It’s been three years since we’ve seen horses and riders hop over the border to our lovely neighbors in the North and the MARS Bromont CCI. Located at the south end of Quebec, just over the Vermont/Canada border and just to the east of Montreal, Bromont is a slice of eventing paradise and poutine and we can’t wait to be back this week.
Abby Powell will be our eyes on the ground this weekend, and we’ll have loads of action coming your way all weekend. Here are a few need-to-knows as well as a quick preview of the entry list. Want horse stats? Hop over to the USEA’s Fact Facts for a round-up.
This year, a total of 133 entries across two CCI2*-L, a CCI3*-L, CCI4*-L and CCI4*-S divisions will compete, riding dressage before the Ground Jury of Marliyn Payne (USA), Sue Baxter (GBR), Peter Gray (CAN), Bea DiGrazia (USA), Cara Whitham (CAN) and tackling Derek di Grazia’s (assisted by Jay Hambly) cross country track on Saturday.
Bromont also marks the return of the Bromont Rising Grant Program for riders under 25. This program provides funding assistance as well as special coaching, course walks, and lectures at competitions to a handful of young riders who submitted applications. There is also a U25 CCI2*-L with 17 horses and riders entered.
18 combinations will contest the headlining CCI4*-L division, with another 13 entered in the CCI4*-S:
- Fresh off a trip to Badminton with Leamore Master Plan, Ariel Grald brings forward the young star Forrest Gump 124, owned by Annie Eldridge, for his first 4*-L
- Phillip Dutton will compete Caroline Moran’s Quasi Cool (who made a remarkable recovery from a gruesome eye injury not six months ago), who finished second in the 4*-S at Kentucky in April
- Canadian multi-Olympian Jessica Phoenix will compete the stallion Humble GS, owned by Charlotte Schickendanz, as well as Jim Phillips’ Wabbit. She’ll pilot Karl Niemuller’s FE Blackjack in the 4*-S
- It will be a 4*-L debut for the 13-year-old Contessa, one of Boyd Martin’s rides owned by Club Contessa
- The 2021 Le Lion 7-year-old winner, Cute Girl, who was picked up by Hallie Coon in the off-season, will step up to her first 4*-S with Hallie in the irons
You can preview the full entry list here. We’ll have much more to come all weekend from Bromont, as well as Bramham in the UK, so don’t go anywhere and thanks for following along!