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|
What an incredibly exciting Australian World Cup Qualifying Series this has been! The lead has changed hands a few times and the competition has been exceptional, with strong performances from our top riders.
The second last round for 2019/20, was held at Boneo Park last Sunday and with only one round remaining, Chris Chugg has one hand firmly on the title. Chugg, who finished fifth on Sunday, scored nine points, however as only the best six rounds contribute to the series total, he dropped the seven points earned at the Melbourne Royal round to advance his cause by just two points to 94. He leads the series by a margin of nine points.*
The big mover of the weekend was Jamie Kermond who took out the round, earning the maximum 17 points, however, dropping a Gatton score of six netted him 11 points which was enough to take him into second place on 85.
Holding down third place is Billy Raymont, who despite earning seven points on the weekend for finishing seventh, was unable to advance his overall point score as seven points was not among his best six rounds to date. Tom McDermott, dropped from third to fourth as his ten points earned only netted him a single point to advance to a total of 81. This took McDermott out of the title race for 2019/2020. The rest of the field are led by Russell Johnstone and Katie Laurie who share fifth place back on 62 points.
Currently, there are 22 combinations entered for this Sunday’s final qualifying round which means that the maximum 20 points will be awarded to first place, giving both Kermond and Raymont a mathematical chance of snatching the title. If either of these were to take out the round, they would net 11 and 12 points respectively, taking either of them to a total of 96, which would place them just two points ahead of Chugg. To take the title, Chugg will need to net just three points from the round and with a drop score of nine, he will need to score 12 points on Sunday to take the title.
In summary (based on our unofficial calculations), assuming that at least 20 combinations start in Sunday’s final round, for each of the top three to win the series, the following needs to happen:
Chris Chugg: Needs to finish in the top 4 to take the title.
Jamie Kermond: Needs to win the round and have Chris Chugg finish fifth or worse.
Billy Raymont: Needs to win the round and have Chris Chugg finish fifth or worse.
So no doubt, it will be a battle on Sunday afternoon between all these top competitors. We will be ring-side to watch and report on all the action and when the dust settles on Sunday evening we look forward to reporting on the final round of what has been an absolutely fascinating season.
The unofficial standings after Round 10 are as follows:
|FEI ID||RIDER||No. of rounds||Points||Rank|
We look forward to the final event!
Horse Rankings as at 26th January 2019
For Horse Rankings after Round 10 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