Brittany Fraser & All In Set Canadian Grand Prix Freestyle Record, Seeking Start at World Cup Final

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Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu on All In (right) celebrating victory in the Global Dressage Festival Grand Prix Freestyle that turned out to be a new Canadian record for top sport musical performance. Ashley Holzer, who had held the record for 12 years on her 2009 World Cup Final mount Pop Art, was runner-up on Valentine in the latest competition. © 2021 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Feb. 16, 2021

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

Brittany Fraser on All In has claimed the Canadian record score for the Grand Prix Freestyle in rides at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida that were the best ever for the partnership of 11 years.

The score of 79.330% for Brittany and the 16-year-old KWPN gelding dethroned her coach, Ashley Holzer, who had held the previous record of 79.200% set on Pop Art at the 2009 World Cup Final in Las Vegas, a year before All In was bought at the Equine Elite Auction in the Netherlands.

The Canadian record score was not recognized when the 32-year-old Brittany and All In completed her ride at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Sunday–dressage-news.com that endeavors to keep track of records was in the midst of switching computer systems and files were not available.

“I think this was my best ride to date and my Grand Prix ride was my best ride to date,” Brittany told dressage-news.com after the World Cup competition.

William Warren of the U.S., speaking for the panel of five judges, described the performance of Brittany and All In as, “Wonderful harmony between horse and rider.”

She owns All In with her husband Marc-Andre Beaulieu and are based in Montreal with their 19-month-old son.

Brittany and All In competed at Small Tour on the Canadian team that won silver at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and in 2018 at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon.

They are Canada’s top ranked combination and pursuing a place on Canada’s team for the Olympics in Tokyo delayed for a year by the coronavirus to July.

With a record score in the books, Brittany plans to enter All In (Tango x Damiro), originally called Alex by the breeder, for the season’s only remaining World Cup event at Global next month with the aim of earning one of the two places reserved for North America at the Final in Gothenburg, Sweden in April.

Ashley Holzer and Pop Art at the 2009 World Cup Final in 2009 where the pair set a Canadian Grand Prix Freestyle record. Ashley now competes for the United States. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Standings are based on results from two qualifiers.

The USA’s Charlotte Jorst of Reno, Nevada on Kastel’s Nintendo is at the top of the North American standings with a total of 26 points from two victories in qualifiers at Thermal, California late last year.

Olivia LaGoy-Weltz on Lonoir has one result earning 20 points under the format introduced this year that is based on points for placings instead of score averages.

Olivia of Haymarket, Virgina plans to compete in the season’s final qualifier as does Brittany who has never competed at a World Cup Final that is based on the freestyle and invites 18 combinations from around the world.

Other combinations in the hunt include Anna Marek of Dunnellon, Florida on Dee Clair with 21 points, Anna Buffini of San Diego, California on FRH Davinia la Douce and Carly Taylor-Smith of Somis, California on Rosalut NHF both on 20 points. The new system provides for a maximum of 20 points for the winner and declining for lower placings if there are eight or more starting combinations, but only a maximum of 13 points for fewer than eight pairs in the competition.

The Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special record scores for Canada are held by Belinda Trussell on Anton that competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the 2010 and 2014 World Games and the 2015 Pan Ams.