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.
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.
In the final USEA Classic Series event of 2022, three horse and rider pairs rode their way to the top of the podium in the Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice 3-Day divisions offered during the Ram Tap Horse Park Horse Trials which took place November 18-20 in Fresno, California.
US Equestrian opened a bid process for one event to host the Advanced level in Area 3 on Week 10 for 2023-2027 due to an event cancellation. The bid process was conducted in accordance with the 2023-2027 U.S. Eventing Calendar CCI4*-L, CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, & Advanced Policies and Procedures. The USEF Eventing Strategic Calendar Review Task Force made recommendations to the USEF Eventing Sport Committee who made recommendations for final approval by the USEF Board of Directors.
Concluding the 2022 Area Championships season was the Area X Championships held during the SAzEA H.T. which took place November 19-20 in Tucson, Arizona. Three Championship divisions were offered, allowing three horse and rider pairs the opportunity to conclude their 2022 eventing season by being crowned champion!
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