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Rider alert: Pairs to watch at the Mars International Bromont

Rider alert: Pairs to watch at the Mars International Bromont Three-Day Event – Originally Posted on EVENTING CONNECT

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The Bromont CCI will kick off tomorrow, with the first horse inspection. Numerous top riders from around North America have made the trek to the Pedigree International Bromont Three-Day Event in Bromont, Quebec. The event is running four FEI divisions – a CCI3*, CCI2* CIC2* and CCI1*. The competition will be fierce across all the divisions with many young riders looking to qualify for this year’s NAJYRC and riders in the CCI3* seeking to earn a qualification for the 2018 World Equestrian Games.

I have attended all of the CCI3* events on the East Coast and I believe that Bromont is undoubtedly the most impressive. Course Designer Derek di Grazia, who is also the designer at the Rolex Kentucky CCI4*, has created the tracks again this year. I am sure there will be plenty of massive open oxers and corners, along with some intimidating brush jumps that riders will need to put their brave pants on for.

Keep your eye on these pairs at because no matter how they place at the end up of this weekend they have the ability to make waves in the Eventing world in the near future:

Holly Jacks (CAN) & Candy King – CCI1*: Holly and Candy King, an 8-year-old SHBGB gelding, have had a consistently competitive 2018 season. This year, in Florida, they delivered three top-five finishes a the Preliminary level and finished in 21st place at the Ocala International CCI1*. Most recently, they won the Open Preliminary at the Grandview Spring H.T. Candy King is a very exciting young prospect for Holly who has competed up to the four-star level successfully. A top-five finish this weekend is well within this pair’s capabilities and they have the potential to represent Canada at major games in the future.

Dana Cooke (CAN) & FE Mississippi – CCI2*: FE Mississippi, an 8-year-old DSP mare, is one of the most genuine and talented horses I have seen. Dana has been competing this mare since 2016 and together they have had numerous top finishes at the one and two-star level. Last fall, they finished 5th at the Ocala Jockey Club CCI2* on their 45.5 dressage score. If they repeat that performance again this weekend, they could be victorious at Bromont. Keep your eye on this duo on the lead up to the 2019 Pan American Games.

Felix Vogg (SUI) & Colero – CCI3*: Felix has been competing in the United States this spring to prepare for this year’s Tryon World Equestrian Games. Felix and Colero, a 10-year-old Westphalian gelding, have has a seriously successful winter/spring season. They finished in 3rd place at the highly competitive Carolina International CIC3*. Colero is a superb athlete and Felix has been producing Colero since 2015 when this horse competed in his first one-star. Felix is very experienced having represented Switzerland at the 2014 WEG and the 2016 Olympics on a different mount. This pair could easily win the CCI3* this weekend and continue on to finish in the top-10 at this year’s WEG.

Allie Knowles (USA) & Business Class – CIC2*: This pair has delivered stellar results at the one and two-star level. Business Class, an 8-year-old ISH gelding, is a world-class quality horse. Allie has plenty of four-star mileage under her belt and has done a great job producing this talented horse since she got the ride in 2017. Last fall, this pair won the Ocala Jockey Club CCI1* on their 40.2 dressage score. Most recently, they finished 7th at the Ocala International CCI2*. They should easily deliver a top-three finish this weekend and it will be exciting to see how they perform at the three-star level in the future.


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