2012 Olympic Partnership of Ashley Holzer & Breaking Dawn Win CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle in Last Global Event of 2016

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Ashley Holzer and Breaking Dawn in the honor round after winning the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Ashley Holzer and Breaking Dawn in the honor round after winning the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, April 2, 2016–The 2012 Canadian Olympic team partnership of Ashley Holzer and Breaking Dawn won the CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday as the finale of the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival of seven international events over the winter.

Ashley, who became an American citizen this year, rode the 15-year-old KWPN gelding to a score of 75.600 per cent in the first CDI for the pair in more than 2 1/2 years. The duo also won the Grand Prix.

The horse is owned and has been competed by P.J. Rizvi, an American and lifelong friend of Ashley.

Shelly Francis, among the top eight with two horses on the American Olympic rankings that could go to Europe to compete for a spot on the U.S. team for Rio de Janeiro, was second on Danilo on 74.825 per cent.

Katherine Bateson-Chandler on Alcazar, another American combination that has become more consistent this winter, placed third on 72.050 per cent.

Ashley Holzer, who lives in New York and Wellington, and is both highly respected and universally popular, competed Breaking Down previously in September, 2013, a year after the London Games.

“It’s a priviIlege to ride such a great horse,” she said. “He’s really fun. I’m very lucky.”

Ashley rode the horse while P.J. was on a ski vacation with her family and to get a refresher on how the performs in the competition arena.

The music, “American Pie,” was created for P.J. but had tongues wagging about Ashley’s plans as many in the dressage community would like her to ride for the United States.

She told dressage-news.com early in the season that she had nominated her Dressed in Black that has been out for a year in foal and Arthur that she competed this week for the Canadian team for Rio. She has not yet competed Dressed in Black, an 11-year-old Westfalen stallion, in the past year.

Katherine Bateson-Chandler said that for her the Global circuit this year was the best yet because of the camaraderie that she described as “the biggest thing.”

“It’s pretty special, having these amazing relationships,” she said.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle
E: Jena – SWE H: Clarke – GBR C: Wysocki – USA M: Hess – GER B: Tubman – CAN
Rider Nat. Horse E    H C M B T Pl.
Holzer, Ashley CAN Breaking Dawn 77.750 78.000 71.750 74.875 75.625 75.600 1
Francis, Shelly USA Danilo 73.875 77.625 76.250 73.625 72.750 74.825 2
Bateson Chandler, Katherine USA Alcazar 73.250 73.750 72.500 71.375 69.375 72.050 3
 Page, Arlene  USA Alina 70.250  75.750 70.375  69.250 71.500 71.425 4
 Marienau, Beatrice USA Stefano 8 71.250 72.375 69.125 69.875 73.625 71.250 5
Jimenez Cobo, Juan Antonio ESP Sunny Boy 67.375 72.875  73.125 70.375 71.500 71.050 6
Tzinberg, Ellesse PHI Pavarotti 68.750 68.250 68.625 67.750 66.750 68.025 7
Mabragana, Micaela ARG Tyara 65.125 66.625 66.125 64.375 67.625 65.975 8
Bukowski, Lisa CAN Santos Utopia 64.875 65.875 65.125 63.000 61.750 64.125  9
Vaughan, Joanne GEO Elmegarden’s Marquis 64.000 63.375 62.375  58.625 64.125 62.500 10