We pretend to go to the horse show but everyone really knows it’s a circus!
Bring on the clowns! And the horses too!
Every Friday Counter-Canter Culture features the important US and International Horse Shows currently under way.
Just about fifty miles outside of Montreal lies an equestrian park that is primed to once capture the hearts and minds of the equestrian nation. Maybe you’ve heard of it, or maybe not, but as the name suggests The Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park served as the home of equestrian competition at the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympic Games.
Now, nearly forty years later, Bromont is still at the top of its game, recently being named the venue for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games. This marks the first time the World Equestrian Games will be held in Canada, and only the second time they will take place outside of Europe since the first Games were held in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1990.
So as you are coming down from your Normandy high in September, you can already be gearing up for this!
But long before the World Equestrian Games will grace the Bromont stage, many excellent equestrian competitions will call this equestrian park home, not the least of which is the International Bromont. The 39th edition of this three-week long hunter and jumper tournament kicked off yesterday and will continue through July 27th.
Week one, which was just added last year, will see national level competition for Canadian equestrians. Then starting next week, things really heat up with no less than 6 FEI events, including a World Cup qualifier and a Grand Prix, taking center stage. The Quebec Original World Cup qualifying event, set to take place on the final day of competition, is by far the highlight of the season.
Last year, Irishman Andrew Bourns took first place aboard Gatsby. Only three of the twenty-eight participating pairs made it to the jump off phase, and Bourns had one of only two clear rounds in the jump off. Watch Bourns and Gatsby on their way to this well deserved victory for this pair in the video below.
Then get to know the greater ground of Bromont with this footage of Elisa Wallace and Simply Priceless aka Johnny riding cross country in the CCI*** division at the 2014 Bromont International Three Day Event. It’s fun to compare the complexity you can appreciate in the first helmet cam video with how easy this pair makes it look from the ground in the second video.
Anxious for more action from Bromont? Get out to the equestrian park with your family if you can! In addition to world-class competition, Bromont spectators are treated to a petting zoo experience, the Just World Horseless Horse Show, and a fine array of equestrian boutiques. For more information and to plan your visit, click here to head over to the International Bromont website.