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Rebecca Walton
August 9, 2015
Behind the Scenes at International Bromont
By Rebecca Walton
Sunday, August 9, 2015 :: Posted 10:34:06 AM EDT


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© Rebecca Walton: Two Jumper RingsParc Équestre Bromont

Bromont, Quebec – August 9, 2015 – I have finally made my first trip to the Parc Équestre Bromont, host of the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games. I am here for the very first qualifying event for the new World Cup North-American League, but I took the opportunity to explore the venue and see what awaits us in 2018.

My first impression is that the location is absolutely stunning. Bromont is a small ski town in Canada, and offers all of the quaint charm you would expect. One person described it to me as Vermont in Canada, and I would say that is pretty accurate.

I had the good fortune of getting a complete tour of the over 500 acre facility by Leopoldo Palacios, who is part of the WEG organizing committee. Follow along with us and check what has already been done, and what is coming at this incredible location!

© Rebecca Walton: VIP International Ring

VIP View of International Ring: The main ring at Bromont is complete, and is very large with new drainage, and new footing will be added later this year. You can see from the photo at the top of the article where the VIP tent is located. In September, the tent will be removed to begin construction on the main building for WEG, which will house offices, the judges and announcers area, and VIP boxes. The main grandstand will be on the hill with the Bromont sign where there are currently bleachers. 

© Rebecca Walton: Hunter LandHunter Land: Here you can see the three rings that currently make up "Hunter Land." It is very close to the main arena, and in September, this will be where organizers break ground for the new Indoor Arena, which will hosting reining and vaulting. There will be stabling for those horses behind the arena.

© Rebecca Walton: FEI StablingFEI Stabling: Here you can see two permanent barns, and there are warm-up areas in front of them. The stables will be remaining and the rings used for essential parking.

© Rebecca Walton: Tent Stabling
Tent Stabling: These tents will come down to make room for more permament stabling, enough to hold over 500 horses, which will include the horses for Show Jumping, Dressage, Eventing and Endurance.

© Rebecca Walton: Future Hunter Land

Future Hunter Land: As you can see the tent stabling below, there are three plateaus, which will be made into three rings. They will eventually be two hunter rings and a warm-up, but for the Games the rings will be large enough to host eight dressage arenas for schooling.

© Rebecca Walton: Galloping Lanes

Galloping Lanes: The Parc Équestre Bromont is already host to a major CCI3* Event each year. The galloping lanes and many of the jumps are already in place and ready to go, as you can see here.

© Rebecca Walton: Cross Country FieldCross Country Field: Another field where the cross country track will go. I was very surprised by how large Bromont is.

© Rebecca Walton: Riders HackingRiders Hacking: Did I mention how much land there is? A very horse friendly venue with lots of space to hack out.

© Rebecca Walton: Olympic Piano Jump

Olympic Piano Jump: This jump is from the 1976 Olympics, and Palacios hopes to use it in 2018.

© Rebecca Walton: Driving Ring

Driving Ring: Across the street from the main arena will be the rings for Driving and Para. The grass ring you see here will remain as the Driving ring for the Dressage and Cones phases. Next to it will be a sand ring, used for warm-up during Driving, and will be the main arena for Para-Dressage. There will also be stabling built for those horses at this location.

© Rebecca Walton: Vendor Row

Vendor Row: Currently located just behind the VIP Tent, the area designated for Vendor Row will be part of the new building, but the area beind that, which is currently used for parking, will be the Games Village, hosting vendors and performances.

It is important to note how close everything is. The Main Arena, the Indoor Arena, and the Games Village are all right next to each other. Just across the street is Driving and Para, and Cross Country is just past the Indoor Arena area. A welcome change from Normandy! BUT - there will be very limited parking on site. There is parking for 70,000 about 10 minutes away, and everyone will be bused in using special Games routes.

And now, a little few more images to show what makes International Bromont so special!

© Rebecca Walton: Family FunFamily Fun: Pony Rides, Petting Zoo and Bounce House

© Rebecca Walton: Bounce House Bounce Houses

© Rebecca Walton: GoatGoat

© Rebecca Walton: LlamaLlama

© Rebecca Walton: MascotMascot greeting everyone at the VIP Area

© Rebecca Walton: Longines HorseLongines Horse

© Rebecca Walton: Bareback Pony RidersWinners of the Bareback Pony Finals

© Rebecca Walton: International Ring EntranceInternational Ring Entrance

© Rebecca Walton: Riders LoungeRiders Lounge

© Rebecca Walton: Jumper AnnexJumper Annex

© Rebecca Walton: BromontThe famous Bromont Olympic sign

© Rebecca Walton: Leopoldo Palcios

And last but not least, a special thanks to my tour guide, Leopoldo Palacios, for taking the time to show me the property and talk about everything that is coming in 2018! PhelpsSports.com can't wait!

For more information, please visit http://www.parcequestrebromont.org/en/the-park/future-projects.

 


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