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Friday, June 20, 2014: Harnesses are oiled and rubbed to a leathery sheen. Buckles are polished to a glistening sparkle. Carriages are washed and hand-dried to gleaming perfection. Families dress in their finest raiment, throwing the scene in the heart of the Eastern Townships of Quebec back in time to a gentler age. The horses, alert, highly trained and beautifully groomed, patiently await the moments of glory to come… the Driving event at the Bromont Equestrian Park.

The CAI 2* is a three-day event combining dressage, marathon (cross country), and obstacles, and is a qualifier for North Americans for the World Championships. Events such as these keep the traditions and disciplines of the horse-and-carriage alive.

Dressage is a technical discipline involving a series of complicated movements (such as maneuvering the carriage in reverse), which are carefully scrutinised by the judges. Competitors, dressed for the part, are as beautiful to behold…

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And the winner is……
Thanks Tom von Kapherr, my partner and photographer/videographer this weekend for this great post.

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CCI Win Jessica Phoenix with A Little Romance during the awards ceremony.

Jessica Phoenix of Uxbridge Ontario, riding A Little Romance, took the red ribbon at the CCI Three-Star Equestrian event in Bromont, Quebec this past Sunday.  The three-day event combines the disciplines of Dressage, Cross-Country, and Jumping; the best combined score wins!  For many, this event is also a qualifier for the World Championships and the next Olympics.  Riders from many countries converged on Bromont, considered one of the best equestrian facilities in the world, to compete.  Spectators were thrilled to watch the competition come down to the last rider, on the last day to decide the winner.

DSC_0126_1[1] Jessica during her winning ride at Bromont. Vickie Kayuk of Full Horse.com and Country Rider Radio joined me to cover the entire CCI Three-Star event.  Over the next few days, I will share pictures, video footage and recorded interviews, to give you a…

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