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