Images from the show site ahead of the Bromont CCI-S Horse Trials on October 3rd. Photos: Kristel Glockner
Canada’s much-loved Bromont venue is preparing to host its first CCI of the season; the traditional annual dates in June were unfortunately vacated due to the coronavirus pandemic. This weekend will see riders contesting CCI2*S, CCI3*S, and CCI4*S as well as an Open Training division that was made available. The event has been condensed to a one-day format to be held on Saturday, October 3.
Since the border between the U.S. and Canada remains closed to nonessential travelers, we won’t see any foreign entries this weekend. Canadian riders who wish to return to the country after spending time in the U.S. must undergo a 14-day quarantine upon their return.
The headlining division this weekend will feature veteran Canadian team member Jessica Phoenix, who will bring forward five horses in the CCI4*S. Jessica’s team has had a lighter year, picking off a couple of events earlier this spring before the pandemic hit and then returning north to her home base to hunker down for the remainder of the season.
We’ll see stalwart veteran Pavarotti in action this weekend; at 18 years young the Westphalian gelding has shown this year that he’s still very much up to the task with two top 10 finishes on his international record in 2020. Accompanying him on the entry list are four of his barnmates: Bogue Sound, Humble GS, Watson GS, and Wabbit.
All of the horses competing in the CCI4*S this weekend had a summer outing at Will O’Wind in July, which Colleen Loach handily won aboard her WEG partner Qorry Blue D’Argouges and finished second with FE Golden Eye, who are also entered at Bromont this weekend.
Also featuring on the entry list are Melissa Boutin and EWSZ Jalando, an 11 year old Zweibrucker gelding making his CCI4*S debut. The pair completed their first Advanced in Florida earlier this year at Rocking Horse and most recently finished sixth in the CCI3*S at Will O’Wind in July.
Many thanks to Jacquie Kelton, who graciously allowed us to share her photos for a mini-tour around Jay Hambly’s cross country tracks. Jacquie will be competing her Thoroughbred mare, Cruze, in the Open Training division this weekend and we wish her great and safe rides.
We’ll bring you more updates from Bromont this weekend. Best of luck to all competing, and Go Eventing.