You’ve got 4 fences. If they’re not settled by then, you’re going to have problems. That was my initial thought when I walked the Bromont CCI 1* xc course yesterday. Bromont is known for its challenging 1* course and this year’s is no exception.
Fence 4 sits at the top of a hill with a significant slope to the landing side. It is a hanging log with a couple of shrubs placed underneath it. If you don’t have your horse’s attention or if they are pulling, then you might see yourself with a bit of a sticky jump.
The first combination is 5ab – at the bottom of the hill after coming down over 4 – is a decent forward 4 strides out over an angle.
No rest for the wicked as then you have a single fence, round a tight turn to the left and are met with 7abc. The Coffin.
The coffin is a log, one stride to the ditch and then a forward 2 up and over a brush. It walks really nicely, however, yes, it is the coffin, so it obviously needs the respect it deserves. I think it will ride well so long as you have a nice strong positive ride to the first element.
One that might catch some off guard, is #9. It is another hanging log, over a ditch that goes from a wide open field into the woods. The ditch is filled with light grey sand and the horses are jumping from grass to dirt and from light to dark. The more overcast it is tomorrow, the better this fence will ride.
12abc is the first water complex for the 1* course….It is interesting to say the least. You have a duck at the a element, one stride to a log/drop in and then the c is another duck. I am curious to see if the riders choose to angle out over the c element or make a wider turn and come at it more directly.
Another part of the course which might catch some off guard is the last combination, 20ab. This combo is one jump away from home and the horses and riders are going to be more on the tired side at this point. The b is a rather large corner which shouldn’t be taken for granted.
So, our 1* riders are looking at a 3640 meter course at 520 meters/minute over challenging terrain. Challenging in the sense it is hilly, there are changes in footing, and because of the nasty weather, the footing will be a little harder going in some places. You’re going to be wanting a fit, bold and honest horse to get around this course without any problems.
All the best to all the riders here tomorrow. May you all come home safely, without any faults and with smiles on your face.