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“Ashley Holzer of Toronto, ON, riding Pop Art placed eighth in the  Freestyle at the 2010 World Equestrian Games.”  Photo Credit — Cealy  Tetley, www.tetleyphoto.comOctober 1, 2010 — Ashley Holzer of Toronto, ON, finished in eighth place individually in the Freestyle competition 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) held in Lexington, KY.

Holzer was one of 15 athletes from the original starting field of 66 to qualify for the Friday night competition at the Main Stadium. Her freestyle was designed by fellow Canadian Karen Robinson of Applause Dressage, and included music from the Disney Epcot Center Fireworks display and from the motion picture “National Treasure.” Holzer performed a powerful and energetic test with Pop Art, riding him perfectly in time with the music. The panel of five international judges rewarded Holzer’s performance with a score of 76.550%.
“Ashley Holzer of Toronto, ON, riding Pop Art placed eighth in the Freestyle at the 2010 World Equestrian Games.”  Photo Credit — Cealy Tetley, www.tetleyphoto.com
“I am thrilled. It was a huge crowd and I don’t think we have ever performed in front of a crowd that large,” said Holzer, who won a Team Bronze Medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. “We took him in the stadium last night and we had a plan for tonight. I have a great team behind me and I could not have done it with out them. My horse showed the fact that he had so many people work to make this ride the best ever he has ever done in a freestyle.”

“It is so great that it comes together a time like this — in front of my friends, family and supporters, many of whom have come all the way from Canada and New York to support me,” added Holzer.  “I have a really great horse.”

Pop Art, Holzer’s 2008 Olympic mount, is a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by her mother, Moreen Nicoll, and her husband, Rusty Holzer.

“Ashley and Pop Art were simply fantastic tonight and earned every bit of their 8th place in the world! A magnificent accomplishment that all Canadians can be proud of,” said Robert Dover, the Dressage Canada technical coach/advisor.

When the Freestyle Medals were awarded, it was Edward Gal of the Netherlands who won Gold with Moorlands Totilas with the phenomenal score of 91.800%.  Great Britain’s Laura Bechtolsheimer won silver with a score of 85.350% with Mistral Hojris, and Steffen Peters of the United States and Ravel were awarded the bronze medal with a score of 84.850%.

For more information, including live results, please visit www.alltechfeigames.com.

2010 World Equestrian Games — Freestyle Dressage Standings
  Total Score
  Edward Gal   The Netherlands
  Moorlands Totilas
  Laura Bechtolsheimer   Great Britain
  Mistral Hojris
  Steffen Peters   United States 
  Imke Schellekens-Bartels   The Netherlands 
  Hunter Douglas Sunrise
  Juan Muñoz Diaz      
  Fuego XII 
  Ashley Holzer   Toronto, ON 
  Pop Art
  76.550 %

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