Tina Konyot & Calecto V Win Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix, Pop Art Returns to CDI

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Jill Irving and Pop Art in their first CDI partnership. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Jill Irving and Pop Art in their first CDI partnership. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 14–The U.S. Olympic combination of Tina Konyot and Calecto V won the WEF Classic CDI3* Grand Prix Thursday, but the star of the Global Dressage Festival event was the first CDI performance by Pop Art ridden by adult amateur Jill Irving to fourth place.

Pop Art, the 16-year-old KWPN gelding that Ashley Holzer rode for Canada in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2009 World Cup Final and the 2010 World Equestrian Games, appeared as steady as a rock as he performed for a score of 66.787 per cent at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Stadium complex.

A trio of Americans filled the top three spots. Tina of Palm City, Florida rode a relaxed Calecto V–he slept soundly three times in his stall before the Grand Prix after being woken up at 4 a.m. for the trip from the stable to the show grounds–scored 70.553 per cent with Cesar Parra and Van the Man second on 68.213 per cent and Susan Dutta and Currency DC third on 67.383 per cent.

Ashley retired from competing the horse at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto last November after six years in CDI Grand Prix arenas at a host of top shows throughout North America and Europe.

Jill Irving, a lifelong friend of Ashley’s and a multiyear champion hunter rider at the annual Toronto Fair until 2008, leased Pop Art and began riding Pop Art in January.

“It was awesome,” said Jill after boisterous applause from a big contingent of Canadian fans when the 50-year-old mother of four children gave her final salute in the springlike sunny weather.

“Poppy is so good at what he does,” she joked, “everyone in the class should be able to ride him.”

The horse appeared relaxed but performed with precision the tests he knows well.

Pop Art with Jill Irving and Ashley Holzer. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Pop Art with Jill Irving and Ashley Holzer. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“Poppy,” as he has been called for years is enjoying life in semi-retirement, working perhaps three days, hacking out for a day or two and spend a few hours a day in the paddock eating grass.

“Leading the life he deserves,” Ashley said.

RESULTS:
FEI Grand Prix l
E: Gribbons – USA H: Foy – USA C: Judet – FRA M: Nivelle – GER B: Ahman – SWE
Horse Rider Ctzn Test E % H % C % M % B % T % Pl.
Calecto V Konyot, Tina USA FEI Grand Prix 2009 71.702% 73.404% 72.553% 67.234% 67.872% 70.553% 1
Van the Man Parra, Cesar USA FEI Grand Prix 2009 69.255% 65.851% 69.787% 70.638% 65.532% 68.213% 2
Currency DC Dutta, Susan USA FEI Grand Prix 2009 68.298% 66.596% 65.745% 70.638% 65.638% 67.383% 3
Pop Art Irving, Jill CAN FEI Grand Prix 2009 65.638% 68.936% 66.809% 66.170% 66.383% 66.787% 4
My Lady Gundersen, Mikala Munter DEN FEI Grand Prix 2009 64.894% 65.957% 64.468% 65.000% 67.447% 65.553% 5
Action Tyme Strasser, Evi CAN FEI Grand Prix 2009 66.383% 65.319% 65.106% 65.106% 65.851% 65.553% 5
D Niro Brooks, Jacquline M. CAN FEI Grand Prix 2009 65.638% 67.234% 67.021% 60.213% 65.638% 65.149% 7
Wadamur Jaccoma, Susan USA FEI Grand Prix 2009 67.128% 65.532% 63.511% 62.447% 61.915% 64.106% 8
Rafallino LaGoy-Weltz, Olivia USA FEI Grand Prix 2009 63.298% 63.404% 63.404% 63.723% 64.681% 63.702% 9
Devon L Creech, Diane CAN FEI Grand Prix 2009 64.255% 64.149% 62.128% 65.213% 62.660% 63.681% 10
Degas 12 Irving, Jill CAN FEI Grand Prix 2009 62.340% 61.809% 63.085% 63.936% 62.553% 62.745% 11
Amicelli Strawson, Barbara USA FEI Grand Prix 2009 62.553% 63.298% 61.702% 62.234% 63.298% 62.617% 12
Jewel’s Adelante Cordia-Van Reesema, Elaine USA FEI Grand Prix 2009 61.809% 61.383% 62.340% 62.128% 62.979% 62.128% 13
Paganini Meisner, Cheryl CAN FEI Grand Prix 2009 62.766% 63.511% 62.447% 60.213% 61.702% 62.128% 13
Pascal Mukpo, Diana USA FEI Grand Prix 2009 62.872% 60.532% 60.000% 60.638% 62.021% 61.213% 15
Parsifal Powers, Elizabeth Armstrong USA FEI Grand Prix 2009 54.043% 49.681% 47.021% 52.872% 55.426% 51.809% 16