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American Kama Godek Experiences the Highs and Lows of Horses

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All in the Same Class, Winning the FEI CSI2* Speed Class at International Bromont Week Two.

BROMONT, QC - August 3, 2023  - As anyone who spends time with horses will tell you, they keep you humble. You can be winning one minute and in the dirt the next… which is exactly what happened to American Kama Godek Thursday afternoon in the FEI CSI2* Speed class presented by Soltek Equestrian at the International Bromont week 2, at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park.

Godek topped the leaderboard riding Lady Stakkata, executing the course with her nimble little mare in a very efficient time of 61.912 seconds, well ahead of second placed Francois Lamontagne (CAN) and Thunderbird VH Sheefkasteel Z (65.603) and third placed Maude Filiatrault (CAN) with Zambia Z (68.928). 

American Kama Godek speeding to victory with Lady Stakkata in the FEI CSI2* Speed Class presented by Soltek Equestrian, to open the second week of FEI competition in the International Bromont at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park.
© Tom Von Kapherr Photography / Sandra Lachevre

However on second attempt, riding Conny 409, Godek was unable to match the effort Conny made at the second part of the ATP combination, gently rolling over the front of the saddle and landing in the dirt. Thankfully unharmed, both exited the ring under their own power with nothing more bruised than perhaps a little pride.

“That’s horses for you!” Laughed Godek post ride. “I won with one and ended up on the ground with the other… [Conny 409] jumped me right out of the tack!”

Of her round on Lady Stakkata to win the class, Godek mentioned what a great attitude the talented mare brings to the ring every time: “She’s just a fast horse. I don’t have to think anything about speed with her, I just have to navigate the course.

There was an inside turn I didn’t take, I went around and just kept her tempo the same. I just keep her in the tempo she feels comfortable in and I don’t try to change much. She’s always looking for the next jump so as long as I’m in the range — if I’m coming through the turn she’s pulling me to the jump.”

Thursday’s speed class opened the FEI CSI2* division for week two of competition at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park. Plenty of action will run on-site each day through Sunday with highlights including:

Friday - $15,000 CSI2* 1.45m Open Welcome presented by Assante Group El-Chaer (5:00pm) with a ‘4-7’ on the Bistro Aramis Terrace with free hot dogs & beverages for those who wish to watch the class
Saturday - $15,000 Modified Grand Prix; $5,000 Hunter Derby presented by Izada Equestrian (5:00pm on the grass field)
Sunday - U25 Grand Prix; $45,900 Grand Prix CSI2* 1.45 M presented by the Government of Quebec
The fun dog & horse “Canine Equine Challenge” will start at approximately noon each Sunday before the Grand Prix. Sunday’s action from the international ring will be streamed live on the event’s Facebook page

The fun Canine Equine Challenge took place Sunday before the Grand Prix, and will again on August 6 at approximately noon (subject to change.) Sunday from the International Ring will be streamed on the event's Facebook page  © Tom von Kapherr Photography / Kathy Laverdure

About International Bromont
For more than four decades, International Bromont has welcomed renowned riders, the young up-and-coming, passionate amateurs and all horse lovers to the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park. In 2023, the organizers of International Bromont will host international show jumping, driving and dressage across multiple FEI levels up to 3*. For the International Bromont 2023, over 600 horses will compete for over $350,000 in prize money over two weeks. 

Located in the beautiful village of Bromont, Quebec, the spectator-friendly venue is within easy driving distance of Montreal, Quebec and Burlington Vermont. The event provides a wonderful family day out with a vendor area including food trucks.

Young horse and riders regularly compete alongside the best in the world, where men and women compete on equal footing against one another.

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit  

Thank you to our Sponsors
Public partners: Government of Quebec, Ministry of Education/Higher Education of Quebec (MEES), Ministry of Tourism Quebec, Ville de Bromont

Private partners: Assante, Omega Alpha Canada, Cofina, Soltek, Izada, Bruno Delgrange, Serres Yargeau, Jumps USA, Gazébec, ATPLab, Aux Grains, Engel & Volkers.

$2,300 CSI2* 1.40m Speed Class presented by Soltek Equestrian
Lady Stakkata / Kama Godek / USA / 0/61.912
Thunderbird VH Sheefkasteel Z / Francois Lamontagne / CAN / 0/65.603
Zambia Z / Maude Filiatrault / CAN / 0/68.928
Guibet P / Alexandre Cousineau Denis / 0/69.585
RF Most Wanted / Sabrina Lefebvre / CAN / 0/72.811
Lynnford AS / Julia Wiggins / CAN / 0/73.709
Ella Van De Helle / Nicolas Bayzelon / CAN / 4/63.688
Phil V/D Wezelse Heihoeve / David Arcand / CAN / 4/64.271

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