Leslie Howard Steals the Victory in the Desjardins Speed Derby at International Bromont

Leslie Howard et Lennox Lewis 2. Credit: Normand St-Jacques

Bromont, July 24, 2012 – American rider Leslie Howard, who won the first FEI Open Jumper 1m50 this week, presented by the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, enjoys victory again in the Desjardins Speed Derby, winning with a comfortable six-second margin.

A high-energy course

The Speed Derby’s course, built in two rings, added a challenge for the horses by using the walkway to cross over. Twenty-two horse/rider teams participated, including Leslie Howard, a serious competitor where speed is involved; as well as St-Eustache rider François Lamontagne, renowned for his love of speed.

Leslie Howard, third in the order of go, posts a round with 4 penalty faults in 124.40 seconds, a time that will prove hard to beat. First contender to execute a clear round, Nathalie Mathers and her mount Windline lead the class with a respectable time of 126.53 seconds. François Lamontagne’s entry on Carriere Z almost took away the lead, posting the best time without penalty faults, until an unfortunate bar fell 2/3 into his round. With 119.28 seconds, he posts the second best time of the event. Leslie Howard’s return on her second mount, Lennox Lewis 2, marks a turning point: with a time of 120.30 seconds and a clear round, she takes possession of first place.

The first week of International Bromont will conclude tomorrow with the presentation of the FEI BonjourQuébec.com World Cup event, offering $ 100 000 in prize divided between 15 riders, starting at 2h30. The qualifier will be preceded by the Royal Canin Challenge, in collaboration with the Club d’agilité de la Montérégie.

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.

The International Bromont, a Hunter and Jumper competition, presents its thirty-seventh edition at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, from July 18 to 22, and July 25 to 29, 2012. 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. Admission is $10 per person and free for children under 12 years old.

1st Leslie Howard/Lennox Lewis 2 0, 120.30
2ndNathalie Mathers/Windline 0,126.53
3rd Hillary Simpson/Arkansas 4, 117.89
4th François Lamontagne/Carriere Z 4, 119.28
5th Leslie Howard/Feeling 4, 124, 40
6th Melissandre Lincourt / S Class 4, 129.84
7th Peter Leone/Wayfarer 4, 130.63
8th Quentin Judge/HH Sandor 8, 123.12

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.

For more information visit our website at: www.internationalbromont.org.

Media Contact: Mason Phelps
Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
phone 561.753.3389  fax 561.753.3386

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