Welcome to Bromont! Of course it has started to rain lightly, and unfortunately the forecast is for it to get worse Friday and Saturday. The cross country courses are classic Derek Di Grazia – big, bold and tough and will be even more so if the forecast rain comes our way. Now I remember why everyone calls Bromont a mini- Rolex, you’re going to need a fit, brave horse on Saturday and can absolutely consider yourself ready for a tough four star if you have a good go here.
Meanwhile, though dressage continues, and the good news for Canada is that Peter Barry did a lovely test ride in the CCI** on his new horse, Katie Ruppel’s former four star horse Sir Donovan, and Jordan MacDonald leads that division on Prince Mayo at the lunch break.
In some bad news for America Buck Davidson, who has three rides here at Bromont, told EN that unfortunately Carl and Cassie Segal’s Ballynoe Castle (above at Rolex this year) will not be making the trip to Aachen to represent the US after Reggie got up in his stall with a bruised bone on his right stifle. He will be absolutely fine, Buck assured me, but both he and Carl and Cassie all think too much of the horse to take any sort of a risk with him. Marilyn Little is the alternate on RF Smoke on the Water. EN wishes all the Team Davidson connections the best, and Reggie a speedy recovery, and we look forward to seeing them back out competing, and representing the US again soon.
Many Happy Returns, Lauren Kieffer! When I asked her what she wanted for her birthday today, Lauren replied, “To win!”, to which Caitlin Silliman, who was standing next to me, responded immediately, “Veronica says, ‘Hang on!'” Who knows if that will come true on Sunday afternoon but it would certainly make a nice birthday present not only for Lauren, but also for owner Sarah Kelly who celebrates on Saturday. Best Birthday wishes to you both from Eventing Nation! Dressage has started up again, and the rain is getting a little more persistent. Be sure to keep checking EN for great updates from Jenni, and we’ll bring you more from Bromont later. Go Canadian Three Day Eventing!