PJ Rizvi Posts First Victory On Breaking Dawn In Capturing Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix Special
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WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 18, 2017–Breaking Dawn, ridden by Ashley Holzer for Canada at the 2012 Olympic Games, gave American owner PJ Rizvi her first win on the 16-year-old gelding when the pair captured the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Special Saturday.
PJ of Greenwich, Connecticut and Breaking Dawn scored 70.588 per cent for the win in the first Special of their CDI career and their last ride of this winter’s Global circuit. PJ trains with Ashley in New York and Wellington.
Anna Marek of Williston, Florida on Dee Clair placed second on 67.216 per cent and Christopher Hickey of Wellington on Ronaldo was third on 66.333 per cent.
“It was one of those, ‘let’s just give it a whirl’ moments’,” PJ said of the ride that came two days after the pair placed second in the Grand Prix despite a bad ‘flu.
“I’ve just been doing the freestyle, but it was time to do the Special and I’m so proud of him. He felt forward, and with the length of the test it felt like even at the end, I still had a lot of horse under me. He didn’t get tired, even when I started to. I’m just so amazed, he’s like 16 going on six and is such a joy to ride. I couldn’t be any more proud of him. He’s an amazing horse.”
PJ said she’s is thinking of taking Breaking Dawn to Europe this summer for the first time.
“I spent a lot of time working with him and getting him healthy and strong,” she said. “He is super healthy and I think that now is the time that we want to move forward and try to show this summer instead of waiting for a whole year until next season.”