Thursday, July 21, 2011

International Bromont 2011: a first weekend to follow

Bromont, July 21st, 2011 – Classes of the second day of International Bromont are just ending and it is
time for riders participating in FEI events on the weekend to come forward for their first run in the ring.

Horses registered in the international classes of the weekend, mainly the 1m50 on Friday July 22nd and
the long awaited World Cup qualifier BonjourQuébec.com on Sunday July 24th all have to pass Thursday evening’s jog. “The jog is a test done to confirm that participating horses are healthy. It is mandatory for all horses of international level. If they do not show up or fail, they cannot compete in the show’s FEI classes”, explains Dr. Yves Rossier, veterinary certified by the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI). Simply put an unhealthy physical condition whether lameness or sickness, results in a failed test.

Classes starting this Friday are some of the highlights of the International Bromont. July 22nd will end on a high note with the Talent Squad, a qualifier for the Jump Canada Talent Squad Championships, an event for the most promising riders on the National circuit. “With the Talent Squad circuit, Equine Canada, the National Federation, aims to develop our young riders’ potential and enable them to reach international level”, points out show manager and level 3 coach Roger Deslauriers.

The FEI sanctioned 1m50 class, which allows riders to accumulate valuable points towards their world
ranking, will take place immediately following the Talent Squad. The final event, in the International Ring, will give emerging riders a chance to perfect their skills, as they participate in the Canadian Equestrian Team (CET) Medal class, sponsored by Burkman Capital.

Thursday’s classes featured a high number of riders, despite the high temperature. Amongst riders
competing at higher levels, Quebec young rider Sarah Lemieux finished fourth in the 1m30 class of
seventeen participants, while in the 1m40 Open class, the day’s highest level, American Andrew Welles
on Boo Van Het Kastanjehof, came in first place.

The International Bromont, with its novel attractions and revised programming, is eagerly awaiting visitors for two weeks of unequalled competitions in Quebec.

International Bromont, the bar is high! This 36th edition will take place at the Bromont Equestrian Olympic Park. $10 per person and free for children under 12. For more information: www.internationalbromont.org.