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)
The gang's all here! Nicole Brown is joined this week by USEA CEO Rob Burk, USEA President Max Corcoran, and Diarm Byrne of EquiRatings to take a look at some of the upcoming highlights for 2021 and make some predictions about exciting things we might see this year.
The Windfall Trophy has been presented each year since 2015 to the stallion who accumulates the most points on the USEA leaderboard in that year. Halimey Go (Askar AA x Hamamelis Go), Christine Turner’s Trakehner stallion, was the first to win the title in 2015 and took it for a second year in 2016 with Buck Davidson in the irons.
The USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) 2021 Team Challenge calendar is now available! This new program was announced in October 2020 and so far there have been over 60 teams register and 18 team challenges added to the 2021 calendar.
There are currently 34 FEI events on the U.S. Eventing calendar for 2021 with the first taking place in mid-March. While all national events in the U.S. follow the USEF Rules For Eventing, international events follow the FEI Rulebook.
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