Following a hugely successful debut in June 2019 at the Bromont Three-Day Event, the MARS Bromont Rising Program will be offered at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event, November 14-17, 2019.
The Program offers grants of $3,000 each to 10, under-25 U.S. or Canadian riders, competing in any of the event’s divisions which include: CCI4*-L, CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, and CCI2*-L. The recipients of the grant will participate in two days of mounted and unmounted instruction from leading coaches and clinicians at Mardanza Farms just prior to the competition dates. The grant money will be awarded in a lump sum to each recipient to offset the cost of transportation, entries, lodging, and meals during the November competition. Applications for the program can be accessed in the competitors’ section on the Ocala Jockey Club Event website, www.OJC3de.com. Selection criteria “will focus primarily on talent and determination.”
“With the support of MARS Equestrian, we were able to put together this new program for younger riders who are not part of any grant or training program," said Peter Gray, the well-known FEI dressage judge and trainer who runs the program. “It was always our vision to expand the program to venues beyond Bromont – provided it worked.”
“Our experience in June was overwhelmingly positive,” he continued. “The results and feedback from the participants in the first Bromont Rising Program speak for themselves. Most of the participants had their personal best dressage scores at Bromont, and one of the participants, Brooke Massie, went on to win the Bromont CCI4*-S in her first time at the level. All participants were extremely grateful for the opportunity provided by the training and grant program,” said Gray.
The Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event at the picturesque 950-acre OJC facility has established itself as a premier fall FEI event in the Southeast, with riders praising the venue’s footing, galloping tracks, viewing opportunities and rolling hills reminiscent of the English countryside. “The MARS Bromont Rising program is an exciting way to allow young riders an opportunity to ride at our event and develop their skills at an accelerated pace with excellent coaching with Peter Gray, Sara Kozumplik-Murphy and Brian Murphy”, said Pavla Nygaard, Ocala Jockey Club’s President.
For more information on the 2019 Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event, visit www.ojc3de.com. Entries to the Event opened on September 17th and remain open to October 29th, at https://evententries.com/#ShowNDgx.
While a total of 95 4- and 5-year-old horses will be vying for top-finishes in The Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East Coast Championships next weekend, a select group of YEH graduates are entered in the CCI5*-L division at the second annual MARS Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill Presented by Brown Advisory. The USEA YEH program has run successfully for over 15 years, and many graduates of the program have gone onto compete at the pinnacle of the sport, the FEI 5-Star level of eventing, including the four horses entered in the 2022 Maryland 5 Star.
Founded in 2019, the MARS Bromont Rising U25 Program was initially created to assist up-and-coming riders under the age of 25 in North America who had not yet competed in a destination event, such as the program’s namesake the MARS Bromont CCI in Lac Brume, Quebec, Canada, or been recognized by the USEF programs intended for emerging athletes.. Spearheaded by the late Steve Blauner and Sue Ockendon, the program sought to give back to the sport by helping the next generation of riders get more experience under their belt with the help of the financial assistance provided by the program, and the two days of included instruction from leading coaches around the world.
Strides for Equality Equestrians (SEE) is excited to kick off a two-year anniversary celebration, happening all throughout the month of October in the form of “SEE Month”. SEE’s goal during October is to raise awareness about our mission of opening doors for equestrians from diverse backgrounds while also fundraising to continue our work and future projects.
And just like that, it is time for the Morven Park International! The prestigious event will take place Thursday, October 6, and run through Sunday, October 10 in Leesburg, Virginia. This is the event’s second year offering the CCI4*-L division, in addition to their CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, and CCI2*-S divisions. That’s not all! The historic grounds at Morven Park will also host national divisions at the Novice, Training, and Preliminary levels.