2019/2020 Australian League World Cup Qualifying Series
The FEI World Cup Jumping Series comprises 13 leagues across all continents.
The top placed horse and riders from each series are invited to attend the World Cup Jumping Final, which in 2020 is to be held in Las Vegas.
A full listing of the final standings and results from the 2018/19 Series can be found HERE.
The Australian World Cup 2019/20 Season:
|1||Caboolture||27 July 2019|
|2||Gatton||4 August 2019|
|3||Waratah Show – Sydney||24 August 2019|
|4||Adelaide Royal Show||5 September 2019|
|5||Melbourne Royal Show||24 September 2019|
|6||Tamworth||12 October 2019|
|7||Adelaide / AUS3DE||17 November 2019|
|8||Sale||24 November 2019|
|9||Sydney Summer Classic||7 December 2019|
|10||Boneo||26 January 2020|
|11||Boneo||2 February 2020|
After Round 9 of the Australian World Cup Qualifying Series for 2019/20, held at SIEC in Sydney on Saturday 7 December, there has once again been a change at the top of the Series leaderboard. The event saw the top 12 riders on the leaderboard entered, so as could be expected, there was some movement in the placings in the race for the title.
Chris Chugg took the win in Sydney, thereby earning the maximum number of 20 points. Since it was Chugg’s seventh event of the season and only the best six scores can be counted towards the series total, he dropped off he six he earnt in Sale to increase his score by a net 14 points from 78 to 92 and regain the lead in the race for the title, overtaking Billy Raymont.
Raymont, who entered two horses in the class on Saturday, nominated Anssioso Z as his World Cup Qualifying mount for the day in a move which backfired for him. Normally Raymont nominates Anton as his World Cup entry, but after he had a fall on Anssioso Z and finished in fourth on Anton, he scores no points for this round, however, remains in second place. He is now only four points ahead of third placed Tom McDermott, who picked up 13 points (but netted 8) for finishing fifth.
Having picked up solid points in the last five rounds, Jamie Kermond, who scored 12 in Sydney is just a further six points back in fourth with 74.
The big improvers of the round were Katie Laurie, who moved from seventh to fifth following her third placing worth 15 points, and Queensland rider Olivia Hamood, who, competing in only her third World Cup qualifier of the season, finished second with the resulting 17 points moving her from twenty-second to a share of twelfth on 33 points.
There are only two rounds remaining, both to be held in Boneo Park in late January and early February next year. With just a maximum of 40 points available for any single rider to pick up in these two rounds, only the top seven riders on the leaderboard are within that margin from the lead and now have a chance of winning. Last season Billy Raymont won both of the last two rounds of the season, so anything is possible, however with an eight point lead at the moment, Chris Chugg is going to be hard to beat.
The unofficial standings after Round 9 are as follows:
|FEI ID||RIDER||No. of rounds||Points||Rank|
The tenth round of the season will be held at Boneo Park on 26 January next year.
Horse Rankings as at 7th December 2019
For Horse Rankings after Round 9 click HERE
Completed Events for 2019/2020
Russell Johnstone and Daprice. Photography Credit Michelle Terlato
Chris Chugg and PSS Levilensky – Photo credit Oz Shotz
Tom McDermott and Alpha Activity. Photo Credit Julie Wilson
Tom McDermott and Elegance de la Charmille. Photo credit: Lisa Gordon
Clay Simmonds on Oaks Castanza. Photo: OZ Shotz Photography