All 115 horses that presented in the long format divisions at the MARS EQUESTRIAN Bromont CCI Three-Day Event were accepted on an overcast afternoon here at the Parc Équestre Olympique de Bromont in Quebec, Canada.
The CCI2*-L ground jury of Sandor Fulop (HUN), Marilyn Payne (USA) and Sukhdev Rathore (IND) sent two horses to the holding box: Natasha Erschen‘s mount Chai Tea Latte and Matthew Kidney’s mount Fuzion. Both horses were accepted upon reinspection. A total of 42 horses are competing in the CCI2*-L divisions: 26 in the senior section and 16 in the under-25 section.
The CCI3*-L horses presented next to the ground jury of Christian Steiner (AUT), Delano Bastos De Miranda (BRA) and Cara Whitham (CAN) without issue. A total of 49 horses are competing in the CCI3*-L divisions: 24 in the senior section and 25 in the under-25 section.
Brandon McMechan withdrew Oscar’s Wild from the CCI4*-L prior to the trot up. All 24 horses in the CCI4*-L that presented to the ground jury of Marilyn Payne (USA), Sandor Fulop (HUN) and Gretchen Butts (USA) were accepted.
Show secretary extraordinaire Jeanette Leask told EN that Bromont typically averages about 110 entries for this event. With a further 37 horses competing in the CCI3*-S, Jeanette confirmed that 152 horses is a record high for entries in the 33-year history of Bromont’s three-day event. Riders representing six countries are competing: Canada, U.S., Barbados, Australia, New Zealand and Zimbabwe.
In addition to hosting five FEI divisions, Bromont kicked off the week with the inaugural Bromont Rising Program. A select group of under-25 athletes received grants to compete, as well as train with Kerry Millikin, Peter Gray and Doug Payne in the lead-up to the event. Boyd Martin and Jessica Phoenix also served as speakers for the educational component of the program.
Greta Schwickert and Emily Lehman, both of whom are competing in the CCI3*-S, praised the Bromont Rising program as “immensely helpful” and thanked the Organizing Committee for their enormous effort in executing an educational three days. Stay tuned for much more on the Bromont Rising program.
Bromont is also playing host to the North American Futures Team Challenge. Established with the USET Foundation and administered by USEF, the North American Futures Team Challenge is designed to complement the Eventing High Performance Program, which recently rolled out the new U.S. Eventing Pathway Program.
Two teams of four combinations, one coached by U.S. Eventing Director of High Performance Erik Duvander and one coached by USEF Eventing Emerging Athlete Coach Leslie Law, participated in training in the lead-up to the event and will contest an unofficial simulated team competition.
Erik’s team is Kimmy Cecere and Landmark’s Monaco, Sydney Conley Elliott and QC Diamantaire, Allie Knowles and Business Class, and Kylie Lyman and Xuanatu. Leslie’s team is Alex Baugh and Ballingowan Pizazz, Cosby Green and Highly Suspicious, Mallory Hogan and Clarissa Purisma, and Alyssa Phillips and Oskar.
Bromont is also serving as the final selection trial for the U.S. Pan American Games team, which will be announced no later than June 19. Click here to read more about U.S. team selection process for the Pan American Games, which will take place Aug. 1-4 in Lima, Peru.
Canada will also name their Pan American Games team following Bromont. Monique Archer is also competing in the CCI3*-L with Camross Diamond in the hopes of securing her Pan Ams qualifier to represent Barbados in Peru — please join the EN team in cheering her on.
Looking ahead to the competition, dressage starts tomorrow for the CCI3*-L and CCI2*-L divisions, with both rings running at 8:30 a.m. CCI3*-S dressage starts at 9 a.m. EST on Friday, with CCI4*-L dressage starting at 9:30 a.m. EST. Click here for dressage start times.
The Bromont area has been inundated with rain in the days leading up to the event, but today was mercifully dry — sans a few sprinkles during the trot up — and the rest of the forecast leading up to Saturday’s cross country looks promising. Bromont organizer Sue Ockendon told EN the CCI4*-L horses will go first on Saturday to give them the very best of the ground.
There is no live stream for dressage or cross country, but we are delighted to confirm that show jumping will be shown live on Bromont’s Facebook page and here on EN for all divisions on Sunday.
Keep checking back for more photos from today’s first horse inspection. Our friendly neighborhood videographer Thehorsepester is also uploading jog videos to his YouTube channel. We are looking forward to a fantastic week at Bromont! Thank you for following along with EN’s coverage. Go Eventing.