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The World Cup qualifier in Toowoomba, Australia, on Sunday was won by 26 year old Jamie Kermond. Kermond rode the lovely grey mare Colthaga – owned by Bob and Jacqui Cox from Melbourne – and jumped the only double clear round to win the third leg of the Australian League. Kermond, a full time trainer has been riding for as long as he can remember. Riding is in his genes, his mother a professional racehorse trainer and his father a professional jockey. Jamie represented Australia at the 2006 World Equestrian Games on a thoroughbred his mother found ‘off the track’.
A rail down at the 1.50 x 1.60m spread fence coming out of the treble and a super slick clear round in the jump-off crossing the finish line in 57.61 seconds, saw Andrew Inglis from Maroota as the runner-up riding the big Darco mare Amira. Clem Smith from Gatton in Queensland was third riding the Neville Rose bred Dark Ages. Darkie having the back rail of the 1.45 x 150m spread fence at number one to also finish with 4 penalties, jumped a faultless round two in 62.24 seconds. Warwick breeder Robert Goodwin was fourth riding the evergreen grey stallion Warrego Sandon, a rail in each round to finish with 8 penalties in a time of 58.84 seconds. National Jumping Committee Chair Vicki Roycroft from Mt White showed her experience as she guided the imported Kartoon de Breve around for a rail down in each round to finish on 8 penalties in 62.68 seconds. We will see a lot more of this son of Quidam de Revel, formerly campaigned by French champion Edouard Couperie, as it is scopey and careful.
The course was well up to international standard in size yet less demanding technically allowing the less experienced horses to learn about jumping bigger. All 22 riders had praise for the course designer; he created great sport on less than perfect footing and saw all but five horses home through the finish flags over a course more testing size wise than we have seen in Australia for some time.
Jamie Kermond now leads the Australian Jumping World Cup leader board on 44 points from Andrew Inglis on 34 points, Queenslander Billy Raymont who did not start at Toowoomba holds third on 32 points, fellow Queenslander Cathy Graham is fourth on 28 points and Vicki Roycroft jumps up to fifth on 26 points. World Cup jumping stays in Queensland for the Brisbane World Cup qualifier to be held at the Brisbane Royal (Ekka to the locals) on Wednesday 17th August.
Source: Equestrian Australia (text by Jenny Sheppard)
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