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"Canada's three time Olympian Ashley Holzer and her Olympic mount Pop Art scored another double victory in the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle at CDI 3* at CDI 3* Royal Horse Show held at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, November 6–15, 2009, in Toronto, ON.”  Photo Credit—Cealy TetleyNovember 23, 2009 — Canada's three time Olympian Ashley Holzer and her 2008 Olympic mount Pop Art scored a double victory at the CDI 3* Royal Horse Show held at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, November 6–15, 2009, in Toronto, ON.

Holzer, originally from Toronto, ON, now a current resident of New York, NY, started the competition off on November 11 by winning the Grand Prix class aboard Pop Art (Amsterdam x Cabochon), a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Rusty Holzer and Moreen Nicoll. Their score was 71.830%. Holzer or Pop Art continued to dominate the following day in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a 75.850%, the highest score of the competition.
"Canada's three time Olympian Ashley Holzer and her Olympic mount Pop Art scored another double victory in the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle at CDI 3* at CDI 3* Royal Horse Show held at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, November 6–15, 2009, in Toronto, ON.”  Photo Credit—Cealy Tetley
“I would just like to thank the great fans of dressage that came to watch us at the Royal. It’s so wonderful to ride in front of a home crowd. Poppy and I both loved it,” said Holzer, who is currently in 15th spot on the FEI Dressage Riders’ World Ranking List.

Holzer was also awarded the inaugural Ian Nicoll Memorial Trophy, created in memory of her father. The trophy will be awarded annually to the highest ranked Canadian dressage rider on the FEI Dressage Riders’ World Ranking List competing at the CDI 3* Royal Horse Show.

“It was also such an honour that the Royal created a trophy in my father’s name. My family was so touched, and my father was smiling in heaven,” added Holzer.

Denielle Gallagher-Legriffon, originally from Lakeside, NB, and currently residing in Suffern, NY, and Abrikos, her 18-year-old Russian Warmblood stallion, posted a third place finish in the Grand Prix with 64.936%. The duo then earned their personal best in the Grand Prix Freestyle, scoring 69.050% for third place.

Riding Paganini, John Risley’s 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion (Havidoff x Statuar), Cheryl Meisner of Blandford, NS finished in fourth place with 64.426% in the Grand Prix and tied for fourth in the Grand Prix Freestyle with 67.950%. Canadian Olympian Jacqueline Brooks of Cedar Valley, ON, and Balmoral (Belcanto x Consul), a 10-year-old Canadian-bred Hanoverian owned by Brinc Ltd., John and Anne Welch & Jean and Nick Vinios, tied Meisner with a score of  67.950% for fourth in the Grand Prix Freestyle. The pair finished in fifth place in the Grand Prix test with 64.340%.

The international judging panel included Gary Rockwell (FEI O—USA), Cara Whitham (FEI O—CAN), Stephen Clarke (FEI O—GBR), Gabriel Armando (FEI I—ARG) and Lorraine MacDonald (FEI I—CAN).

The CDI3* was sponsored by Dominion Regalia (www.dominionregalia.com), who were on hand for the award presentations. Dominion Regalia is a strong supporter of dressage, being sponsors of Dressage Canada's "The EIGHT Award" which recognizes the achievements of riders competing at Equine Canada Silver and Gold dressage competitions.
 
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