International Bromont: Leslie Howard and Donna Speciale Gallop to Victory

Bromont, July 25, 2019 – American athlete Leslie Howard and her mount Donna Speciale did not give their fellow competitors a chance at the opening CSI3* event presented by the town of Bromont at the Olympic Equestrian Park.
Welcome to Bromont
Twenty-nine horse-rider pairs took part in the opening event sanctioned by the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI). The course by FEI4* designer Leopoldo Palacios (VEN) was a challenging 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, earned 8 penalty points with Abelone O.T. Lowlands Z, his 8-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 were unable to do better. Leslie Burr Howard then came in the ring with Donna Speciale, an 11-year-old KWPN mare, owned by Laure Sudreau-Rippe & Peter Howard. An experienced rider known for her speed, she rushed forward with her mount. Maneuvering around the turns with skill and overcoming the course’s challenges, Leslie Howard and Donna Speciale took the lead with a perfect round in an unbelievably fast time of 34.72 seconds, leaving their competitors no room to maneuver.
Events Throughout the Week
The International Bromont offers classes for all levels until Sunday, while Fédération Équestre Internationale (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 favorites 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).
About International Bromont 
International Bromont presents its 44th edition in the picturesque setting of the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, in the heart of the beautiful region of the Eastern Townships. For more information and details about the program visit www.internationalbromont.org.
International Bromont would like to thank the Ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur, the Ministère du Tourisme du Québec; the town of Bromont, Assante and all it’s partners for their support.
About Association équestre Centaure
Association équestre Centaure is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of promoting equestrian sports, particularly the classic equitation disciplines, through sports events at the regional, national and international levels. Association équestre Centaure is the only Quebec organization presenting events sanctioned by the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) in show jumping, dressage and driving.
Association équestre Centaure would like to thank its major partners, the Ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, the Ministère du Tourisme du Québec and the Town of Bromont for their support, as well as its partners Assante, Olymel, Cofia, Cascade, Volta and donors Marcel Lessard and Jacques Marchand
Results – 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