The final day of competition at the 2017 PEDIGREE® Bromont CCI Three Day Event, The Todd Sandler Challenge began with the inspection of 78 horses with just one, Fuzion ridden by Matt Kidney not being accepted but being withdrawn in the hold.
Show jumping which is the final test for horse and rider in the competition went over courses designed by Marc Donovan of Whispering Pines, North Carolina.
Jordan Linstedt, staying out in front from start to finish, adding 1.60 penalties on cross-country and 11 more penalties in the show jumping to win the CCI3* on a final penalty score of 55.80 with the Hanoverian gelding Revitavet Capato.
Even though Linstedt who hails from Redmond, Washington says “it wasn’t maybe the most perfect day” she does not hesitate in saying that “Capato is absolutely incredible”. “It was fun to watch” remarked top Canadian, Jessica Phoenix who rode in the same division remarked on Linstedt and Capato’s round.
One rider that was constantly on the go this weekend with not just one but 6 horses is Olympian, Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Pennsylvannia riding On Cue. The horse is an 11 year old British bred mare, owned by Christine Turner. Martin won the CIC2* on his dressage score of 42.70. When describing his weekend said “It has been an awesome weekend. This is by far one of the best three day events in North America.” Speaking of the cross-country course designer, Martin said “Derek di Grazia builds a wicked awesome track!”.
Allison Springer and Lord Willing (Liam) of Upperville, Virginia on the Holsteiner gelding she got from Kelli Temple completed their final phase of competition and adding 4 penalties to give them a score of 46.20 to win the CCI2*. This was just 0.70 ahead of William Coleman riding the eight year old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Off The Record.
Springer as the winner of the CCI2* division receives the traditional cooler provided by Sandridge Saddlery and the Eaman Perpetual Trophy, a beautiful bronze donated by Debbie and Skip Eaman, long time supporters and dedicated friends of the Bromont CCI.
In the CCI1*, Rachel Wilks and Great Expectations, the 8 year old Irish bred gelding took the red ribbon over the cross-country leader, Kelli Temple on Metallica who have 3 rails in show jumping. Wilks who is based in Summit Point, West Virginia works with Sharon White.
Wilks recieves the Law Family Perpetual Trophy, first given to Alan Law’s grandfather for having won the Montreal Hunt Steeplechase.
At the conclusion of the CCI1* the Ledger Family Award was presented in the main arena.
Offered by Dr. Gaby Ledger and her family to the top amateur rider in the CCI1* division. To be eligible for this award, a rider needs to have a full-time job outside the equestrian world and face the ultimate challenge of balancing their professional responsibilities with the love of eventing.
The winner of the Ledger Family Award for 2017 is Mr. Bruce Lamb from London, Ontario, President and CEO of Avalanche Search Marketing by day and devoted eventer by night.
In all divisions the Stuart Horne Canadian Championship Award was presented to the top Canadian rider and reserve rider in each division. This award is generously sponsored by Bridget Coleman in memory of her father Stuart Horne.
Champion Jessica Ruppel riding Hippique Abu
Reserve: Bradley Champagne riding Wallaroo
Champion: Shelby Brost riding Crimson
Reserve: Waylon Roberts riding Lancaster
Champion: Colleen Loach riding Qorry Blue D’argouges
Reserve: Alexis Murray riding My Principal
Champion: Jessica Phoenix riding Bogue Sound
Get full results here.