Some of the best horse and rider combinations from across North America made their was down the center line today at the Bromont CIC Three-Day Event and leaders for all six divisions going in to show jumping had excellent dressage tests, but one combination stood out from the rest.
Marilyn Little (USA), who is here as part of the final U.S. Team Mandatory Outing ahead of the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina next month, had a fabulous test on RF Scandalous (Carry Gold x Richardia), the 13-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by Jacqueline Mars with Phoebe and Michael Manders.
How fabulous you ask? EquiRatings confirmed to us that Little and Kitty’s score of 19.90 (29.90 in former scoring method) is the second best three-star dressage score in North America this decade, bested only by Phillip Dutton and Mystery Whisper's score of 18.60 (27.90 in former scoring method) at the Red Hills CIC3* in 2012.
Little had nothing but praise for her mount saying of Kitty "she just comes out with her briefcase every day, she is just so ready to work. We are seeing a level of relaxation that we have never achieved before."
Certainly one to watch this weekend as when Little last rode at Bromont in 2015, she won both on RF Demeter in the CCI3* and RF Overdressed in the CCI2*.
Ireland’s Michael Nolan leads in the CIC1* U25 with a score of 27.80 on the 6-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Bad Moon Rising owned by Kara Andrew.
In the CIC1*, a score of 23.40 following dressage gives Matthew Brown (USA) riding Anna Honeycutt’s Fernhill Chico the lead going into Saturday morning show jumping.
Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti. Cealy Tetley Photo.
The CIC2* saw two excellent dressage tests from Canadian Team Member, Jessica Phoenix on Pavarotti and Bentleys Best in to first and second respectively.
Amanda Beale Clement (USA) and BE Kilgoric Felix lead the Training Young Rider division with a score of 26.90.
Open Training which was the final of the levels to finish up dressage and the only ones to compete in the light rain that arrived this afternoon saw Lauren Kieffer (USA) and Get Gaudi rise to the occasion on a score of 22.10.
Show Jumping begins tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. with Phillip Dutton (USA) going first in the CIC3* on Z over a Marc Donovan-designed course.
Bromont CIC takes place near the charming village of Bromont, which is 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, 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 Bromont CIC 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.
Links to results and start times are available at https://bromontcci.com
Eventing at NC State was founded in 2016 and we currently have 18 undergraduate members as well as a supportive group of alumni riders. We are proud to be the first intercollegiate team in North Carolina located at the heart of the 1862 Land Grant Institution, NC State University. We have riders just beginning their eventing careers as well as those that are seasoned competitors, competing from Maiden through Training level.
Yesterday Andreas Dibowski said that he was ready for the “fun stuff” and today he had the chance to share his knowledge of both show jumping and cross-country to a large audience who attended day two of the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium. The morning started out in the ring at Barnstaple South with three groups of riders – Beginner Novice, Training, and Preliminary, and three groups of the same levels took to the cross-country in the afternoon. While the exercises and jumps got progressively harder throughout the day, the warm-ups and themes stayed the same.
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The USEA Educational Symposium is a unique opportunity each winter for eventers to gather together to soak in knowledge. The first two days of the 2020 Symposium focus on the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) with attendees learning how to be better, more effective instructors. German Olympian and world-renowned rider Andreas Dibowski is this year’s guest instructor and he spent the first day dedicated to dressage with one Advanced show jumping group to wrap-up the day. Dibowski taught the instructors to teach using demo riders and horses from Beginner Novice to Advanced of all ages, breeds, and sizes.