Top six triumphant moments from the Mars International Bromont Three-Day Event – Originally Posted on EVENTING CONNECT
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This year’s Bromont Three-Day Event was filled with highs and lows for riders across the leaderboard. Some riders were competing at Bromont to try and secure a spot on their respective nations’ World Equestrian Games team and other riders were earning their first CCI1* completion.
Let’s take a moment and celebrate the “Top 10 triumphant moments” at Bromont this year.
1) Jenny Caras (USA) and Fernhill Fortitude show jumping a double clear round to win the CCI3*. This pair added only 2 cross-country time penalties to their 34.9 dressage score to move up from 8th after dressage into 2nd heading into show jumping. A flawless double clear show jumping round moved them into the lead to win it all. This was their fifth CCI3* completion and their first win at the three-star level.
2) Ariel Grald (USA) finishing her first CCI3* with Leamore Master Plan in 4th place. They only added 8 cross-country time penalties to their 38.3 dressage score to move from 13th after dressage into the top-five. Just finishing your first CCI3* is a huge accomplishment but to do so without a jumping fault and a top-five placing is a major accomplishment.
3) Jessica Phoenix (CAN) and Bentley’s Best winning the CIC2* on home turf. Jessica was the only Canadian at this Canadian event to deliver a win. This pair finished on their 30.0 dressage score to climb the leaderboard from 3rd after dressage into pole position. The Canadian team selectors will certainly be eyeing this duo for next year’s Pan American Games.
4) Cornelia Dorr (USA) and Sir Patico MH defying gravity at the first water complex to pull off the ‘save’ of the weekend. Cornelia and Sir Patico were competing in the CCI3* and finished 12th overall. But their weekend almost came to an abrupt end at the first water complex when they had a mega awkward jump in. Even after watching the video below in slow motion I still don’t know how they pulled off the save. What a cool pair!
The save of the weekend. Featuring Cornelia Dorr and Sir Patico MH.
5) Holly Jacks Smither (USA) and Candy King delivering a 2nd place finish in the CCI1*. Last week, I predicted this pair would easily finish inside the top-five and they did just that. They finished on their 27.2 dressage score to end the weekend in an impressive 2nd place. They were the highest placed Canadian pair across all of the CCI divisions. This is such an exciting pair and I see Canadian teams in their future.
6) Charlotte Collier (USA) and Clifford M finishing on their 39.7 dressage score in CCI2* to move from 29th after dressage in to 8th. The cross-country course for the CCI2* division took its toll on the leaderboard, with only 12 pairs out of 32 starters finishing with a double clear. Charlotte and Clifford M blazed around cross-country and then came out the next day and show jumped a fault-free round. This pair made the biggest climb up the leaderboad over the weekend and their 8th place finish was well-deserved.