Jennifer Brannigan of Kennett Square, PA topped the podium in the CCI4*-L held during the 2022 MARS Bromont CCI on Nina Gardner’s homebred 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Twilightslastgleam (National Anthem x Royal child). Two rails in the show jumping made for a bit of a nail-biting finish, but despite the additions to their score, the pair finished just 1.4 penalties ahead of the field on a 42.2.
Referring to Twilightslastgleam and their win Brannigan said, “I am just proud of yesterday and how hard the horse always tries. I cannot ask for more.” Speaking about herself, she went on to say, "as I get older it is not always about being perfect. It is about enjoying when it goes your way.”
The top Canadian rider was Maidstone, Ontario’s Lindsay Traisnel riding Bacyrouge (Mylord Carthago x Lelia), an 11-year-old Selle Francais gelding owned by Patricia Pearce. The pair posted a final score of 43.6 for second place.
Talking about her mount Bacyrouge, Traisnel said, “We got him as a 4-year-old as a resale project and kind of sold everything else instead. This was while we were living in France. He did his first four-star last year at Bromont and was awesome. We love Bromont!”
The CCI4*-S saw Valerie Pride and her own 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding Favian (French Kiss x Risiko) added just one rail and a bit of time to retain their cross-country lead for the win. This is not Pride's first trip to Bromont, she has attended the event as both a rider and judge over the past few years.
For the win in the 3* it was Olympian, Boyd Martin, Unionville, PA, who added nothing to finish on a score of 31.9 riding Miss Lulu Herself (Stolzenfels x Noisette), a 9-year-old Hanoverian mare owned by Bonnie Stedt.
Lexington, Kentucky and Ocala, Florida-based U.S. team member, Liz Halliday-Sharp brought her A-game to Bromont to win the CCI2*-L with Laurie Cameron's 10-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding Miks Master C (Mighty Magic x Qui Lumba CBF). This is Halliday-Sharp's last stop in North America before she jets off to compete at Luhmühlen, Germany, a selection trial for the US team ahead of the FEI World Championships happening in Pratoni, Italy.
17-year-old Cassie Sanger of Lakeville, CT was the first to top the podium on Sunday morning. Adding nothing to their cross-country score, Cassie and Simon Roosevelt's 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Fernhill Zoro (Verdi x Oronia Z) won the CCI2*-L U25 on a score of 30.6.
When asked about her first experience at Bromont Sanger said “it is gorgeous. For show jumping and dressage there is definitely a lot of atmosphere. The cross-country was definitely tough and to the level, so I was paying attention the whole way around.”
The MARS Bromont CCI was held in the charming village of Bromont, Quebec, within easy driving distance of Montreal, Quebec, and Burlington, Vermont. This scenic area offers great dining, shopping, entertainment, and golf options. The Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park hosted the equestrian events of the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.
This year saw a triumphant return to competition for the event following a few years of COVID-19 restrictions and welcoming the return of both spectators and vendors. Next on the calendar will be the Little Bromont Horse Trials happening next weekend which will feature national-level competition.
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.
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In the final USEA Classic Series event of 2022, three horse and rider pairs rode their way to the top of the podium in the Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice 3-Day divisions offered during the Ram Tap Horse Park Horse Trials which took place November 18-20 in Fresno, California.
US Equestrian opened a bid process for one event to host the Advanced level in Area 3 on Week 10 for 2023-2027 due to an event cancellation. The bid process was conducted in accordance with the 2023-2027 U.S. Eventing Calendar CCI4*-L, CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, & Advanced Policies and Procedures. The USEF Eventing Strategic Calendar Review Task Force made recommendations to the USEF Eventing Sport Committee who made recommendations for final approval by the USEF Board of Directors.
Concluding the 2022 Area Championships season was the Area X Championships held during the SAzEA H.T. which took place November 19-20 in Tucson, Arizona. Three Championship divisions were offered, allowing three horse and rider pairs the opportunity to conclude their 2022 eventing season by being crowned champion!
“The highest priority must be given by instructors to developing in their riders a correct, balanced, supple, effective, and independent seat for dressage and for jumping.” - “Teaching Principles” in the new ECP Eventing Handbook by the Levels