John is on the scene at the Bromont Three-Day Event in Quebec this weekend, bring us all the latest. Here’s his roundup of the CCI3*** dressage.
Just six pairs competed in the CCI3* afternoon session at Bromont. Jon Holling and Downtown Harrison of Ocala, Florida moved into the CCI3*on a 46.0. I didn’t mention Jon and Downtown Harrison (“Will”) in my CCI3* preview and I clearly should have. Will was forward, rhythmical, and accurate, and they absolutely deserved the 46.0. Jon even rode through a giant black fly that landed on Will in the beginning of the test. When Jon left the arena he gave the “OK” sign with his hand to indicate the size of the fly–Rick Wallace turned to me and said “I guess I’m going to wear fly spray tomorrow.” Jon and Will had terrible luck last year to barely miss a trip to the Pan American Games and it’s great to see them having a quality weekend so far here at Bromont. In other news, I was fascinated to hear Bromont’s multilingual announcer Geoff Morgan announce that Jon is a big Miley Cyrus fan. This one’s for you, Jon.
Michael Pollard and Hanni moved into second, just behind Jon and Will. Phillip Dutton and Atlas, owned by Tom Tierney, are third behind Michael after a test that was a picture of relaxed movement. It’s safe to consider Atlas another nice horse on the flat for Phillip. Phillip’s veterinarian and regular advanced competitor Kevin Keane moved into 8th on a 58.2. Kevin and Fernhill Flutter get better every single time I see them. EN writer Jessica Bortner-Harris stepped into 9th, one spot behind Kevin, aboard Win The War. Mark “Bug” down as a horse to watch if you are going to be out on the cross-country on Saturday.
Bromont CCI3* Dressage Scores:
1. Jon Holling and Downtown Harrison 46.0
2. Michael Pollard and Schoensgreen Hanni 48.2
3. Phillip Dutton and Atlas 49.6
4. Danielle Dichting and Tops 51.2
5. Boyd Martin and Trading Aces 51.6
6. Buck Davidson and The Apprentice 53.0
[Full Bromont Scores]
Your CCI3* photo gallery, with the usual apologies to the riders for terrible photos. Photo snobs, avert your eyes. Click on each photo to enlarge:
The CCI* division continues this afternoon and Alexandra Green and Falkonet of Tennessee are the current leaders. See below for a recap and videos of the morning CCI3* rides. The CIC3* dressage begins at 9am ET Friday morning. Go eventing.