2008 will mark the third time that Holzer has been named to a
Canadian Olympic dressage team. Holzer also represented Canada at the
1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, where she was a member of Canada’s
Bronze medal winning team with Reipo. Riding her Dutch Warmblood
stallion Imperioso, Holzer then represented Canada at the 2004 Olympics
Games in Athens, Greece. Now in 2008 with Pop Art, an 11-year-old Dutch
Warmblood gelding (Amsterdam x Cabochon) owned by Ian and Moreen Nicoll
and Rusty Holzer, the pair achieved an average qualifying score of
72.723% on the Florida CDI circuit to again earn a berth on Canada’s
Olympic Dressage Team travelling to Hong Kong in August 2008. Holzer is
currently ranked ninth in the Federation Equestre International (FEI)
World Dressage Rankings.
Brooks and Gran Gesto (Grannox x Goldstern), a 12-year-old Oldenburg
gelding owned by Brinc Ltd. and Anne Welch, were one of the first rider
/ horse combinations to earn the three required qualifying scores for
Olympic selection, achieving an average of 68.084% on the Florida CDI
circuit. Although this is the first time Brooks has been named to an
Olympic Team, the pair is experienced international competitors having
been members of Canada’s Silver Medal winning team at the 2003 Pan
American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Brooks and Gran
Gesto have been competing at the Grand Prix level since 2004 and were
named to the 2006 World Equestrian Games team and represented Canada at
the 2007 World Cup Finals.
Leslie Reid, who was a team member of the 1996 Atlanta and 2004 Athens
Olympic Games, will once again attend the Olympics this time with her
new Grand Prix mount Orion, Patricia Hatch's 12-year-old Dutch
Warmblood gelding (Jazz x Consul). Orion, in his first year of Grand
Prix competition, and Reid, who calls Langley, British Columbia home,
earned their qualification scores at the 2008 USA West Coast dressage
CDI competitions finishing with an average of 67.278%. Reid has also
represented Canada at the 1991, 1999 and 2003 Pam American Games,
earning individual Gold and team Silver at the 2003 Pan American Games.
The traveling reserve will be multiple Olympian Christilot Boylen
originally from Toronto, ON, and now living in Rottingen, Germany.
Boylen, whose Olympic career began in 1964 when she attended the Tokyo
Olympics at the age of seventeen, and thus becoming Canada’s very first
Olympic Dressage competitor, has the distinction of having attended
seven Olympic Games in the past 44 years (in addition to attending the
1980 Alternate Olympic Games). Boylen and her mount Gachino (Gardez x
China Town), a 14-year-old Baden-Wurttemberger gelding, owned by Pedro
Hermosilla and Boylen, achieved their qualification scores for the team
selection in Europe where they finished with an average of 67.000%.
"I am happy that we have a strong and experienced team representing
Canada at the 2008 Olympics," noted Dressage Chef d’équipe Alastair
The equestrian events of the 2008 Olympic Games will be held August
9–21, 2008, at the world famous Hong Kong Jockey Club in Sha Tin, Hong
Kong, with the cross country portion taking place at Beas River.
Dressage kicks off on August 13th with the first of two days of
competition in the Team Grand Prix medal class, and ends August 19th
with the Individual Medal Grand Prix Freestyle class.
The judging panel will include:
Ground Jury President Mr. Gotthilf Riexinger (GER)
Member 2: Mr. Gary Rockwell (USA)
Member 3: Mr. Ghislain Fouarge (NED)
Member 4: Dr. Jean Michel Roudier (FRA)
Member 5: Mr. Leif Tornblad (DEN)
Member 6: Ms Minako Furuoka (JPN)
Member 7: Dr. Barnabas Mandi (HUN)
FEI Delegate Member 8: Mrs. Mariette Withages (BEL)
The following countries have qualified teams for the Olympic Games:
Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Netherlands,
Sweden, and the USA.
In addition, the following countries have qualified composite teams (3
individuals qualified from the same nation from the Olympic rankings to
make up a team): Denmark, France, Russia and Spain.
The following nations will be represented by individual competitors:
Austria, Belarus, China, Finland, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Poland,
Portugal and South Africa. The 2008 Olympic Games will see 13 nations
competing for team medals as well as 49 riders vying for individual
The official website for the 2008 Olympic equestrian events in Hong Kong is www.equestrian2008.org
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 amateur and professional through
the following programs: coaching education and programs, officials’
education and programs, rules & qualifying criteria, sport
development, publications & awards. For more information about
Dressage Canada, please visit the Dressage section
of the Equine Canada site.