One rail during the Bromont CCI3* show jumping made all the difference. Top riders know all too well how things can change, and Lynn Symansky's rail down with Under Suspection gave the win to Jenny Caras.
Caras shared today that while Fernhill Fortitude, is her “best buddy” who she “could not be happier with” this was his first ever win. This is to say that the the 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Courage II x Misty Matilda) owned by the Fernhill Fortitude Syndicate had not won in almost 70 competitions.
As the winner of the CCI3*, Caras and Forty were presented with the Todd Sandler Perpetual Trophy. Second place went to Symansky and Under Suspection who dropped down one place when Mary Ann Ghadban's 14-year-old Holsteiner mare (Contender x Naomagic 1) knocked down a rail. Felix Vogg and Colero (Captain Fire x Bonita), Jurgen Vogg's 10-year-old Westphalian gelding, held on to their third place position despite adding one time penalty.
The MARS Incorporated Bromont CCI Three-Day Event is proud to host The Todd Sandler Challenge in memory of an aspiring young event rider, Todd Sandler, who died tragically in a car accident while returning home from grooming and lending a helping hand to fellow Canadians at the 1999 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.
Jessica Phoenix and Bentley's Best. Cealy Tetley Photo.
In the CIC2* division of 22 riders Canada’s Jessica Phoenix, an Uxbridge, Ontario resident and gold medalist added nothing to her score in show jumping on the 11-year-old Trakehner gelding Bentley’s Best. The horse which is owned by The Bentley's Best Group already has a good mix of top place finishes to his name and Phoenix is amiming him towards the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru next year.
Winning was a special moment for Phoenix with family there to watch and said “to hear the anthem on Canadian soil. It’s pretty awesome”.
Boyd Martin and Contessa. Cealy Tetley Photo.
Boyd Martin who is no stranger to the podium rode Club Contessa's Contessa a 9-year-old Holsteiner mare (Contender x Veritas) to a win in the CCI2* ahead of 31 other competitors on their dressage score of 32.00. A close competition with Clark Montgomery (USA) riding Caribbean Soul always just .40 penalties away from beginning to end.
Annie Goodwin and Fedarman B. Cealy Tetley Photo.
The CCI1* which was the first division of the day to go and the largest saw Annie Goodwin take the win on Fedarman B, an 8-year-old KWPN gelding (Eurocommerce Washington x Paulien B) with a final score of 27.10. This is Goodwin's first visit to Bromont and there is already talk to returning.
Bromont CCI, which has featured top competition for three decades, will be welcoming some of the best horse-and-rider combinations from all over North America in CCI1*, CCI2*, CIC2* and CCI3* divisions. Bromont stands alone as the only venue in Canada which offers a CCI3*-level competition.
Bromont CCI3* takes place near the charming village of Bromont, which is within easy driving distance of Montreal, Quebec and Burlington, Vermont. This scenic area offers great dining, shopping, entertainment, and golf options. The Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, which hosted the equestrian events of the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, has in recent years undergone massive upgrades and is considered one of the best in North America.
The MARS Incorporated Bromont CCI Three Day Event is made possible in part through a contribution from the Government of Canada. The Bromont organizing committee also wishes to thank the Government of Québec and the City of Bromont for their support of this year’s event.
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Bellamy, an Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding of unknown breeding, came to Tamra Smith’s farm in Southern California with his mane half-way down his neck and filled with burrs. Bellamy had been sitting in a field for a little over a year after unseating several riders in a row and Smith, known for being good with tricky horses, agreed to take him on.
Pan Am Games team gold medalist Tamra Smith and Mai Baum and five-star pairs Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 and Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin headline a strong Advanced field when Twin Rivers begins an exciting season of eventing competition this weekend.
The USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) and Young Event Horse (YEH) programs have around 30 qualifying competitions each, and youngsters around the country are about to begin their seasons aimed at Championships.