Ashley Holzer in First Competition in 7 Months Debuts Mango Eastwood at National Grand Prix

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Ashley Holzer riding Mango Eastwood at national level Grand Prix in the American debut of the 11-year-old KWPN gelding. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 19, 2020–Ashley Holzer, competing for the first time in seven months, debuted Mango Eastwood at national Grand Prix Sunday to post the highest score of any Grand Prix level horse at the Gold Coast Opener.

Ashley, who has declared her intention to pursue a place on the U.S. team for the Tokyo Olympics, rode the 11-year-old KWPN gelding to a score of 75.000% from the two-judge panel at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Global Dressage Festival grounds.

Eastwood Mango is owned by Diane Fellows, who has other horses ridden by Ashley, a four-time Olympian for Canada who three years ago switched to ride for the U.S. Mango Eastwood was trained and ridden in young horse competitions by Spain’s Jordi Domingo Coll

Ashley also rode Radondo, a 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding she last competed 18 months ago, in the same Grand Prix for a score of 70.054%.

As well as pursuing a place on the American team for the Olympics, she is coaching seven Canadian combinations seeking to represent their nation in Tokyo.