Dynavyte International show jumper, Billy Raymont, named for WEG 2018
Sponsored rider Billy Raymont will join the Australian show jumping team in the USA next month
Billy Raymont began riding at a very early age, and he quickly developed into being one of Australia’s most successful show jumpers.
Just after Billy’s 18th birthday and as soon as the rules allowed it, John Robinson’s horse Rocky Bay gave him his first World Cup ride.
Billy initially based himself in Western Sydney with George Sanna and then in Victoria with Gavin Chester.
Billy’s first serious horse was the big and scopey thoroughbred Martian Star that he bought from racehorse trainers as an unbroken three year old and campaigned until he was sold to Korea.
Catapulted to star status in 2005, Billy won the World Cup Show Jumping League here in Australia. He was Runner up in 2010, 2011 & 2013 as well as the winner of many State and National titles including the 2011 & 2013 New Zealand National Senior Title.This winning streak has continued.
He has represented Australia on multiple National, senior and young rider teams, and has campaigned & produced world class horses, a few of these include Royal Selections, Dutch Choice, Balmoral Tim Tram, Nicalette NZPH, Stardom, Redgum Conan and Anton. Billy is currently touring the European circuit with Oaks Redwood and together they made the FEI World Cup Final in Paris (picture Thomas Reiner, Paris).
Billy believes he needs the International level of competition to attain consistency. Time spent riding in Europe has also helped him form a structured approach to how he trains his horses. He always works to get the horse relaxed, in time allowing the horse to use its neck and shoulders and then letting the jump come.
We hear from Billy:
On schoolmasters, Billy says they’re a great idea… “A lot of people now are going to Europe to buy older horses and other people wonder how they can afford to do that. But you shouldn’t need to go overseas to buy. You should learn enough from one trained horse to train your own. It is the easiest way to feel what you’re looking for. You can find what you like and train others to be the same… it’s so hard to learn to feel and it takes so long when neither you or the horse knows what they are aiming for, so at least the horse knows it.”
Besides the crucial ‘feel’ that riders must develop, the biggest thing that Billy thinks helps him, is his positive mental attitude
Billy has realised his ambition to compete at the 2018 World Equestrian Games next month in Tryon, NC, United States of America.
Billy will be making his WEG debut with the Australian show-jumping team.
“It’s fantastic, it’s been a great roller coaster ride having only had the horse (Oaks Redwood) for just over 12 months.”
“With great support from his owners, the Tucker family, we have taken one step after the other and just kept going and going.”
When Billy is not touring he makes his home at Raymont Equestrian in Cooran on the Queensland Sunshine Coast. He briefly returned to Queensland in May this year to compete at the Aquis Champions Gold Tour, on Anton, KS Digger and Companiero.
Billy Raymont was named 2017 Athlete of the Year, and Billy & Anton were Leading Jumping Horse & Rider at the Equestrian Queensland Awards.
Billy’s favourite Dynavyte products are MicroBiome Support, Prime Osseticol and Luronica.
After a huge week of WEG competition including playing an integral role in helping the Australian Jumping Team qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Billy was reflective today, as it has been reported that Oaks Redwood has been sold to Belgian, Axel Verlooy.
Verlooy has acquired this new talent for his stables whilst at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon.
The 13-year-old Oaks Redwood (Asb Conquistador x Verdi) was bred in NSW, by Alice Cameron at Oaks Sport Horses, and with Billy Raymont as pilot has had a brilliant couple of years, winning Australia’s World Cup League in 2017/2018. The combination continued on to compete at the Longines Masters in Hong Kong, the FEI World Cup Finals in Paris and then the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), having brilliant results in all events, culminating in qualifying Australia for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at WEG last week.
Australia has again proved the quality of the horses bred and campaigned here.