Ashley Holzer & Havanna Post Personal Best Score to Capture Wellington World Cup Grand Prix

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Ashley Holzer on Havanna celebrating victory in the Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix in Wellington, Florida. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 22, 2018–Ashley Holzer and Havanna posted a personal best score to win the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix Thursday night, a ride that the three-time Olympian said “exceeded every expectation.”

Ashley, of New York and Wellington, and the 11-year-old Hanoverian mare scored 72.826 per cent, the highest score in the 10 months the pair have been competing at Big Tour, the same length of time that Ashley began riding for the United States instead of her native Canada.

The horse was bought by Diane Fellows from Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl for Ashley to train and compete for the United States before turning it over to Diane. The owner, Ashley said, gets to ride Havanna, anway.

Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee, Florida was second on 71.674 per cent.

Brittany Fraser of Canada, Ashley’s long-time student, was third on All In with a score of 70.848 per cent.

This was Ashley’s ninth Grand Prix on Havanna on both sides of the Atlantic, with their previous best result 71.957 per cent at Wellington four weeks ago.

“She’s an amazing horse, a huge trier,” said Ashley who rode in a final group that included three of her students from Canada and the United States.

“Every day I have a great ride. It’s like riding a dream.”

Ashley said she watched the winter Olympics on television when United States downhill skier Lindsey Vonn was making her last run before retiring at the age of 40.

At the age of 54, she said, “How lucky am I that I get to keep going.”

 

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix
E: Weatherwax – USA H: Wuest – GER C: Osinski – USA M: Storr – GER B: Max-Theurer – AUT
Rider Ctzn Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Holzer, Ashley USA Havanna 145 70.109 2 73.696 2 73.696 1 74.022 1 72.609 1 72.826 1
Francis, Shelly USA Doktor 71.848 1 73.913 1 72.500 2 70.652 3 69.457 5 71.674 2
Fraser, Brittany CAN All In 69.783 3 73.587 3 69.130 5 70.978 2 70.761 3 70.848 3
Rizvi, P.J. USA Breaking Dawn 69.783 3 72.500 4 69.348 4 69.891 5 71.630 2 70.630 4
Losos De Muniz, Yvonne DOM Foco Loco W 67.935 5 71.848 5 70.000 3 69.783 6 67.826 6 69.478 5
Lane, Megan CAN Zodiac MW 66.413 7 71.630 6 66.630 7 70.435 4 66.957 7 68.413 6
Irving, Jill CAN Arthur 67.935 5 69.130 7 66.413 8 64.239 8 70.109 4 67.565 7
Brooks, Jacqueline CAN D Niro 63.370 9 65.978 8 67.174 6 66.413 7 62.065 9 65.000 8
Lipp, Karen USA Whitney 65.109 8 65.000 9 64.239 11 64.022 9 63.261 8 64.326 9
Crawford, Eiren CAN Warello 60.435 12 63.043 10 64.891 9 63.696 10 61.522 10 62.717 10
Hirosh, Sahar Daniel ISR Whitman 62.935 10 59.891 12 63.152 12 61.413 11 60.435 11 61.565 11
Hill, Debbie USA Cartier 61.304 11 61.413 11 64.457 10 60.326 12 58.152 12 61.130 12
Strasser, Evi CAN Disney Tyme Elim.