Ashley Holzer with Breaking Dawn & Pop Art Dominate New Jersey CDI3* Grand Prix

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Ashley Holzer and Breaking Dawn competing at New Jersey. © 2012 SusanJStickle.com

ALLENTOWN, New Jersey, May 25–Ashley Holzer rode Breaking Dawn and Pop Art for a one-two finish to dominate the ESDCTA Memorial Weekend CDI3* Grand Prix Friday, consolidating her lead in the rankings to assure herself a place on Canada’s team for her fourth Olympics.

Her domination with scores of 71.191 per cent on Breaking Dawn and 70.021 per cent on Pop Art, her 2008 Beijing Games mount, was complete at the New Jersey Horse Park where the main arena was upgraded substantially.

In a distant third place was Cesar Parra and Van the Man whose score of 66.128 per cent was unlikely to be enough to earn the pair an invitation to the United States’ selection trials next month. The standings as of May 21 showed the pair well outside the group of a dozen or so combinations to go to the U.S. Grand Prix Championships.

Ashley Holzer and Pop Art. © 2012 SusanJStickle.com

Lauren Sammis of South Orange, New Jersey, and Sagacious HF were fourth on 66.085 per cent.

This competition and one in Lexington, Kentucky, this weekend were the last qualifiers in the U.S. for the head-to-head selection trials over two weekends at nearby Gladstone, New Jersey.

Results:

1. Ashley Holzer CAN Breaking Down 71.191%
2. Ashley Holzer CAN Pop Art 70.021%
3. Cesar Parra USA Van the Man 66.128%
4. Lauren Sammis USA Sagacious HF 66.085%
5. Heather Mason USA Respekt 63.213%
6. Elisabeth Austin USA Olivier 62.511%
7. Susanne Hassler USA Harmony’s Baroncelli 60.426%
8. Diana Mukpo USA Pascal 60.319%
9. Lindsay Kellock CAN Eminence 59.106%
10. Lisa Lewis-Greene USA Picasso’s Bleu 56.596%