Ashley Holzer Rides Mango Eastwood to Wellington CDI3* Victory in Horse’s First Ever Grand Prix Special
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 8, 2020–Ashley Holzer rode Mango Eastwood to victory in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* in the partnership’s first performance of the Grand Prix Special.
Ashley, based in Wellington, and the 11-year-old KWPN gelding scored 74.128% to log the second win in two Big Tour starts, having won the Grand Prix a day earlier.
Nick Wagman of San Diego, California and Don John placed second on a personal best 73.064%.
Sabine Schut-Kery of Thousand Oaks, California and Sanceo were third on 71.532%, recovering from a shaky start in the Grand Prix that was the pair’s first competition since April.
Ashley, a four-time Olympian for Canada who now rides for the United States and wants to be on the American squad going to Europe for final selection for the Tokyo Olympic team, did not have time to practice the Special. She is coaching seven Canadians seeking to represent their nation at the Tokyo Olympics.
Eastwood was bought two years ago by Diane Fellows from Spain’s Jordi Domingo as a “schoolmaster” because the horse appeared quiet and steady at the time.
“We got him back and he was quiet and nice and we started working him a bit more and he got hotter and hotter and hotter instead of quieter and quieter so I said to Di, ‘I think I need to ride him now.’ So it’s been a bit of a journey getting him ready because he got quite spicy as he got fitter
“He’s such an amazing personality. He’s a lovely animal and I’m very lucky to have him.
“I love him and I feel the most secure on him even though he’s green. We have such a partnership; we’ve taken a long tine making that partnership and we trust each other, which is a great feeling in the ring when you know a horse so well.”
CDI3* Grand Prix Special
|Hans Voser||Clive Halsall||Thomas Kessler||Sandra Hotz||Christof Umbach|
|1.||74.128||USA||Ashley Holzer||Mango Eastwood||75.426||75.213||71.383||74.787||73.830||()|
|2.||73.064||USA||Nick Wagman||Don John||73.617||73.723||70.000||71.809||76.170||()|
|4.||69.979||CAN||Jill Irving||Degas 12||68.298||71.064||68.404||69.681||72.447||()|
|5.||67.702||USA||Günter Seidel||Equirelle W||66.596||68.404||66.277||67.872||69.362||()|
|6.||67.553||ECU||Julio Cesar Mendoza Loor||Rosali||66.489||68.085||66.915||68.936||67.340||()|
|8.||67.298||JPN||Ryunosuke Kuroda||Bellatre D.E.S||64.043||66.596||68.830||67.234||69.787||()|
|9.||66.809||GER||Michael Klimke||Harmony’s Royal Dancer||66.702||66.809||65.213||66.702||68.617||()|
|12.||64.894||MEX||Martha Fernanda Del Valle Quirarte||Dynamic RS||62.872||66.809||64.787||66.277||63.723||()|
|14.||64.426||CAN||Jacqueline Brooks||Westwood 5||60.532||65.319||65.638||64.894||65.745||()|
|SC.||JPN||Kazuki Sado||Ludwig Der Sonnenkoenig 2||()|