After securing the lead Friday, August 19, in the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ Canada following solid dressage scores from all team riders, the American eventers defended their lead with formidable jumping performances to win the seventh leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ Canada. As one of the most important equestrian events in Canada, the trials serves as the venue for the only FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ leg to be held in North America.
Perfect weather and friendly competition kicked off the weekend at the FEI Eventing Nations Cup Canada in Bromont, Quebec at the Olympic Equestrian Park. The highly anticipated event held at this historic location may be best known to most eventers as the venue for the MARS Bromont CCI, a very popular event held in June and also organized by Sue Ockendon, but none-the-less top athletes flocked to North America for a chance at team gold.
Much excitement surrounds this week’s FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ held in conjunction with the 2022 Bromont CCI-S Horse Trials after the Nations Cup was canceled in 2020 and 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the Nations Cup CCIO4*-S, Bromont is also offering CCI3*-S, CCI3*-S U25, CCI2*-S, CCI2*-S U25, Preliminary, and Training level divisions.
US Equestrian announced the four combinations selected to represent the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team at the FEI Eventing Nations Cup Canada CCIO4*-S, three of which are graduates of the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) program. Competition will take place from August 18-21, 2022, at Bromont Horse Park in Quebec, Canada. The team will be led by Chef d’Equipe Leslie Law.
Jennifer Brannigan of Kennett Square, PA topped the podium in the CCI4*-L held during the 2022 MARS Bromont CCI on Nina Gardner’s homebred 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Twilightslastgleam (National Anthem x Royal child). Two rails in the show jumping made for a bit of a nail-biting finish, but despite the additions to their score, the pair finished just 1.4 penalties ahead of the field on a 42.2.
There was a leaderboard shift following cross-country in the CCI4*-L at the Bromont CCI on Saturday. Jennie Brannigan riding Nina Gardner’s homebred 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Twilightslastgleam (National Anthem x Royal child) moved into the top spot ahead of former leaders Liz Halliday-Sharp and The Monster Partnership's 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Cooley Moonshine (Cobra x Kilpatrick Duchess) after adding just 1.6 time penalties to their dressage score. Brannigan now sits in the lead going into the final phase tomorrow, show jumping, on a cumulative score of 34.2.
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.
Lexington, Kentucky based US Olympian and first-time Bromont competitor, Liz Halliday-Sharp marked MARS Bromont CCI dressage day one with two firsts and a third at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park in picturesque Bromont, Quebec.
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.
Entries are strong leading up to the exciting return of the MARS Bromont CCI that is taking place June 8-12 in rural Bromont, Quebec. Bromont is a popular destination for North American competitors who are eager to return to this 1976 Olympic Games venue just 90 minutes from Burlington, Vermont.
Bromont CCI-S Horse Trials on the calendar for August 13th to 15th, 2021 are pleased to announce that starting August 9th, Canada is expected to begin allowing entry to US citizens and permanent residents who are currently residing in the United States.