Australian Jumping Horses of 2018 – Oaks Redwood
Horse Name: Oaks Redwood
Stable Name: Basil
Sire: Asb Conquistador
Dam: Oaks Miss Scarlet
Breeder: Alice Cameron – Oaks Sporthorses
Owner: Owned previously by Australia’s Stephanie Tucker then sold to Jos Verlooy and most recently to Jennifer Gates (TBC)
How could we not include Oaks Redwood in our list of horses that have made 2018 such a great year of jumping? We all fell a little in love with ‘Basil‘ as he headed overseas for the first time with his rider Billy Raymont. After winning the 2017 Australian League World Cup Qualifying Series, Raymont and Basil travelled to Hong Kong where they excelled at the Longines Masters. Their highlight performance came on the opening night, in the 1.45m class against the clock, where Raymont steered Basil through a foot perfect round to finish in 4th position against the world-class field.
From Hong Kong the pair moved on to Europe where they started their campaign in the lead up to the FEI World Cup Jumping Finals.
Tackling what was arguably one of the toughest Grand Prix tracks on the circuit – Saut Hermès in Paris – this Australian bred horse and his pilot Raymont, were the first of the Aussies on the start list and had an exceptional round, unfortunately just catching a rail and finishing in 21st place of the 47 starters.
In the FEI World Cup Finals in Paris, Raymont and Basil once again proved that they could hold their own competing on the world stage, finishing in a very respectable 32nd position. On the final night, in the 1.55m Grand Prix and riding against the crème de la crème of jumping including names such as Simon Delestre, Daniel Deusser, Patrice Delaveau and Marcus Ehning, Raymont and Basil placed in a very impressive 9th .
After a few more European shows Raymont and Basil headed to the US to join the other members of the Australian Team in Tryon for the World Equestrian Games (WEG). It would have been hard to imagine this event going better for Raymont and Basil, finishing in the top 25 individually and helping the team finish in 6th position and qualifying Australia for Tokyo 2020.
Oaks Redwood was sold to Jos Verlooy after WEG and reports are coming in that he has now been sold to Bill Gates’ daughter Jennifer. Even though no longer in Australian hands, I think we will always remember this lovely horse and how he and Raymont took on the world like a couple of super stars. We wish Basil all the best for a long and happy career with his new riders.