Ashley Holzer Debuts Mango Eastwood at Big Tour to Win Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix

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Ashley Holzer and Mango Eastwood. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 7, 2020–Ashley Holzer rode Mango Eastwood to victory in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Friday in the partnership’s international debut.

Ashley and Mango Eastwood, 11-year-old KWPN gelding, scored 72.761% for the win and the beginning of her campaign to join the squad of eight American riders and horses to go to Europe in the spring for the selection of the United States team for the Tokyo Olympics.

Fellow American Nick Wagman of San Diego, California competing for the first time on the Global circuit at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center rode Don John to second place on a personal best 70.587%. The competition for Nick and the 12-year-old KWPN gelding was the first since riding in Europe last June.

Canada’s Pan American Games team gold medal partnership of Jill Irving and Degas were third on 70.348%.

Ashley, a four-time Olympian for Canada including being on the bronze medal team in Seoul in 1988 who switched to ride for the U.S. three years ago, was given the ride by Diane Fellows, a longtime supporter. Diane acquired the horse from Jordi Domingo of Spain two years ago.

Although the horse is green at Grand Prix, Ashley said, “When I tell you I’m over the moon, you have no idea this is such a dream come true.

“Getting him to ride with the American flag on my saddle pad would be something special.”

She described the horse “as incredibly powerful but a wonderful character, a little ‘spicy,’ as we call him in the barn. He has a very honest and true heart.

“He is absolutely green but such a trier, he’s a wonderfully honest trier.”

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix

Judges: Nick Burton Thomas Kessler Sandra Hotz Cesar Torrente Clive Halsall
Place Score % Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 72.761 USA Ashley Holzer Mango Eastwood 73.478 71.413 74.130 73.696 71.087
2. 70.587 USA Nick Wagman Don John 70.000 69.891 70.435 71.630 70.978
3. 70.348 CAN Jill Irving Degas 12 69.565 70.109 69.457 71.848 70.761
4. 68.674 CAN Lindsay Kellock Sebastien 68.913 70.543 67.174 67.935 68.804
5. 68.587 USA Günter Seidel Equirelle W 66.304 68.587 69.565 68.478 70.000
6. 68.370 CHI Virginia Yarur Ronaldo 69.022 68.152 67.174 68.587 68.913
7. 67.826 JPN Kiichi Harada Egistar 69.022 68.587 67.935 68.043 65.543
8. 67.761 USA Jennifer Schrader-Williams Millione 68.043 68.152 67.717 66.957 67.935
9. 67.739 JPN Ryunosuke Kuroda Bellatre D.E.S 65.761 67.500 68.043 70.109 67.283
10. 67.652 GER Michael Klimke Harmony’s Royal Dancer 65.435 67.826 66.739 69.565 68.696
11. 67.500 USA Katie Poag Zonnekoning 66.848 67.500 67.717 68.804 66.630
12. 66.804 ECU Julio Cesar Mendoza Loor Rosali 67.065 64.891 66.196 67.174 68.696
13. 66.022 CAN Jacqueline Brooks Westwood 5 65.326 66.196 65.652 66.522 66.413
14. 65.935 USA Sabine Schut-Kery Sanceo 62.065 64.783 71.630 67.826 63.370
15. 65.239 JPN Kazuki Sado Ludwig Der Sonnenkoenig 2 64.239 66.522 64.457 63.696 67.283
16. 64.935 MEX Martha Fernanda Del Valle Quirarte Dynamic RS 65.435 65.000 65.543 65.109 63.587
17. 64.804 USA Elizabeth Ball Avanti 65.326 63.913 65.435 63.913 65.435
18. 64.718 USA Nora Batchelder W Gangster Girl 64.457 65.435 65.000 63.696 65.000
19. 64.413 USA Adrienne Pot Bon-Ami 63.804 65.435 63.696 65.109 64.022
20. 64.022 DEN Agnete Kirk Thinggaard Blue Hors Veneziano 62.717 63.370 61.957 67.391 64.674
21. 63.848 USA Anna Buffini Wilton 11 65.761 62.283 67.935 63.043 60.217
22. 63.739 VEN Patricia Ferrando Elvis 64.130 65.000 63.804 63.913 61.848
23. 63.630 GEO Joanne Vaughan Elmegardens Marquis 64.348 62.935 63.043 64.783 63.043
24. 61.174 USA Tina Caldwell Don Antonio 61.522 59.130 61.630 61.522 62.065
25. 60.891 USA Michael Pineo Farrington 60.543 60.652 60.870 60.543 61.848
26. 60.826 USA Elisabeth Austin Steeped In Luck 61.848 58.478 61.957 61.739 60.109
27. 59.891 JPN Masahiro Kosaka Eddieni 61.413 58.913 59.239 60.217 59.674
28. 58.978 CAN Evi Strasser Disney Tyme 58.261 59.130 61.630 58.261 57.609