The final day of competition at the 2017 PEDIGREE® Bromont CCI Three-Day Event, The Todd Sandler Challenge began with the inspection of 78 horses with just one, Fuzion ridden by Matt Kidney in the CCI* not being accepted but being withdrawn in the hold.
Show jumping, which is the final test for horse and rider in the competition, went over courses designed by Marc Donovan of Whispering Pines, N.C.
Jordan Linstedt, staying out in front from start to finish, adding just 1.60 penalties on cross-country and 11 more penalties in the show jumping to win the CCI3* on a final penalty score of 55.80 with her and Barbara Linstedt's 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding Revitavet Capato (Contendro x Annabelle).
Even though Linstedt who hails from Redmond, Washington says "it wasn't maybe the most perfect day" she does not hesitate in saying that "Capato is absolutely incredible". "It was fun to watch" Jessica Phoenix, the top Canadian rider, remarked on Linstedt and Capato's round.
Sara Kozumplik Murphy rose all the way from 10th to second with the only clear jumping round of the CCI3*. Riding the 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding, Ruben D'Ysieux (Balougran x Orenda D'ysieux) the pair finished just 3.3 points behind the winners. Kylie Lyman and Lup the Loop, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Lupicor x Hogans Lass) owned by Joan Nichols, had two rails down, but still held on to their overnight third place finish.
Boyd Martin and On Cue, winners of the CIC2*. Cealy Tetley Photo.
One rider who was constantly on the go this weekend with not just one but 6 horses was Olympian, Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Penn. Riding On Cue, a 12-year-old Selle Francais mare (Cabri de Elle x On High), owned by Christine Turner. Martin won the CIC2* on his dressage score of 42.70. When describing his weekend said "It has been an awesome weekend. This is by far one of the best three day events in North America." Speaking of the cross-country course designer, Martin said "Derek di Grazia builds a wicked awesome track!"
Allison Springer and Lord Willing, winners of the CCI2*. Cealy Tetley Photo.
Allison Springer of Upperville, Va, and Lord Willing, a 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Lord Z x Legende IX) completed their final phase of competition with 4 penalties to give them a score of 46.20 to win the CCI2*. This was just 0.70 ahead of William Coleman riding the 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Off The Record (VDL Arkansas x Drumagoland Bay) owned by the Off The Record Syndicate. A double clear show jump round secured Bobby Meyerhoff and Rascal Rap, Diane Kearney's 9-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Rapture R x Chanse) the third place spot.
Springer as the winner of the CCI2* division received the traditional cooler provided by Sandridge Saddlery and the Eaman Perpetual Trophy, a beautiful bronze donated by Debbie and Skip Eaman, long time supporters and dedicated friends of the Bromont CCI.
Rachel Wilks and Great Expectations, winners of the CCI*. Cealy Tetley Photo.
In the CCI*, Rachel Wilks and Great Expectations, her own 8-year-old Irish bred gelding (Cobra x Cusheen Beauty) took the red ribbon over the cross-country leader, Kelli Temple on Metallica, Kara Angulo's 7-year-old Holsteiner mare (Cancara x Ulysses) who had three rails down show jumping. Wilks who is based in Summit Point, W.V. and works with Sharon White recieved the Law Family Perpetual Trophy, first given to Alan Law's grandfather for having won the Montreal Hunt Steeplechase. Third place went to Holly Payne Caravella and the CharmKing LLC's CharmKing, a 6-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Cassito x O-Heraldika).
At the conclusion of the CCI* the Ledger Family Award was presented in the main arena. Offered by Dr. Gaby Ledger and her family to the top amateur rider in the CCI* division. To be eligible for this award, a rider needs to have a full-time job outside the equestrian world and face the ultimate challenge of balancing their professional responsibilities with the love of eventing. The winner of the Ledger Family Award for 2017 was Mr. Bruce Lamb riding Gamble from London, Ontario, President and CEO of Avalanche Search Marketing by day and devoted eventer by night.
In all divisions the Stuart Horne Canadian Championship Award was presented today to the top Canadian rider and reserve rider in each division. This award is generously spnsored by Bridget Coleman in memory of her father Stuart Horne.
Reserve: Bradley Champagne riding Wallaroo
Champion Jessica Ruppel riding Hippique Abu
Reserve Waylon Roberts riding Lancaster
Champion: Shelby Brost riding Crimson
Reserve Alexis Murray riding My Principal
Champion: Colleen Loach riding Qorry Blue D’argouges
Champion: Jessica Phoenix riding Bogue Sound
About Bromont CCI
Bromont CCI, which has featured top competition for three decades, will be welcoming some of the best horse-and-rider combinations from all over North America in CCI*, CCI2*, CIC2* and CCI3* divisions. Bromont stands alone as the only venue in Canada which offers a CCI3*-level competition.
The Bromont Organizing Committee is thrilled to welcome the makers of PEDIGREE® as its new title sponsor, as well as major sponsors including the MARS® Bar and BUCKEYE® Nutrition.
Bromont CCI3* takes place near the charming village of Bromont, which is within easy driving distance of Montreal, Quebec and Burlington, Vt. This scenic area offers great dining, shopping, entertainment, and golf options. The Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, which hosted the equestrian events of the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, has in recent years undergone massive upgrades and is considered one of the best in North America.
The PEDIGREE® Bromont CCI3* Three Day Event is proud to host The Todd Sandler Challenge in memory of an aspiring young event rider, Todd Sandler, who died tragically in a car accident while returning home from grooming and lending a helping hand to fellow Canadians at the 1999 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.
For more information about this annual event visit BromontCCI.com or contact Robert Martineau at [email protected].
The PEDIGREE® Bromont CCI Three Day Event is made possible in part through a contribution from the Government of Canada. The Bromont organizing committee also wishes to thank the Gouvernement du Québec, Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement Supérieur and the City of Bromont for their support of this year’s event.