Jun 07, 2022

Fast Facts: MARS Bromont CCI

By Meagan DeLisle - USEA Staff
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For the first time since 2019, three-day eventers will storm the grounds at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Center in Quebec, Canada for the MARS Bromont CCI Three-Day Event. Offering a CCI2*-L, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-S, and CCI4*-L, there are more than 130 horse and rider pairs set to compete on the grounds that once hosted the 1976 Montreal Olympics equestrian events.

The CCI4*-L Field:

  • Of the 131 horse field 19 are entered in the CCI4*-L, 18 in the CCI4*-S, 34 in the CCI3*-S, 41 in the CCI2*-L, and 17 in the CCI2*-L U25.
  • There will be three countries represented in the CCI4*-L: the United States, Canada, and New Zealand.
  • There are three USEA Young Event Horse Graduates on the roster: Nina Gardner's 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Twilightslastgleam (National Anthem x Royal Child) ridden by Jennie Brannigan, Christine Aharoni’s 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Dutch Times (Good Times x Alino Queen) ridden by Ariel Aharoni, and Donna Bigg's 14-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Let it Be Lee (Bernstein x Sugaree) ridden by Elisa Wallace
  • Thoroughbred breeding runs strong in the four-star long lineup with five Thoroughbreds set to compete. The Holsteiner and Irish Sport Horse breeds run a close second each with four entries in the field.
  • There are seven horses giving the four-star long format a try for the first time: Saskia Goedhart’s Warmblood gelding Mighty Mouse (Contenda x Jubilee Jadore) ridden by Jessica Phoenix, Charlotte Schickedanz’s Trakehner stallion Humble GS (Ferrari GS x Haiti GS) also ridden by Jessica Phoenix, Rebecca Brown’s Thoroughbred gelding Harbin (Verglas x Rainbow City) ridden by Joe Meyer, Nancy Hathaway’s Irish Sport Horse gelding Fernhill Prezley (Aldatus Z x Killerish Diamond), Club Contessa’s Holsteiner mare Contessa (Contender x Veritas) ridden by Boyd Martin, The Monster Partnerships Irish Sport Horse gelding Cooley Moonshine (Cobra x Kilpatrick Duchess) ridden by Liz Halliday-Sharp, and Annie Eldridge’s Hanoverian gelding Forrest Gump 124 (Furst Nymphenburg x Amaterasu) ridden by Ariel Grald.
  • Jessica Phoenix gets the unofficial title of Busiest Rider award with three horses in the CCI4*-L, one in the CCI2*-L, one in the CCI3*-L, and one in the CCI4*-S.
  • Speaking of Jessica Phoenix - one of her mounts, Humble GS, is the oldest horse competing in the CCI4*-L at 16-years-old and is the only stallion in the field. The youngest horse is a tie between Lillian Heard’s mount Dassett Olympus (Lancelot x Cushmalochree) the Irish Sport Horse gelding who Heard co-owns with Debby Greenspan, and the Bronte Beach Syndicate’s Zangersheide mare Bronte Beach Z (Verdi x Dalphine) ridden by Ema Klugman. Both horses are 9-years-old.
  • Phillip Dutton has the ride on Caroline Moran’s 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding Quasi Cool and the pair are just coming off of a second-place finish in the CCI4*-S at the 2022 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event in April.
  • Jane Stephenson’s 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Summer Bay and rider Jamie Kellock are coming into Bromont fresh off of a second-place finish in the CCI4*-S at Tryon last month.
  • This is the second year of the Mars Bromont Rising Program which provides $3,000 CAN to 10 riders under the age of 25 to compete at Bromont. While none of this year’s CCI4*-L riders were Bromont Rising recipients in 2022, there are two returning scholarship recipients in the four-star long lineup. Ariel Aharoni and Dutch Times were recipients of the scholarship in its inaugural year in 2019, as well as Ema Klugman who received the scholarship with long-time partner Bendigo. Klugman is competing in the CCI4*-L this year with Bronte Beach Z.

The Facts:

  • Andy Griffiths (GBR) is the Technical Delegate (TD).
  • Serving on the ground jury are Marilyn Payne (USA), Sue Baxter (GBR), Peter Gray (CAN), Bea di Grazia (USA), and Cara Whitham (CAN).
  • Derek di Grazia (USA) is the cross-country course designer with Jay Hambly (CAN) assisting.

The Competition Schedule

Wednesday, June 8

  • First Horse Inspection

Thursday, June 9

  • Dressage

Friday, June 10

  • Dressage

Saturday, June 11

  • Cross-Country

Sunday, June 12

  • Final Horse Inspection
  • Show Jumping

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