Equestrianism: Leslie Howard claims victory in the FEI 1m50 at International Bromont

BROMONT, QUEBEC (Phelps) – American Leslie Howard dominated in the first FEI event at International Bromont today, beating Canadian young rider Ben Asselin to the punch.

A breakaway win

Today’s 1m50 class featured 30 horse/rider teams on a course signed by designer Leopoldo Palacios. In the end, only five qualified for the jump-off.

First on the course, England’s Tim Gredley establishes the time to beat with a clear round in 43.13 seconds. Not before Ben Asselin executed a perfect round in 42.97 seconds on his mount Rush did Gredley lose first place.

Last rider on the course, Leslie Howard came out at full speed with Utah; going through the obstacles quickly, she saved precious seconds taking a very tight turn mid-course. Her final time of 39.40 seconds gave her first place in this FEI 1m 50 show jumping event.

A chance for revenge

International riders at the Bromont show will have a chance to compete against each other once again tomorrow, July 20, in the second Open Jumper 1m50, the last FEI event before the BonjourQuébec.com World Cup qualifier on Sunday July 22.

Tomorrow’s competitions will conclude with the Talent Squad; as well as the Canadian Equestrian Team Medal, presented by Burkman Capital.

International Bromont promises an unforgettable 2012 edition with five FEI events, the return of the Royal Canin Challenge on both Sundays, as well as its two new events. For more details on the programme, visit our Internet site at www.internationalbromont.org.

1st Leslie Howard / Utah 0-0, 39’40                                5th Peter Leone / Lincourt Gino 0-4, 41’24

2nd Ben Asselin / Rush 0-0, 42’97                                 6th Amy Millar / Ferraro K

3rd Tim Gredley / Unex Chamberlain Z 0-0, 43’13            7th Angela Covert-Lawrence / Utan

4th Taylor Mc Murtry / Just An Illusion 0-0, 44’84            8th Tatiana Dzavik / Cat Walk 19

International Bromont, a leader in Hunter/Jumper events, offers two weeks of competitions from July 18th to 22nd and July 25th to 29th 2012 and, as for the last 37 years, this event will take place in the Eastern Townships region of Quebec, a short distance from the Vermont border. It is the biggest horseshow in Eastern Canada with a total prize money of over $450 000 and one of five major Canadian events on the World Cup circuit. International Bromont would like to thank the Ministère de l’Éducation du Loisir et du Sport and the Ministère du Tourisme du Québec for their support.