With Bromont as the remaining CCI3* of the North American spring season, the competitors are a mixture of newcomers to the level and experienced horses taking a crack at a WEG qualifier. A strong crop of young horses could give the seasoned ones a run for their money.
- No one has ever broken the 75% mark (25.0 penalties) at Bromont. At least a couple have the potential to do so this weekend.
- Recent winners have won from as low as sixth and as high as first after phase one.
- Under Suspection’s dressage average in her three starts under Lynn Symansky are hovering just over 30, but they’ve been knocking off multiple percentage points in each consecutive start. Their most recent start at the Fork in the Advanced division resulted in a personal best of 25.7 for the mare under any rider at this level. These two should easily break the 70% mark and may even try for over 75% if their trajectory continues.
- Getaway started his Advanced/3* career with a bang under Doug Payne, scoring over 70% in both his first Advanced at Pine Top and then at his first CIC3* at Carolina. Although he couldn’t quite match that at the WEG test event, his score of 31.8 kept him close to the leaders. With an average over 70%, he’ll be a competitor from phase one.
- Sara Kozumplik-Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux have broken the 70% mark in four of their last five starts at this level, dating back to this event last year. As only the second pair in the field to achieve a dressage average in the 20s, they’ll be contesting for the lead.
CROSS COUNTRY MACHINES
- Steady Eddie can push the pace quite well when Boyd Martin wants to, and as the most experienced pair in the field, these two will certainly be out to prove Eddie’s mettle. This pair has been within 15 seconds of the fastest cross country round in all but one of their runs at Advanced/3* back through 2017 and clocked in the quickest round of the day at Millbrook last summer.
- There are several horses starting their first CCI3* this weekend who have the potential to be quick across the country. Kyra, Getaway and Bendigo are all horses with potential to be quick if they have a clear round and can handle the added distance. Clip Clop and More Inspiration are both more experienced horses who have finished inside the time at this level, coming here as a re-route after less than ideal trips at Kentucky.
SHOW JUMPING POWERHOUSES
- Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville C are one of several great show jumping pairs in the field. These two have made a habit of clear rounds, jumping with no rails in 10 of their 12 show jumping rounds at the Advanced and 3* levels.
- Sara Kozumplik-Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux are another pair of incredibly good jumpers, incurring only one rail in their six rounds together as a pair. These two have also taken top placings in unaffiliated jumper competition aimed at eventers, including the Eventing Showcase in Ocala and Devon Arena Eventing classes.
- Ema Klugman and Bendigo are new to the CCI3* level but have never added a single penalty in the show jumping phase at Advanced/CIC3* in their four stadium rounds. Meanwhile, Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection are two for two in jumping clear as a pair but have extensive experience at this level with other horses or riders.
JACK OF ALL TRADES
- Colero and Felix Vogg are a pair to keep an eye on. With a dressage average hovering just under 70%, one rail in three rounds, and one of the faster times at Carolina CIC3*, they could sneak up the leaderboard day by day.
- Will Faudree and Hans Dampf are another who could throw in a surprise. Although they have only two starts at this level back through 2017, their dressage is near 70%, they have a history of jumping with only one rail, and the pair has averaged less than 25 seconds over optimum in their career together.
PREDICTED WINNER: LYNN SYMANSKY AND UNDER SUSPECTION
Keep an eye on:
- Doug Payne and Getaway
- Boyd Martin and Kyra
- Felix Vogg and Colero