Canada is dominating three of the four FEI divisions here at the Bromont CIC Three-Day Event at the conclusion of today’s show jumping action in Quebec.
Jessica Phoenix led the CIC2* after dressage with Pavarotti, but one rail down in show jumping opened the door for Bentley’s Best to move up to take the lead on 30.9. This pair won the CIC2* at Bromont in June, and the stage is set for them to repeat the victory tomorrow.
“Benny,” an 11-year-old Trakehner gelding (Hirtentanz X Hauptstutbuch Baronesse XIII, by Eichendorff) owned by the Bentley’s Best Group, has extensive experience competing at the three-star level. Jessica decided to step him back to two-star level this year to solidify his form, and she is also thinking of him as a possible mount for the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.
“He’s done so much, but he’s still so playful,” Jessica said. “He’s playful in dressage and he’s playful in show jumping, and I want to keep him at two-star level until he’s more workmanlike. He feels really solid at the two-star level and really competitive at the level.”
As for her thoughts on Derek di Grazia’s track for tomorrow: “All three courses are serious courses. I was thinking that the three-star would be more of an easy run in the lead up to the World Equestrian Games, but there’s a lot to do out there, and it’s big. The two-star has a ton to do, and the one-star feels like if you do that well then you’re ready to move up to Intermediate.”
Boyd Martin and Contestor, an 11-year-old KWPN gelding (Contango X Jer’s Princess, by Killer Jer) owned and bred by Denise Lahey, jumped clear to move up to second place in the CIC2* on 32.2.
Dom Schramm and The Naked Horse Eventing Syndicate’s Bolytair B and Michael Nolan and SBT Good Guy both jumped clear rounds and sit tied for third place on 32.6.
Fourteen of the 24 combinations (58% of the field) jumped clear rounds over Marc Donovan’s show jumping course in the CIC2*, but poles went flying in the CIC* divisions.
Colleen Loach and Peter Barry’s Foreign Quality jumped one of the five clear rounds in the CIC* to move up from third place after dressage to lead on 25.9.
“Badger,” a 7-year-old KPWN gelding (Warrant X Orsina II, by Calvados), won the 2016 USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships with Tim Bourke as a 5-year-old. Peter Barry purchased him in early 2017, and Colleen started competing him soon after.
He finished fourth here at Bromont in June in his first CCI* and stepped up to Intermediate at the GMHA Festival of Eventing in Vermont last weekend. Colleen said she plans to wait to move him up to the two-star level until next spring.
“He didn’t have a lot of confidence when I first started riding him, so I think it’s important to keep his confidence level up,” Colleen said. “Now he’s starting to really trust me and go forward. He’s not a very forward-thinking horse, and I’m trying to build his trust. He’s one of the most talented horses I’ve ever ridden.”
Waylon Roberts and Aletta Martin’s Wil Celtic Charlie jumped clear to move up to second in the CIC* on 26.4. Matt Brown and Anna Honeycutt’s Fernhill Chico led after dressage on 23.4 and slipped to third place with one rail down.
Katie Lloyd and Cadence are making their one-star debut one to remember, moving up to take the lead in the CIC*-Under 25 on 33.2 with one rail down.
She bought Cadence, a 13-year-old Holsteiner/Canadian Sport Horse (Camiros X N’Thabiseng, by A Fine Romance) as a saddle broke 6-year-old from Kaitlin Breton-Honeyman, who bred the mare just outside Guelph.
“My mare is fabulous. She’s a really good jumper, but she’s a really spooky horse. My sole thought when I went in the ring was ‘don’t let her gallop away’ — just keep her relaxed, calm, between the legs and hopefully make it over all the fences.”
Katie earned her undergraduate degree in animal biology from the University of Guelph and is taking a break from school before going back for her master’s degree. She hopes to study equine probiotic research in sport horses.
Originally from Dundas, Ontario, Katie now lives in Guelph and trains with Lynda Ward and Jo Young. Her ultimate goal for the rest of the season is to move Cadence up to Intermediate and ultimately aim for the Hagyard MidSouth CCI*.
But first, her goal is a clear cross country round tomorrow: “She can be a bit ditchy, so we’re going to need to kick on. She’s a very capable horse. She’s a mare that needs her head in the game.”
Cole Horn and his own Cooley Sligo, a 6-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Sligo Candy Boy X Town Land Pride, by Townrath Pride), had one rail down and moved up to second place on 33.5.
Kimberley Bégin and her own Bentley, an 11-year-old Trakehner (Krusader X Bonita) bred in Canada by Robin Cruickshank, also had one rail down to move up to third on 35.0.
Only one pair jumped a clear round in the CIC*-Under 25 division — shoutout to Charlotte Collier and Fidelius 35!
Looking to the Training divisions, Lauren Kieffer and Jacqueline Mars’s Get Gaudi jumped clear to hold the lead in the Open division on 22.1. Amanda Beale Clement and Megan Wilson’s BE Kilgoric Felix also jumped clear to hold the lead in the Training Young Rider division on 26.9.
Click here to view full scores following show jumping. Boyd Martin and Long Island T lead the CIC3*; click here to read the full CIC3* report from this morning. Click here to view show jumping videos courtesy of David Frechette.
Cross country day starts with the CIC3* at 8:30 a.m., followed by the CIC2* at 10:38 a.m., CIC* at 12:20 and Training at 2:44. Click here to view the full schedule. Stay tuned for much more from Bromont. Go Eventing.