There are two under-25 divisions running here at the MARS EQUESTRIAN Bromont CCI-Three-Day Event, and Alyssa Phillips and Oskar top the CCIU253*-L leaderboard on a personal best score of 25.7 at the conclusion of dressage here in Quebec.
Oskar, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Coriando X Nicole, by Marlo) owned by Julia Phillips, has had a strong spring season in the lead-up to Bromont, finishing fourth in the CCI3*-S at Carolina International and second at Fair Hill.
“It was probably the best work (he’s done), overall. He’s really coming up more through his shoulders in the trot work. In the canter work, he’s really sitting down now, which has taken a long time to build his strength up to that (point),” Alyssa said. “There were a couple bobbles here and there, but to still get the score that he did means we are on the right track. He loves performing; he’s a great boy, and I’m really proud of him. I’m looking forward to the rest of the weekend.”
Alyssa and Oskar are competing as part of Leslie Law’s team for the USEF/USET Foundation North American Team Challenge, along with Alex Baugh and Ballingowan Pizazz, Cosby Green and Highly Suspicious, and Mallory Hogan and Clarissa Purisma. Leslie’s team score of 88.5 has them topping the leaderboard tonight.
“I’m so grateful for the opportunity,” Alyssa said. “It has been really eye-opening because I have been on past NAYC teams, and just to see how things worked then and how things have carried over to this competition — I have loved every minute of it, meeting new people and connections, and working with such awesome people. It has been a great week so far, and I’m looking forward to the coming days and getting their input about what they say about the cross country course and show jumping.”
Erik Duvander’s team of Kimmy Cecere and Landmark’s Monaco, Sydney Conley Elliott and QC Diamantaire, Allie Knowles and Business Class, and Kylie Lyman and Xuanatu are close behind on a score of 92.7.
Looking to the rest of the leaderboard, Alex Baugh and Altorac Farm’s Ballingowan Pizazz, a 17-year-old Irish Sport Horse (OBOS Quality X Rocklea, by Leabag), were the first pair to go down centerline in the CCIU253*-L and sit in second place on 28.8.
Sydney Solomon and and Laurie Cameron’s homebred Qui Luma CBF, an 11-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare (Quite Easy X Uma Corwin CBF, by Cor Noir), round out the top three on 29.0 in their debut at the level.
Click here for full scores in the CCIU253*-L after dressage.
Lauren Kieffer Leads the Way in CCI2*-L
Lauren Kieffer and Get Gaudi, an 8-year-old KWPN mare (Alicante HBC X Second Floor, by Faram) owned by Jacqueline Mars, scored 28.4 to lead the CCI2*-L at the conclusion of dressage. “Gaudi” won her CCI2*-L debut at the Ocala Jockey Club in April on her dressage score of 27.7 and makes her second career international start here at Bromont.
“I’m really happy with Gaudi. She’s a lovely mare that Ms. Mars picked out a few years ago at a competition, and when Matt Flynn offered her for sale the year after that, we jumped on it,” Lauren said.
“We’ve been slow producing her; she’s always been super flashy, but she’s such a lanky powerhouse, and quite careful, so I thought there was the risk of her jumping herself into trouble until she got stronge,r and didn’t want her to develop any baggage. Luckily, Ms Mars. is very patient with the development of the young ones, and she’s really come out this year a real competitor. I’m very excited about her and her future.”
Sondra Shantz and Unique, a flashy skewbald KWPN/Thoroughbred mare (Fuhler X Abydos Maya, by Judge TC) bred in Canada by Tonya Cummins, scored 29.1 for second place in their second appearance at the CCI2*-L level.
Lizzy Jahnke and Light Speed Equestrian’s Colenomer, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Ghareeb X Riverside Furryoso) produced to the CCI2*-L level in Ireland by Andrew Turley, round out the top three on 30.1.
Click here for full results in the CCI2*-L following dressage.
We are so incredibly lucky to have this event serving as one of North America’s six CCI4*-L events, as well as hosting five other international divisions, including two for under-25 riders. Dom Schramm perhaps said it best when he praised the event:
If you missed EN’s earlier report on who is leading the CCI3*-L and CCIU252*-L, click here to catch up. Be sure to read EN data analyst Maggie Deatrick’s report on which horse and rider she predicts will win the CCI4*-L.
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