Day two of competition at the MARS Bromont CCI saw the completion of dressage and the addition of another top score from Liz Halliday-Sharp (USA), this time in the CCI2*-L riding Laurie Cameron's 10-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding Miks Master C (Mighty Magic x Qui Lumba CBF). A horse who has a recent competition history with another well-known US rider, Maya Black.
Halliday-Sharp's leading scores from yesterday carried over and the U.S. rider now leads the CCI4*-L, CCI3*-Lm and CCI2*-L divisions. Of course, it should always be pointed out that this is certainly not a dressage competition and anyone who is familiar with Derek di Grazia’s Bromont courses knows that Saturday will be a test for both horse and rider.
In the CCI4*-S Sara Kozumplik of Berryville, Virginia riding Kim Small's 17-year-old dapple grey Selle Français gelding Rubens d'Ysieux (Balougran x Orenda D'ysieux) bested 12 others to finish the day in pole position on a score of 29.1.
Pointing to a long history with the event Kozumplik confirmed that Bromont in 1997 was her first three-day event. The MARS Bromont CCI this year has Kozumplik riding three horses spread out over the CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, and CCI2*-L divisions.
Looking forward to tomorrow and speaking of the cross-country course Kozumplik said, “this cross-country course is absolutely to die for. It is one of the best courses in the world and everybody says it.” She went on to say, "everyone is so happy to be back here. It is my favorite event maybe outside of Kentucky in North America.”
Vermont’s own 20-year-old Ayden Schain rider yesterday and who leads the U252-L division on the 9-year-old Zangersheide gelding Fernhill Hole Shot (Entertainer x Coriander Z) owned by Dawn Barclay. Interesting fact, Hole Shot’s name comes from a motorsport racing term referring to leaving the start area in first position.
Ayden who lives less than an hour from Canada admitted today that this is her first trip across the border and is traveling on a passport that is less than a week old. Hopefully this will be a first of many such trips to Bromont.
Saturday cross-country's course is designed by Derek di Grazia who was assisted by FEI course builder, Jay Hambly. Due to rain leading up to the event, the CCI4*-L will be first to go followed by CCI4*-L, CCI3*-L and the CCI2*-L divisions including the U25. The first rider to leave the start box will be Canada’s Jessica Phoenix at 9:00am and the last rider expected to compete will be Courtney Cooper (USA) at 4:03 P.M.
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United States Eventing Association (USEA) members at the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention were in for a treat on Friday as the U.S. Eventing Team was on hand to discuss their accomplishments this year at the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile.
“Test the best without hurting the rest,” said show jumping course designer Chris Barnard as he and fellow designer Marc Donovan led a lively discussion for nearly 50 participants at the Show Jumping Seminar on the first day of the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.
This afternoon, USEA President Louise “Lou” Leslie welcomed U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors members, USEA staff, and USEA Annual Meeting & Convention attendees to the first of two Board meetings which will take place during this year’s Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, with the teaser that 2024 is going to be full of initiatives for more opportunities to access the eventing experience, some of which attendees might get first wind of during this year’s gathering. The 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention takes place Dec. 7-10 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel.
Welcome to the Show Me state and to Area IV USEA members! The 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention kicks of tomorrow and features four full days of educational seminars, committee meetings, and social gatherings all with one aim—to bring the eventing community together to continue to improve upon and celebrate the sport that we all love. This year’s Convention takes place in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Marriott St. Louis Grand in downtown St. Louis from Dec. 7-10, and we have rounded up everything you need to know to make the most of your time in the heartland.