Ten lucky riders have been offered the opportunity to pack their bags and head to the MARS Bromont CCI in Quebec this June 7–11 as this year’s recipients of the MARS Bromont Rising U25 Scholarship Program.
Each participant will receive $2,500 toward their travel and competition costs while participating in an extensive educational program during the event. The program will include coaching with three-time German Olympic team member Bettina Hoy and Program Director, Olympian, and FEI five-star eventing judge Peter Gray.
Hoy will coach athletes on dressage days and provide course walks for cross-country and show jumping. Grey, a clinician at each scholarship event, will conduct “centreline sessions” teaching riders how to make the most of their warm-up and breaking down exactly what the judges are looking for movement by movement.
“I was thrilled to receive so many top tier applications from athletes around North America; this emerging group of talent is the future of our sport,” said Grey. “There is such a fantastic international atmosphere at Bromont, and with world-class coaching from Bettina Hoy, it should be a memorable weekend.”
As the brainchild of Bromont organizer Sue Ockendon and the late Steve Blauner, the scholarship program, which began in 2019, currently offers grants for riders competing at Bromont (Quebec), Ocala (Florida), and Galway Downs (California).
This year’s MARS Bromont CCI recipients include:
- Lea Adams-Blackmore (Summit Point, WV) with Frostbite
- Elle Choate (Clemson, SC) with Paddrick
- Maya Clarkson (Santa Cruz, CA) with Maks Mojo C
- Jack Curtis (Chester County, PA) with Luska Candy Clover
- Sam Curtis (Chester County, PA) with Blyths Centurion FE
- Samantha Homeyer (Markham, VA) with Final Notice
- Cassandra Leblanc (Quebec City, QC) with Riffel
- Caitlin O’Roark (Centerville, VA) with What The Devil
- Nadia Sabot (Uxbridge, ON) with Neverquitdreaming
- Sara Schulman (Purcellville, VA) with Cooley Chromatic
Applications are now being accepted (through September 1, 2023) for the second round of funding for Galway Downs (California, USA) in November. Canadian and US U25 riders competing at any level of FEI competition are eligible to apply.
For more information on the MARS Bromont Rising program visit www.bromontcci.com