The 2019 MARS EQUESTRIAN Bromont CCI Three-Day Event begins this afternoon with the first horse inspection at 3:00 p.m. Over 150 horses and riders are entered in Canada’s top-level competition which takes place at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Center in Quebec, Canada. Bromont was originally built in 1965 by Roland Désourdy as a private club for his friends and the Montreal Hunt Club. It won the bid to be the location for the equestrian events at the 1976 Montreal Olympics and has been hosting equestrian events ever since.
26 horses are entered in the feature class, the CCI4*-L, which is the largest number of starters since 2010.
Bromont is also offering five other classes with the CCI3*-S having the biggest share of entries – 38. The CCI3*-L will see 25 competitors and the CCI2*-L will have 27.
There are two Under 25 divisions – one at the CCI3*-L level (25 entries) and one at the CCI2*-L (16 entries)
Thirty percent of the horses entered in the CCI4*-L are contesting their first event at the level: I Bella, Michel 233, FE Always in Time, Fernhill Limited Edition, Morswood, On Cue, Oscar’s Wild, and Buccaneer.
Brandon McMechan (CAN) is the sole rider competing in his first CCI4*-L. He is riding his own 10-year-old Canadian Thoroughbred gelding, Oscar's Wild, (Whiskey Wisdom x Rax) who earned $1,582 in four starts on the track before starting his eventing career.
Katherine Coleman’s 10-year-old German Sport Horse gelding, Monte Classico (Monte Bellini x W-Sally) is coming off winning CCI4*-L form having won his debut at the level last November at the Ocala Jockey Club.
At just 8 years old, FE Always in Time, is the youngest entry in the field. The Trakehner gelding (Chateauneuf x Asta VI), who is owned and ridden by Clayton Fredericks, just did his first Advanced in February.
Buck Davidson has three rides entered in the CCI4*-L. Both Copper Beach and Jak My Style are rerouting from the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event as Davidson had to withdraw them after falling from Park Trader and breaking his collarbone. His third ride is the now-experienced CCI4*-L mount, Carlevo.
Cornelia Dorr and Sir Patico MH, her own 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Sempatico M x Queen’s Lite xx), are the only pair returning from last year’s CCI3* (now CCI4*-L) where they finished in 12th
Several of the 2018 CCI2* (now CCI3*-L) competitors are returning to Bromont to step up a level including Daniel Clasing and MW Gangster’s Game who finished in seventh place last year.
The President of the Ground Jury for the CCI4*-L is Marilyn Payne and she will be joined by Sandor Fulop (HUN) and Gretchen Butts.
The Technical Delegate is Philip Surl (GBR) who will be assisted by Ricardo Perez Conde (MEX) and Peggy Hambly (CAN).
Derek di Grazia is designing all levels of the cross-country while Marc Donovan is the designer for the show jumping.
The Future is Bright at Bromont
The second US Equestrian/USET Foundation North American Futures Team Challenge will be taking place at Bromont in addition to the events own Rising Program. The two teams are:
Team Erik Duvander: Kimmy Cecere/Landmark's Monaco; Sydney Conley Elliott/QC Diamantaire; Allie Knowles/Business Class; Kylie Lyman/Xuanatu
Team Leslie Law: Alexandra Baugh/Ballingowan Pizazz; Cosby Green/Highly Suspicious; Mallory Hogan/Clarissa Purisima; Alyssa Phillips/Oskar
Read about the first ever Team Challenge which took place at Carolina International in March here and here.
This is the inaugural year of the Mars Equestrian Bromont Rising Program which provides $3,000 CAN to 10 riders under the age of 25 to compete at Bromont.
The following horses and riders were selected to receive a grant: Arielle Aharoni/Dutch Times; Woods Baughman/C’est La Vie 135; Bradley Champagne/Wallaroo W; Gabby Dickerson/Governor SGS; Renee Kalkman/Flame Eternal or Qupid; Ema Klugman/Bendigo or Joker’s Win; Ashlynn Meuchel/Emporium; Mike Pendleton/Steady Eddie; Greta Schwickert/FE Charles Owen
The following horse and rider combinations have been selected as alternates and, in addition to participating in the full training program, will receive free entries: Shelby Brost/Crimson; Emily Lehman/Martial Arts; Emma Lomangino/Riot Act; Brooke Massie/Serendipity; Maxine Preston/Shannondale Magnum; and April Simmonds/Blyth’s Centurion FE
Doug Payne, Kerry Milliken, and Peter Gray will be coaching the squad on the training days leading up to the event. Boyd Martin and Jessica Phoenix will be the featured speakers for the program. In addition to mounted training sessions, the program will have an instructional component that will include a session on conformation and soundness, presented by Millikin. There will also be a seminar on sponsorship of riders from the owners’ perspective.
Wednesday, June 5 3:00 p.m. – First Horse Inspection (CCI2*-L, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-L)
Thursday, June 6 8:00 a.m. – Dressage (CCI2*-L, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-L)
Any riding exercise is about the art of the possible. This is especially true with jumping exercises, when a step too far will compromise safety. Exercises and a method should be developed progressively that build confidence and competence for both horse and rider, and in particular also allows room for error.
In the show jumping phase, where a ribbon can be won or lost based on a fraction of a second, it is important to understand the rules that determine how time is kept. After reviewing the rules concerning time and other show jumping penalties, one should also examine the rules that outline the faults incurred for each of the different types of penalties.
Sue Ockendon, organizer of the MARS Bromont CCI Three-Day Event and the FEI Eventing Nations Cup announced today that the event has decided to consider dates further along the calendar. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for Bromont to confirm that it would be possible for competitors to travel on August 15-18.
There were 14 USEA recognized events that took place in June, the first month back from the suspension of the eventing calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While no one finished with a score in the teens, Erin Walker and Zydeco Nights came very close. By finishing on a score of 20.0, Walker and Zydeco Nights won the Novice Rider division at the Chattahoochee Hills H.T. on Sunday, June 28.
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