Twelve CCI3* riders have completed their dressage test at the PEDIGREE® Bromont CCI Three-Day Event, and at the lunch break it’s Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux leading the division in their CCI3* debut as a pair.
With the wind whipping the flags around near the arena, a few horses have come slightly undone this morning, but Sara and the Rubens D’Ysieux Syndicate’s 12-year-old Selle Français performed a relaxed, fluid test to score 44.9, a personal best for them at this level.
Currently in second place with a 50.1 is William Coleman III and Kathleen McDermott’s 11-year-old KWPN gelding Boris O’Hara. Bromont is Boris O’Hara’s first CCI3* attempt having moved up to Advanced this spring. He was tenth at his first Advanced at Carolina International and then finished fourth and third at the Fair Hill and Jersey Fresh CIC3*s respectively.
In third place at the break is Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg on a 51.3. Boyd piloted the 10-year-old Trakehner gelding owned by Christine Turner to a second place finish at the 2016 Bromont CCI2* and they’ll be looking for similar success this year in the gelding’s first CCI3*.
(Fun fact from Equiratings: Boyd Martin has had 30 international top-five placings since June 1, 2016. That’s the second highest in the world in that timeframe, only behind Oliver Townend with 36. Boyd is competing six horses in total at Bromont. Read four more Bromont fast facts here.)
Kylie Lyman and Joan Nichols’ 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse sits in fourth place with a 52.2. Kylie was second with “Loopy” and third with Sacramento here last year, which just happened to be the first CCI3* attempt for both her and her horses.
Close behind in fifth with a 52.3 is Jennie Brannigan and Elsbeth Battel’s 9-year-old Holsteiner mare Cool As Ice. The pair has had several top placings this spring and won their final prep in the Advanced/Intermediate division at Virginia Horse Trials two weeks ago.
We have ten CCI3* combinations left to see in the dressage arena and there are some heavy hitters coming up. Stay tuned!