January 28, 2009 — Toronto native and three-time Canadian Olympian
Ashley Holzer, who currently resides in New York, NY, won both the
Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle at the CDI-W Gold Coast Opener,
held January 23–25, in Loxahatchee, FL, USA.
Riding Pop Art (Amsterdam x Cabochon), a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood
gelding owned by Rusty Holzer and 2008 Dressage Canada Owner of the
Year recipients, Ian and Moreen Nicoll, Holzer scored 70.298% in the
Grand Prix test. The duo then performed a spectacular Grand Prix
Freestyle to earn 76.250% for the double victory. Holzer’s Freestyle
score was 5.75% higher than her nearest competitor, Mikala Gundersen
riding Leonberg, who earned a score of 70.500% for second.
“I wasn't feeling very well but nonetheless Poppy really helped me out
and did one of the best freestyles he has ever done,” remarked Holzer,
who is currently the highest ranked Canadian rider in the FEI Dressage
Riders’ World Ranking List in ninth position. “It was clean and
expressive. His piaffe and passage were fabulous and without tension.
His lack of tension enabled me to have a much better walk tour as well.”
The Grand Prix Freestyle test also saw Tina Irwin of Lakefield, ON, and
her long-time partner Amicelli (Amigo x Calypso III), a 13-year-old
Holsteiner gelding owned by Ute Busse, finish with a score of 65.400%.
The next CDI dressage competition for Holzer and Irwin is CDI 5* Exquis
World Dressage Masters, held January 28–31, 2009 in Wellington, FL,
where they will go head to head against many of the world’s top
dressage riders including the reigning Olympic and World Champion, Anky
van Grunsven of Holland.
The international judging panel included Canada’s Cara Whitham (FEI O)
and was also comprised of Stephen Clarke (FEI O—GBR), Linda Zang
(FEI O—USA), Angelika Froemming (FEI I—GER), Bo Jena (FEI I—SWE) and
Anne Gribbons (FEI O—USA).
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