Canada Finishes 3rd Behind Powerhouses Holland & Germany in Rotterdam CDIO 5* Nations Cup
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ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands, June 17–Canada, despite the retirement of Shannon Dueck and Ayscha that left no room for error, won the bronze medal in the Rotterdam CDIO5* Nations Cup Thursday behind powerhouses Holland and Germany.
The team of Ashley Holzer and Pop Art, Belinda Trussell and Anton and Bonny Bonnello and Pikardi posted a team result of 67.244 per cent, with individual scores of 68.450 per cent, 67.386 per cent and 65.897 per cent.
“Great team result!” Ashley told dressage-news.com.
“We are thrilled.”
Five of the six nations–Netherlands, Germany, Canada, Sweden and Belgium–each started the team competition with four combinations. Denmark started with three and was eliminated when one of their riders retired.
Final team results:
1. Netherlands 78.470 per cent
2. Germany 72.199 per cent
3. Canada 67.244 per cent
4. Sweden 66.798 per cent
5. Belgium 65.349 per cent
Three of the four scores counted in the team competition.
The Canadians are competing at the third of four competitions on a European circuit by the squad of top prospects for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky starting 100 days from Thursday. The final competition will be in four weeks at the World Equestrian Festival CHIO in Aachen, Germany, considered the globe’s premier show horse competition.
Shannon told dressage-news.com she was “incredibly disappointed” that she had to retire.
She said the nine-year-old Oldenburg mare is in season and has a very sore left ovary.
Ayscha showed her first international level Grand Prix only four months ago in Florida but despite her young age and lack of experience has emerged as a top contender for the Canadian team and won a place on the squad that has previously shown at Wiesbaden and Lingen in Germany.
“I retired because although she was nervous at the previous shows, she was always willing to work with me,” Shannon said.
“At this show she did not want to play with me so I knew she was physically uncomfortable.”
For complete CDIO5* Nations Cup results, click here: Rotterdman CDIO Grand Prix Team