Canadian Ali Ramsay and her mount Lutz won their first Grand Prix together today at the International Bromont, on a magnificent court, despite weather conditions.
Due to a thunderstorm, the International Bromont Grand Prix had to be interrupted and the heavy rain (more than 14 mm in 20 minutes) looked like it might compromise the return to competition, but the excellent quality of the footing allowed the continuation of activities on an course better than ever. In fact, 35 minutes after the announcement of the restart of the class, the international ring was drained and ready for the waiting participating pairs.
The course designed by Leopoldo Palacios (VEN) allowed only 6 pairs to advance to the jump-off: Canadians Ali Ramsay with Lutz and Keean White with Corette and Tahiorn, Americans Leslie Burr-Howard with Donna Speciale and Christine McCrea with Dali de Vy, as well as Irishman Daniel Coyle.
The first two pairs on the course, Christine McCrea/Dali de Vy & Keean White/Tahiorn both incur 8 penalty faults over obstacles, leaving the door open for the following competitors. Daniel Coyle and CHS Krooze put pressure on as they rush forward and execute a clear round in the fastest time. However, their advance is short-lived, as the following pair, Ali Ramsay and Lutz successfully get ahead by a few tenths of a second.
Leslie Howard, who won the welcome event on Thursday with Donna Speciale, and finished second at the CSI3* Classic on Friday, took fourth place this time.
The second and last week of International Bromont will take place from Wednesday, July 31 to Sunday, August 4, 2019. The event will culminate with the presentation of the International Bromont CSI3* Grand Prix, offering more than $130,000 in prize money.
CSI3* Grand Prix presented by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement Supérieur
1. Ali Ramsay (CAN) / Lutz 0-0, 42.08
2. Daniel Coyle (IRL) / CHS Krooze 0-0, 42.20
3. Keean White (CAN) / Corette 0-4, 42.84
4. Leslie Burr Howard (USA) / Donna Speciale 0-4, 43.20
5. Keean White (CAN) / Tahiorn 0-8, 45.90
6. Christine McCrea (USA) / Dali de Vy 0-8, 53.70
7. Jill Henselwood (CAN) / Eblesse 1, 86.34
8. Daniel Coyle (IRL) / Farrel 1, 86.79