|Ashley Holzer & Pop Art Finish 4th in GP Freestyle at CDI5* Exquis World Dressage Masters in Florida||| Print ||
February 7, 2010 — Three-time Canadian Olympian Ashley Holzer of Toronto, ON, and her 2008 Olympic partner Pop Art, finished in fourth place in the Grand Prix Freestyle test at the $145,000 CDI 5* Exquis World Dressage Masters Saturday. The evening Freestyle wrapped up the competition held this weekend, February 4–6, 2010, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, in Wellington, FL, USA.
Holzer and Pop Art (Amsterdam x Cabochon), a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Rusty Holzer and Moreen Nicoll, earned a score of 76.300%.
“I am so excited to be riding in a class with the best in the world right here in Florida. I am very grateful to the Exquis Masters for creating a series that gathers the best in the World here and in Europe,” said Holzer. “Wellington has come so far. I still remember when I first came to compete here. It was always the stage for top international jumping, but now it has become that stage for dressage too.”
First place in the Grand Prix Freestyle was awarded to 2008 Olympic individual gold medalist Anky van Grunsven of the Netherlands on Salinero, who earned 84.450%. 2009 World Cup Finalist Steffen Peters of USA and Ravel finished in second place with a score of 81.700%. Isabel Werth and her 2008 Olympic individual silver medal mount Satchmo 78 rounded out the top three with 78.950%.
“I am very proud of Ashley and Pop Art and know their best is still yet to come,” said Robert Dover, Dressage Canada’s Technical/Coach Advisor. “They were beautiful to watch as always and belong in the top class of the world.”
Canadian Olympian Belinda Trussell of Stouffville, ON, and Anton (Antaeus x Melit), a 10-year-old German-bred gelding owned by Robyn Eames, finished in second place Saturday afternoon in the Grand Prix Special.
“I was happy again with the progress shown in the ride of Belinda Trussell and Anton today where they placed second in the Grand Prix Special,” said Dover. “I feel very confident that this pair will evolve into a very strong combination in the next months.”
The international judging panel for the CDI5* included Dr. Wojtek Markowski (FEI O—POL), Gary Rockwell (FEI O—USA), Axel Steiner (FEI O—USA), Victoire Mandl (FEI I—AUT) and Freddy Leyman (FEI I—BEL).
In addition to this competition in Florida, Exquis World Dressage Masters (WDM) CDI5* will also have events in Munich, Germany and Hickstead, England each with €100,000 (US$145,000) in prize money for 2010 and 2011.
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