American rider Leslie Howard and her mount Donna Speciale did not give their fellow International Bromont competitors a chance at the opening CSI3* event, presented by the town of Bromont at the Olympic Equestrian Park. The pair won the Bromont CSI3* Open Welcome.

Twenty-nine horse-rider combinations took part in the opening event sanctioned by the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI). The course by FEI4* designer Leopoldo Palacios (VEN) was a real challenge: with 12 obstacles for 15 efforts, including three double combinations, as well as a series of technical turns, where only eight pairs made it to the jump-off.

The fastest in the first round, Andrew Kocher, who made it to the second round with both mounts, gets 8 penalty points with Abelone O.T. Lowlands Z, his eight-year-old Zangersheide mare, giving Daniel Coyle and Farrel the chance to establish the time to beat with a clear round in 37.63 seconds. The following pairs are unable to do better. Leslie Burr Howard then comes in the ring with Donna Speciale, an eleven-year-old KWPN mare, owned by Laure Sudreau-Rippe & Peter Howard. An experienced rider known for her speed, she rushes forward with her mount. Manoeuvring around the turns with skills and overcoming the course’s challenges, Leslie Howard and Donna Speciale take the lead with a perfect round in an unbelievably fast time of 34.72 seconds, leaving their competitors no room to manoeuvre.

The International Bromont offers classes for all levels until Sunday, while FEI sanctioned events will take place on Friday and Sunday. The show will present its second week from July 31 until August 4, 2019.

International Bromont is the only horse show offering events sanctioned by the Fédération Équestre Internationale in show jumping in Quebec, in addition to crowd favourites like the equine-canine challenge, as well as activities for the whole family on Saturdays and Sundays (Grafella show, petting zoo, pony rides and inflatable games).

Bromont CSI3* Open Welcome presented by the town of Bromont
1. Leslie Burr Howard (USA) / Donna Speciale 0-0, 34.72
2. Andrew Kocher (USA) / Coldplay 31 0-0, 36.09
3. Daniel Coyle (IRL) / Farrel 0-0, 37.63
4. Keean White (CAN) / Tahiorn 0-0 37.77
5. Christine McCrea (USA) / Dali de Vy 0-0, 38.00
6. Christine McCrea (USA) / Jarcobond Van Den Oude Eik 0-0, 39.56
7. Jonathan McCrea (USA) / Pewit Nono 0-4, 40.89
8. Andrew Kocher (USA) / Abelone O.T. Lowlands Z 0-8, 37.76