Update from Tom McDermott

18 April 2012

Well Sydney Royal Easter Show is over and we are back home preparing for the Showcase of Showjumping at the Polo Fields at Richmond (21 and 22 April) and the Weekend of World Cups at SIEC (28 and 29 April).

We have been planning for Sydney Show since January, planning what competitions to take the horses too and their jumping programme.   We decided to miss applying to be part of the Nations Cup Australian Team at NZ Horse of the Year Show as I could only take one horse and had another 5 horses at home to be keep fit and compete with.

First show of the year was the Snowy Mountains Showjumping Festival in Cooma during January. There were some high and lows. Highs were winning the Grand Prix on SL Limerick, Dal Santo winning the Furturity. Lows were I had a fall from Romantic Dream as I was still learning ride her, she was only sent to me to ride in mid December.

Next was Gundagai Show and Rolex won the Grand Prix and then Canberra Royal where I was Champion Showjumping Rider, all the horses jumped fantastic. Then we went to Teesdale Vic (near Geelong) for the Premier Floats Show. Rolex stayed home as he had a foot abscess but the others jumped great. We also did a few small agricultural shows taking young horses and Romantic Dream as she was still new to me and we needed to build up her confidence and we both needed to learn to trust each other.

Sydney Show was great - all the planning paid off, some of the highlights were winning Champion Showjumping Rider, Champion Jumping Horse of the Show, Champion Part 2 horse, winning the EA Cup and 1st and 3rd in the World Cup. Full list of showjumping results can be viewed here


In select a section select showjumping.

The World Cup at Sydney Show is considered a highlight of the year as we get to jump in front of the largest crowd for equestrian sports in Australia. All horses were jumping well and I was lucky enough to have 4 horses to choose from to compete in the World Cup. I trotted up all 4 horses and they all passed. We did this as we could not make up our minds who to start.

  • Rolex (Roley) had won the EA Cup and jumping out of his skin, not bad for an old boy of 17 (nearly as old as I am) years and only his third show back from an injury after Sydney Show last year
  • Statford Delight (Davey) had two 5th placings and as always was being consistent
  • SL Limerick (Ricky) always takes a few classes to warm up and was getting better through the Show and he is always brave
  • Romantic Dream (Pinky) was jumping great in Part 2 being 3rd in her first class, then a 2nd and winning the last two classes.

My pick was Roley and I said to Mum and Dad you make the choice. We knew that it would be a tough showjumping course from the German course designer Werner Deeg as his tracks had been tight for time, technical and big all week. They picked Pinky as they felt she had the perfect preparation in Part 2.

We chose to send Roley first of my horses as I would get a feel for the course on him and be able to give Pinky a good ride, hopefully. Roley jumped great with only one fence down (4 faults), everyone commented how unlucky he was just giving the rail a little rub at the second last fence. Pinky jumped a clean round. Then only the riders with 4 faults or clean rounds were invited back for the second round. We had another course walk and had to jumpoff against the clock. Roley was first out of my horses and jumped a super fast clean round. Pinky was my second ride and I knew that I had to go fast and clean if I wanted to win as Evie Buller followed me and she is always competitive and fast. Pinky was super being clean in a time of 60.00. Evie had a fence down and Pinky and I won our first World Cup together. This was my second World Cup win the other being at Gawler last year riding Davey. The first three placings and times were

  • Pinky clean 60.00 seconds
  • Evie Buller and Yalambi’s Landor 4 faults 65.13 seconds
  • Roley 4 faults 69.72 seconds.

My two young horses, Dl Santo (Fiddler) and LH Annie-Elka (Annie) jumped in Part 3 and both were great for their first Sydney Show with all the atmosphere, nose and fireworks. Annie got two 2nd placings and Fiddler a 3rd and 5th.

My plans for the winter are to train and compete with Gilbert Bockkman at Lastrup in Northern Germany. Gilly has been appointed by Equestrian Australia as International Coaching Consultant for the Jumping Team. I want to learn to ride better and learn as much as I can about educating horses, I will be staying there as a working/riding student and compete at shows. Equestrian Australia has also invited me to go and watch the selection events that the Australian showjumpers must compete at for the London Olympics. The aim of going to these is to experience international shows and the selection process. The selection events are being held at Lummen in Germany, Linz in Austria and Bourgen Bresse in France. My horses at home will have several weeks rest then will be in work ready to go when I come home. My goal for the remainder of the year will be competing successfully at the Australian Showjumping Championships to be held at Werribee VIC from 20 to 23 September and then after that the World Cup Shows.

Thank you to my wonderful sponsors Equiline, Galahad Equine, James and Son Premium Horse Feeds, Ranvet, Wentworth Saddles and Zilco. Also to my clients that I ride the horses for

  • Pinky, the Tripp Family of Duffy’s Forest
  • Annie, the Brooke’s Family from Junee Reefs
  • Roley, Carole and Gene Mason of Sutton Forest.