qualifier saw Tom also winning the trophy for the most successful jumping horse at the 2012 show with CP Romantic Dream and was crowned the leading jumping rider of the show for the second year running. Tom is one of Australia brightest young equestrian talents. Evie Buller’s Yalambi’s Landor was the leading young horse of the show winning the Julie Wilson Photography trophy for the best performed young horse in jumping classes. Evie Buller heads to the second Australian World Cup Qualifier, the Greater Sydney World Cup at the top of the leader board on 20 points just ahead of McDermott on 17 points who placed third on his nominated World Cup qualifying horse. Congratulations to Australia’s youngest jumping star’s Tom and Evie.
Full Results: Sydney Royal Easter Show Grand Prix Sweepstakes World Cup Qualifier:
1 TRIPP FAMILY & THOMAS MC DERMOTT CP ROMANTIC DREAM
2 MISS EVIE BULLER YALAMBI'S LANDOR
3 MC DERMOTT FAMILY & MRS CAROLE MASON CP ROLEX
4 MR BILLY RAYMONT STARDOM
5 MRS SHARON SLATER PITT TOWN CP ULIXES
6 MR PAUL BRENT ANIMATE
7 MR BILLY RAYMONT OCEAN BEACH NZPH
8 MISS BRIDGET HANSEN NICALETTE NZPH
9 DIAMOND B FARM PTY LTD ALONDRA
10 MISS KATIE MC VEAN DUNSTAN DAFFODIL
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