USA’s Ashley Holzer & Mango Eastwood Win Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix Special for 5th Win in 6 Starts Since Beginning Big Tour 5 Weeks Ago

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Ashley Holzer and Mango Eastwood winning the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Special, the last Big Tour competition in the United States for the next four weeks. © 2020 Ken Braddick/


WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 14, 2020–Ashley Holzer rode Mango Eastwood to victory in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Special Saturday for the fourth win in five starts since beginning Big Tour five weeks ago.

Ashley, a four-time Olympian for Canada based in Wellington and seeking to ride for the United States at the Tokyo Games, scored 72.596% on the 11-year-old KWPN gelding in the last Big Tour competition in the United States for at least the next four weeks.

Jennifer Schrader-Williams of Roy, Washington and Millione posted a personal best score of 71.511% for second.

The Wellington-based Australian Kelly Layne on Samhitas was third on 69.936%, the first Grand Prix Special for the Wellington-based Australian rider and the 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding. Kelly began competing Samhitas at Big Tour six months ago after buying the horse from American Endel Ots who showed the horse in the World Young Horse Championships as a six-year-old and moved up to Small Tour in 2016.

Kelly Layne on Samhitas in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival honor round after placing third in the CDI3* Grand Prix Special. © 2020 Ken Braddick/

Mango Eastwood was bought as a nine-year-old by Diane Fellows from Jordi Domingo whom Ashley credits with doing an “amazing job” from young horse, but “it always takes a bit of time to form a partnership from a man riding the horse to a woman riding the horse. It’s taken a little time, but I really think this horse has all the scope.”

She keeps her voice down when saying that Mango Eastwood may be better than Pop Art, the horse she competed for Canada at the 2008 Olympics and the 2010 World Equestrian Games as well as the 2009 World Cup Final.

This was the third week showing Mango Eastwood “and I really haven’t had a ton of experience showing him and he’s definitely a little tired… but he really gave it.

“There were moments where I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, you’re unbelievable,’ so then I sat still to see if he’d keep doing it on his own… I do my Isabell Werth training before I go in–I watch my video from the last time and then I watch Isabell’s best Grand Prix Special and she just sits there looking like she’s doing nothing, so I tried to do that.

“He’s an incredible horse and the mistakes were totally mine. I misjudged the speed in the one-times but even when I make a mistake as a rider he doesn’t hold it against me, he just comes right back, he’s a machine.

“And what I loved about him today was that when things went wrong, he didn’t throw in the the towel, he was right back to work again. He doesn’t hold anything against me. Once I get all the kinks out, I really think this horse is going to be spectacular.”

Stephen Clarke, a 5* judge of Great Britain who was at H, said after the competition, “Ashley’s riding is amazing. There were moments of tension but her brilliant riding saved the game and the horse has a lot of talent which she was able to show in spite of those tense moments.

“The horse has a huge ability and when he’s even more established and relaxed, then we’ll see more elasticity and expression which brings even higher marks.”


CDI3* Grand Prix Special

                  Magnus Ringmark Stephen Clarke Christof Umbach Heidi Berry Isobel Wessels    
Place   Score %   Nat. Athlete Horse     E H C M B    
1.   72.596   USA Ashley Holzer Mango Eastwood     71.915 73.298 73.511 71.489 72.766    
2.   71.511   USA Jennifer Schrader-Williams Millione     70.426 72.128 72.447 70.106 72.447    
3.   69.936   AUS Kelly Layne Samhitas     68.830 67.340 72.234 71.489 69.787    
4.   69.872   USA Susan Dutta Don Design DC     70.319 70.106 69.362 69.255 70.319    
5.   69.319   USA Alice Tarjan Candescent     68.511 70.426 69.468 68.830 69.362    
6.   68.702   CAN Jaimey Irwin Donegal V     68.936 70.851 67.447 68.830 67.447    
7.   67.894   CAN Tina Irwin Fancy That     66.489 70.532 67.021 68.298 67.128    
8.   67.021   USA James Koford Adiah HP     67.553 66.702 67.553 66.277 67.021    
9.   66.745   USA Patricia Becker Freedom     67.340 64.681 67.128 66.915 67.660    
10.   66.298   USA Katie Poag Zonnekoning     64.574 67.021 68.191 66.383 65.319    
11.   65.277   GEO Joanne Vaughan Elmegardens Marquis     64.362 65.319 65.426 66.064 65.213    
12.   65.106   USA Sarah Lockman First Apple     66.170 65.957 60.851 66.915 65.638    
13.   64.787   CHI Virginia Yarur Ronaldo     63.404 64.468 66.915 66.383 62.766    
14.   63.468   USA Catherine Haddad Staller Frankie     63.957 62.681 63.106 65.128 62.468    
SC.       CAN Christilot Boylen Rockylane