Selena O'Hanlon of Kingston, Ontario, and John and Judy Rumble's Foxwood High ("Woody") win the day, finishing the Derek di Grazia designed CIC3* course on a final penalty score of 30.4. The pair added just 2.4 time penalties to their dressage score putting them ahead of second-placed Lynn Symansky (USA) on Under Suspection who finished up with a score of 32.0.
When asked about the cross-country course, Selena said: "The footing was superb and the fences were built just beautifully. The terrain was going to be a little bit of a test for Woody because I don't really have hills at home, but he felt really fit at the end".
In the CIC2*, U.S. team rider, Boyd Martin (USA) on Denise Lahey's KWPN gelding Contestor (Cortez), finished up the three days on a score of 32.2. Recent results for this combination include a 10th at the Bromont CIC2* this past June.
On his success this weekend Boyd said: "It was a fantastic performance by my old mate Cortez. He's had the comeback of all comebacks after a disaster at Millbrook. To come back and win at Bromont—it goes to show what two weeks of training can do."
Cole Horn (USA) and his own Cooley Sligo added nothing on cross country to have a final score on Sunday of 33.5. This put Cole and the 6-year-old grey Irish Sport Horse gelding in first at the end of the weekend to win the CIC1*U25.
Cole, who has worked for three years for Ryan Wood (AUS) at True Prospect Farm in West Grove, Pennsylvania, said of his successful weekend: "Ryan has given me everything I know about how to ride cross country and show jumping. I wouldn't be anywhere without him."
Waylon Roberts (CAN) riding a 6-year-old ISH gelding by the name of Wil Celtic Charlie won the CIC1*. The horse, imported from Ireland, is owned by Aletta Martin (USA) and added just 1.6 time penalties to their already impressive 26.4 dressage score.
Regarding the ride today, Waylon said, "I'm really excited about this horse. I know it might be quick, but it could be a horse they could consider for Lima [Pan American Games in 2019]. He'll be 7, and he should have a couple two-star runs under his belt by then. I wasn't thinking that before this weekend, but I am now.
Waylon's more immediate plans for Wil Celtic Charlie include coming back to Canada in just 10 days for the CCI1* at Foshay International in Jemseg, New Brunswick.
In the Open Training, it can be said that from start to finish this weekend Lauren Kieffer (USA) had a solid lead riding Jacqueline Mars' Get Gaudi, who had been purchased from Matt Flynn. "She is a lovely, lovely mare" said Lauren of the horse.
Finishing on their dressage score of 22.1, Lauren and Get Gaudi found themselves 10.4 points ahead of their closest rivals for the red ribbon, which was won by Catherine Henderson on Oldcourt Grafen Dance.
Amanda Beale Clement (USA) and Megan Wilson's 5-year-old BE Kilgoric Felix (Felix) started and finished on a dressage score of 26.9 in the the Training Young Rider. An excellent run at Bromont, to be sure.
When asked about the course, Amanda said: "The course has great questions but it is nice and open and gallopy. The course designer (Derek di Grazia) placed those jumps very well on the turns to teach the horse to slow down and to teach the horses to come up in front and learn to jump the fences."
Entries representing six nations vied for the red first place ribbon over three days of competition this weekend at Bromont CIC Three Day Event. Team selectors from both the US and Canada are onsite and this is the final mandator outing ahead of the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina for Team USA.
Bromont CIC takes place near the charming village of Bromont, which is within easy driving distance of Montreal, Quebec and Burlington, Vermont. This scenic area offers great dining, shopping, entertainment, and golf options. The Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, which hosted the equestrian events of the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, has in recent years undergone massive upgrades and is considered one of the best in North America.
Watch for announcements regarding our 2019 dates starting with the exciting return of the MARS Incorporated Bromont CCI Three Day Event in June at https://bromontcci.com
The Bromont CIC 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.