Sunday, July 25, 2010

International Bromont, July 21st to August 1st : 35 Years of Equestrian Sport History

First and foremost equestrian competition in Eastern Canada, the International Bromont welcomes the world starting July 21st for two whole weeks until August 1st, 2010, at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park. This much awaited international rendez-vous is already a fixture in this country’s equestrian sports history.

35 years ago, in 1976, the Montreal Olympic Games brought the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park alive. From the only olympic venue still in function worldwide, the 2010 Edition of the International Bromont promises to be momentous for one and all. Thanks to an important investment from the Government of Québec, hand in hand with the support of Investissement Québec, the venue now boasts new infrastructures offering a superior experience to riders, horses, and spectators alike. Thus, the International Arena, now sporting a surface identical to the one from the Beijing Olympics, will welcome the greatest equestrians from Canada, the United States, and also from France, Belgium, Venezuela, Columbia, and for the first time ever, riders from Russia and Austria! Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park’s reputation is crossing the Atlantic!

Returning to his home town, Mario Deslauriers, along with Canadian team representatives Beth Underhill, Yann Candele, Mac Cone, Jay Hayes, and also proud up-and-comers David Arcand, François Lamontagne and Billie Derouet, aim to lead their mounts to the podium among the international elite. « In order to be competitive, we have to offer the latest in quality design, and installations worthy of the level of riders and horses we welcome » said Roger Deslauriers, General Manager of the International Bromont. This stickler for excellence reaped its just reward: the Fédération équestre internationale (FEI) selected July’s 25th Bonjour Québec as a qualifying test for the 2011 World Cup. The FEI also designated the August 1st Grand-Prix as a qualifying round for the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, in addition to being, for the very first time, a qualifying test for the European Championships to take place in Madrid in 2011.

Thanks to the support from the City of Bromont, Tourisme Québec and sponsors such as Via Rail, Bobcat and Cheval Blanc, among others, the International Bromont will offer more than $400,000 in prize. Among the highlights, the July 23rd Talent Squad Series will headline promising up-and-comers, followed by a 1.50 m test. The ever popular Speed Derby will bring the house down on July 24th, hot on the heels of the World Cup qualifyer on July 25th. From July 30th, the second week will host FEI-recognized events, followed on July 31st by the Via Rail Double Slalom and the Modified Grand-Prix. The International Bromont will end its 35th Edition in style, presenting the much awaited Grand-Prix. Will Mario Deslauriers repeat his feat of the two last seasons and claim victory? Spectators will be there to cheer him on.

The crowd will be at the heart of the action. Indeed, spectators’ welcome was a trop priority of the site’smajor renovations. The bleachers from 1976 were transformed into majestic spectator platforms equipped to welcome more than 5,000 visitors. « Our foremost goal was to bring the public closer to the action» says Roger Deslauriers. He further states enthusiastically, « people will feel the horse’s canter, they will even hear the rider speak! »

Without a doubt, this 35th Edition of the International Bromont is quite promising. Jump into the action to live this page of equestrian history, from July 21st to August 1st , 2010. For information : Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, 450 chemin de Gaspé, 450 534-0787, info@internationalbromont.org, www.internationalbromont.org

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