It was a picture-perfect day of dressage at the MARS EQUESTRIAN Bromont CCI Three-Day Event at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park in the rolling hills of Bromont, Quebec.
Buck Davidson (USA) riding Carlevo, a 12-year-old bay Holsteiner gelding (Caresino x Ramatuelle) owned by Carlevo LLC, took the lead in the CCI4*-L, the highest level of the weekend, with a penalty score of 27.90 following the end of dressage.
Speaking about the ride on Carlevo today, Davidson said, "He is very, very consistent. He feels great. I am really happy with both horses."
Davidson has recently come back from a fall at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event where he broke his collarbone for the fourth time. Speaking about his injury, Buck said, "Collarbones are funny, all of a sudden they just feel better."
Watch Buck Davidson and Carlevo's winning dressage test, courtesy of David Frechette:
Colleen Rutledge (USA) riding her own Covert Rights, a 13-year-old bay Thoroughbred cross gelding (BFF Incognito x Let's Get it Right) rounded out the final day of dressage, finishing the CCI3*-S in first on a score of 27.60. Rutledge was “incredibly please about his dressage today” when asked about the ride on Covert Rights.
Looking ahead to cross-country day tomorrow, Rutledge thought, “It’s a good course. It’s got a lot of questions. It’s a Derek course,” speaking of Derek di Grazia, course designer for Bromont CCI, Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics course, among others.
Saturday's exciting cross-country begins with the highest level, the CCI4*-L, at 8:30 a.m. and the action does not even slow down until after the last horse and rider combination in the CCI3*-S at about 5:00 p.m.
Entrance to the event is free for spectators and show jumping on Sunday will be live streamed through our Facebook page.
Ride times results are available at BromontCCI.com.
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.
The Charles Owen Technical Merit Award visits each of the 10 USEA Areas each year, presenting one junior and one adult amateur rider at the Training level with an award based on safe and effective cross-country riding. The Area VIII leg of the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award took place at the Cobblestone Farms Horse Trials, August 2-4, 2019. Noah Stanlaske and Michelle Weeks earned the junior and adult amateur awards, respectively.
For those that compete in a Hylofit USEA Classic Series Three-Day Event, what truly sets the competition apart from a regular horse trials is endurance day, where, in addition to cross-country, riders have the chance to experience the two roads and tracks phases and the steeplechase phase.
“We need to back up and look at the gut,” said Dr. Maureen Kelleher before diving into an explanation of the many different oral joint supplements on the market. “Digestion begins in the mouth. Salivary secretion starts to break things down as the horse chews things up and then swallows, and it ends up in the stomach. We’ve got more digestion occurring in the stomach and the small intestine, and absorption starts to occur in the small intestine and continues in the large intestine.”
The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event (FHI) will host the U.S. Equestrian CCI4*-L and CCI3*-L Fall Eventing Championships along with the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships presented by Dubarry, October 17-20 at the Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area. The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International will award $50,000 in prize money.