Jamie Kermond wins the 2011 World Cup Series – Australian League

Winner of the 2011 World Cup series in Australia, Jamie Kermond
2011 Summer Classic – World Cup qualifier
Photograph:Franz Venhaus

Nicola Turner, Tuesday, 20 December 2011

The 2011 World Cup – Australian League winner was Jamie Kermond. – who was so far ahead on points he did not need to compete in the final competition at the Summer Classic in Sydney. Jamie will head overseas in January, firstly to the USA and then Europe in his bid for the London Olympic Games.

Sydney-based Jamie Kermond currently had an unassailable lead on the Australian League World Cup point-score following an impressive season.

His World Cup results included winning at the Toowoomba, Brisbane Royal and Melbourne Royal competitions, finishing second at Adelaide Royal and Sale and third at Sydney Royal and Gawler.

Whilst he did not compete in the final round his series win was formalised at the Summer Classic following the final competition of the series. As series winner Kermond has earned the right to represent Australia at the 2011/12 FEI World Cup Jumping Final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands in April 2012.

Kermond plans to head to America in early 2012 with two horses (Colthaga and Valhalla) to compete in Palm Beach Florida for three months then go to Europe to ride at the World Cup Final and the Olympic selection events.

Colthaga is a 10-year-old grey Holsteiner mare by Colman out of Konstanza V11 (Barnaul)  owned by Jacqueline Cox. Valhalla 3 is a 9-year-old grey KWPN stallion by Quattro out of Ultraviolet (Clinton). Valhalla is owned by Des Russell of Victoria.

“I plan to ride Valhalla in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and most likely Colthaga in the Olympic selection events,” explained Kermond.

Jamie is no stranger to international competition having represented Australia at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen. At just 20 years-of-age he rode his then thoroughbred gelding Stylish King.

Originally from Warrnambool in Victoria, Jamie is now based at ‘Yandoo Park’ Ebenezer with his horses.

Colthaga is the horse I am campaigning for the Olympics. She has been going really well in all the important classes, but Valhalla is right up there too. He’s a really good back up horse,” says Jamie.

“To make and Olympic Team would be a dream,” added Jamie.

In second place was Queensland’s Billy Raymont who poloished off his season with a win at the Summer Classic  on  Ocean Beach NZPH. Tim Clarke (Vic) claimed third place.

The horse that won “Golden Grand”  – $1000 bonus money for winning the most points of the season was Coltango ridden by Tim Clarke.

Congratulations to Jamie for an outstanding season.

 Full World Cup results

 Standings for the Golden Grand (leading horse)

  1. Caltango was ridden by Tim Clarke (50)
  2. Colthaga by Jamie Kermond (48)

=3. Stardom by Billy Raymont (43)

=3. Valhalla by Jamie Kermond (43)