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June 24, 2010 — Following their bronze medal finish in the Nations’ Cup Team competition earlier in the week, Canadian Olympians Ashley Holzer, Belinda Trussell and Bonny Bonnello once again earned top scores on their European Tour stop at CDIO 5* Rotterdam, NED, held June 16 – 20 in Rotterdam, NED.

Ashley Holzer of Toronto, ON, and Pop Art (Amsterdam x Cabochon), a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Rusty Holzer and Moreen Nicoll, finished seventh in the Grand Prix Freestyle with 75.571%.

“Pop Art felt energetic and confident in the Freestyle, and it was a lot of fun to ride,” said Holzer, whose freestyle music is from Disney Epcot Center’s fireworks display and from the motion picture National Treasure. “I was so proud to have done well in front of all the people that are his fans. His former rider and his breeder both drove hours to come and see him go.”

Newmarket, ON native Belinda Trussell received a score of 72.536% (for 11th place) riding Anton, a 10-year old German-bred gelding (Antaeous x Saxony) owned by Robyn Eames.

“I was thrilled with both Freestyles from Ashley and Belinda,” said Dressage Canada Technical Coach/Advisor, Robert Dover. “They rode lovely, clean rides and I could not have been more proud of them and their horses.”

Bonny Bonnello of Calgary, AB rode Pikardi (Point Maker x Daimont) in the Grand Prix Special, earning 65.149% for third place. Bonnello co-owns the 13-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding with Jean Bell.

The international judging panel included Evi Eisenhardt (FEI 5*—GER), Ghislain Fouarge (FEI 5*—NED), Linda Zang (FEI 5*—USA), Gustav Svalling (FEI 4*—SWE), Jacques Van Daele (FEI 4*—BEL), Maribel Alonso (FEI 5*—MEX) and Mary Seefried (FEI 5*—AUS)

Canadians riders will make their last stop of the European Tour at CDIO Aachen, GER, July 13 – 18, 2010. WEG-declared riders remaining in North America will have the opportunity to earn WEG qualifying scores at Edmonton Gold Rush CDI3*, to be held July 15 - 19, 2010, in Edmonton, AB.
The European Tour has been made possible through the Own the Podium program, a national sport technical initiative designed to help Canada’s summer and winter athletes achieve podium success at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

For a current listing of WEG standings, please visit the Dressage Canada website at the following link: http://equinecanada.ca/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=833&Itemid=371&lang=en.

Save the Date!

Please join our Canadian Dressage Team at Pine Ridge Farm, September 12, 2010 for the official send off to the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky. The food, entertainment and ambiance are guaranteed to be second to none. Don't miss this opportunity to socialize with the team as well as some of the most respected coaches, trainers, judges and Olympians on the planet.

Support Canadian Riders’ WEG Dreams

There are still a number of WEG ticket packages available. Each package contains tickets directly behind “C” for the four dressage events and are $875 (CDN) each.

For more information, visit the Dressage Canada website at equinecanada.ca/dressage and click on the “WEG 2010 Ticket Package Special” advertisement.

About Dressage Canada

Dressage Canada, as a committee of Equine Canada, is the National governing body for Dressage in Canada. Dressage Canada's objective is to foster the growth of Dressage and the pursuit of excellence in the sport at the local, national and international levels. Dressage Canada provides support and guidance to both amateurs and professionals through the following programs: coaching education and programs; officials’ education and programs; rules and qualifying criteria; sport development; and publications and awards. For more information about Dressage Canada, please visit the Dressage section of the Equine Canada site or connect with us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dressagecanada or Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/lp8cnd

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Equine Canada is Canada’s national governing body for equestrianism. A member-driven, charitable institution, it is the executive branch of the Canadian Equestrian Team, and the national authority for equestrian competition; the national voice for recreational riders; and the national association for equine welfare, breeding, and industry. Equine Canada is recognised by the Government of Canada, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), and the Canadian Olympic Committee as the national organisation representing equestrian sport and equine interests. For more information about Equine Canada, please visit equinecanada.ca.