Canada’s Ashley Holzer & Pop Art Add Another Victory, Wellington CDI3* GP for Special

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Ashley Holzer and Pop Art. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Ashley Holzer and Pop Art. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, Feb. 13–Canada’s Ashley Holzer and Pop Art maintained their leading role on the Florida winter circuit by notching another victory, the Grand Prix for the Special at the Wellington Classic Dressage CDI-W Saturday.

Ashley, a three-time Olympian, won the Grand Prix on a score of 72.170 per cent with compatriot Belinda Trussell and Anton second on 67.574 per cent and the USA’s Todd Flettrich and Otto third on 67.319 per cent.

In their three appearances in competition this year, Ashley and Pop Art were victorious in the Gold Coast Dressage Association Opener CDI-W in January and finished fourth behind Anky van Grunsven and Salinero, Steffen Peters and Ravel and Isabell Werth and Satchmo at last week’s Exquis World Dressage Masters.

Michelle Gibson, 1996 Olympian for the USA and now based in Wellington, was fourth on Don Angelo, the Diamante Farms’ 10-year-old Oldenburg stallion, with 67.277 per cent. The pair began competing international level Grand Prix last October and Saturday’s score was their best result to date at this level. The combination were the U.S. Intermedaire champions in 2008.

Michelle Gibson on Don Angelo after their CDI Grand Prix. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Michelle Gibson on Don Angelo after their CDI Grand Prix. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Katherine Bateson-Chandler rode Dea II in the 10-year-old Hanoverian mare’s first CDI Grand Prix for a score of 65.477 per cent and seventh place.

Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Dea II in their first CDI Grand Prix. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Dea II in their first CDI Grand Prix. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com