The MARS EQUESTRIAN Bromont CCI Three-Day Event saw another stellar day of top-level competition in the Eastern Townships of Quebec at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park.
When the dust settled on cross-country day for the top class, the CCI4*-L, it was Boyd Martin in first and second. Martin's first to go, On Cue, a 14-year-old Selle Francais mare (Cabri de Elle x On High) owned by Christine Turner added just 1.6 time penalties to finish the day with a score of 32.30 and hold on to her second place position. Martin's second mount, Ray Price, was in fourth heading into cross-country, but took over the top spot with one of only two double clear rounds. Ray Price, an 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Raise A Stanza x Fair Fiona W), owned by the Ray Price Syndicate sits just 0.10 points ahead of his stablemate.
Martin said of Ray Price “He’s a lightning fast horse. He’s a work in progress. He’s obviously a favorite of mine as I bred him in Australia and rode his mother and grandmother.”
Speaking about preparation for coming to Bromont CCI Martin said: “He did not give me the best feel at Jersey [Fresh CCI] and my coach, Phillip Dutton, gave me three or four good cross-country schooling sessions and it made an incredible difference.”
Watch some of Martin's cross-country thanks to David Frechette:
Fifteen of the 24 starters ran into trouble on Derek di Grazia's cross-country course, but all the riders and horses are reported to have walked away safely.
Dressage leader in the CCI3*-L U25 section, Alyssa Phillips, added just 1.6 time penalties to finish cross-country on a score of 27.3 with Oskar. This allows her one rail going into Sunday jumping ahead of Alexandra Baugh and Ballingowan Pizazz who sit in second with a score of 33.2.
Phillips, who is originally from Texas, rides with Coatesville, Pennsylvania based top rider, Jennie Brannigan. Oskar, is a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Coriando x Nicole) owned by the rider and Julie Phillips.
Of the cross-country, Phillips said, "It went really well, I'd had a lot of input from the other girls on the team and you know Leslie had told me some things."
The Leslie that Phillips was referring to is Leslie Law who is coaching her team at Bromont as part of USEF/USET Foundation North American Futures Team Challenge.
Team Erik Duvander took over the lead today on a score of 89.5 while Team Leslie Law sits in second on 114.2
Alexandra Knowles and Business Class - 28.7 (2nd - CCI3*-L)
Kimmy Cecere and Landmark's Monaco - 32.1 (3rdT - CCI3*-L)
Sydney Elliott and QC Diamantaire - 32.1 (3rdT - CCI3*-L)
Kylie Lyman and Xuanatu - Eliminated (CCI3*-L)
Alyssa Phillips and Oskar - 27.3 (1st - CCI3*-L U25)
Alexandra Baugh and Ballingowan Pizazz - 33.2 (2nd - CCI3*-L U25)
Mallory Hogan and Clarissa Purisima - 53.7 (16th - CCI3*-L U25)
Cosby Green and Highly Suspicious - Eliminated (CCI3*-L U25)
Vermont's Kylie Lyman and the 12-year-old bay Irish Sport Horse gelding, Da Vinci Code (Master Imp x Clovers Appollo) owned by Joan Nichols added nothing to their dressage score of 28.30, rising to the top in the CCI3*-L when the overnight leader, Elinor O'Neal and Zick Zack picked up some time penalties.
Sondra Shantz of Napanee, Ontario riding her own 9-year-old Canadian Sport Horse mare Unique (Fuhler x Abydos Maya) added nothing to move up one spot to lead the CCI2*-L field of competitors. Shantz bought Unique as a 2-year-old and has brought her up the levels.
Maintaining his lead and adding zero cross-country penalties in the CCI2*-L U25 section, Michael Pendleton and Boyd Martin and Stephen Blauner’s 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse, Carlsburg (Puissance x Flame and Passion) sit on a 30.30 going into Sunday morning.
Last to go today was the CCI3*-S, another great round for Boyd Martin who incurred just 2.4 time penalties riding his own and Windurra, LLC's 10-year old Thoroughbred gelding, Barry.
The schedule for tomorrow starts with horse inspection at 8:00 a.m. followed by show jumping beginning at 9:30 a.m. The horse inspection and the show jumping will go in the same division order as below.
Entrance to the event is free for spectators and show jumping on Sunday will be live streamed through the Bromont Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BromontCCI/
The 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.
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 CCI4*-L, CCI3*-L, CCI2*-L, CCI3*-S, CCI2*-L-U25, and CCI3*-L-U25 divisions. Bromont stands alone as the only venue in Canada which offers a CCI4*-L level competition.
MARS EQUESTRIAN™, a sponsorship division within MARS INCORPORATED, is the link between the iconic brand and the equestrian community. For generations, MARS has celebrated a rich equestrian heritage, and through purposeful partnerships, MARS EQUESTRIAN is committed to the sport and building an enduring legacy. From world-class competitions across all equestrian disciplines to stewarding the power of horses on society and sustainability, MARS EQUESTRIAN is dedicated to the purpose of improving the lives of horses, pets, and the people who love them. MARS EQUESTRIAN is proud to support the Bromont CCI Three-Day Event.
US Equestrian has announced the nomination of the following athlete-and-horse combinations to the U.S. Eventing Team, as well as the Reserves for the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. Three direct reserve horses have also been named. A direct reserve horse would be an automatic replacement should the original horse on which an athlete was named need to be substituted.
A combination that can be found on almost every cross-country course starting at the Novice level is the coffin combination. As the levels go up, so does the difficulty of the coffin question. The distances become shorter, coffins become bigger, and the terrain becomes steeper - even the name itself sounds intimidating.
The dressage test is the first of the three phases in eventing. Intended to demonstrate "the harmonious development of the physique and ability of the horse," the dressage test contains a prescribed list of movements to be carried out in front of a judge, or judges, and which is then given a penalty score that horse and rider carry through to the end of the competition.
On Sunday, June 16, Molly Sullivan and Kate Swain were named the two winners of the Charles Owen Technical Merit award for Area IX at Golden Spike Horse Trials.