All Systems Go – with a Dash of Drama – at MARS Bromont International

Ema Klugman and RF Redfern. Photo by Red Bay Stock.

It’s all systems go — with a bit of drama — at the return of the MARS Bromont International, which is welcomed back to Quebec, Canada this weekend after a three-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Long format horses in four divisions and representing four nations presented their horse to the Ground Jury of Marliyn Payne (USA), Sue Baxter (GBR), Peter Gray (CAN), Bea DiGrazia (USA), Cara Whitham (CAN) this afternoon for inspection.

Cassie Sanger and Redfield Fyre (U252*-L). Photo by Red Bay Stock.

Four horses were held during the horse inspection; one, Emalee Bodimeade’s Marvin (U252*-L), was not accepted on re-inspection, and another, Alex Green’s Fernhill Limited Edition (3*-L) was withdrawn from the hold box. Kendal Lehari’s 2*-L ride, Darcy as well as Maddie Hale’s Cinzano 87 (U252*-L) were both accepted upon re-inspection. Meanwhile in the 4*-L, Jessica Phoenix withdrew the stallion Humble GS prior to the jog.

Sharon White and Claus 63. Photo by Red Bay Stock.

This leaves 83 horses in the Long format divisions going forward in to dressage. We’ll see the 4*-S horses trot up on Sunday ahead of show jumping.

We now look ahead to the commencement of dressage tomorrow morning, beginning at 8:40 a.m. with test rides in each ring. The 3*-L and U252*-L will be the first divisions to see, followed in the afternoon by the 4*-L. The remaining 4*-L riders as well as the 4*-S pairs will ride dressage on Friday. You can glance at ride times here.

We’ll be back all week long with more updates from Bromont, and Abby Powell will be on the ground beginning Friday and will bring us a preview of what Derek di Grazia’s got up his sleeve this week. Until then, Go Eventing!

The Bromont CCI Three Day Event is made possible in part through a contribution from the Government of Canada. The Bromont organizing committee also wishes to thank the Gouvernement du Québec, Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement Supérieur, and the City of Bromont for their support of this year’s event.

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