John’s already in Canada, gearing up for a weekend full of Quebec-flavored eventing excitement. He kicks things off today with a virtual course walk.
Top photo: You won’t find a more beautiful look out of a start box anywhere in the world
Bromont course designer Derek Di Grazia and his team of Bromont course builders have done another spectacular job preparing the courses here at Bromont. The jump craftsmanship rivals anything I have seen in all my years as an eventer. Footing. I didn’t notice the footing for the first four jumps, which is to say it is exactly what I would expect and want from Bromont. If it rains any more this week the footing could potentially get a bit slick in lower parts of the course.
Notably, the CCI3* and CIC3* courses are quite a bit different. The Olympic hopefuls that do decide to run cross-country will enjoy a much lighter track since they are in the CIC3* division. With so many top horses in the CIC3* instead of the CCI3*, I expect that the CCI3* scoreboard will be significantly jumbled up on Saturday. In stark contrast to Rolex, the first two major 3* combinations are tests of straightness, and I think that will let the horses settle into much more of a rhythm early. And now for your CCI3* course photos, click on each photo for a larger view:
As a quick note, the 2012 horse trials is being held next weekend rather than during the three-day. The good news is that we won’t have a repeat of last year when I was probably a bit too honest to two training level young riders. They came back wide eyed from their first course walk and I told them that the training level corner was the biggest training corner I had ever seen and that I would be flat out terrified to ride it on a training level horse. Go eventing.