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The fourth jumping World Cup qualifier in Australia was held at the Brisbane Royal Show last night in front of a more than 30,000 spectators who packed the stadium to see 25 jumping horses and riders strut their stuff. Jamie Kermond, 26 years old, jumped two perfectly executed rounds to win the Equestrian Queensland and Millewa Lodge Jumping World Cup qualifier riding the beautiful grey flying machine Valhalla.
Kermond won with a time penalty in each round, the runner up was Chris Chugg who jumped a sensational clear first round and added 3 time penalties in the second, riding the only 8 year old mare Diamond B Vigo, that is by Chris’ previous super star Vivant. Third was Kristy Bruhn riding Harbarty, who was left with 4 penalties over the two rounds.
Valhalla is owned by Des Russell who purchased this Quattro B stallion as a two year unbroken in Holland. This wonderful 9 year old has now added a jumping World Cup qualifier to his mantle piece – asked how he feels about this lovely horse, owner Des Russell said: “My horse is beautifully ridden by a very, very talented young rider. I have had horses for 40 years he is the nicest horse I have ever put a bridle on, he never fights me or the rider. His temperament is unquestionable everyone loves him”.
Jamie Kermond sails to a 24 point lead on the Australian rankings with 64 points from Cathy Graham on 40 as the riders head to the 5th round being held at Caboolture on Sunday. Click here for full ranking.
Source: Text from Equestrian Australia by Jenny Sheppard.
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