USA’s Ashley Holzer & Valentine Win Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix Special, Germany’s Christoph Koschel & American-Owned Dünensee Take CDI4* Special

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Ashley Holzer and Valentine celeb rating victory in the Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Special. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 26, 2022–The USA’s Ashley Holzer on Valentine posted a personal best score to win the Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Special Saturday while Germany’s Christoph Koschel on the American-owned Dünensee won the CDI4* Special to complete double victories for both combinations.

Ashley and her 12-year-old Hanoverian mare were awarded 72.170% for the 3* victory while Christoph and the 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding scored 69.957% to win the 4*.

Both combinations won the Grand Prix Thursday in the final Big Tour competitions at the Global Dressage Festival winter circuit of seven CDIs.

Katie Duerrhammer of Greenwood Village, Colorado and Paxton placed second on 70.255%.

Laurence Vanommeslaghe of Belgium on Havalon was third on 70.106%.

Ashley, whose previous Grand Prix Special best on Valentine was 67.234% posted a month ago, received helpful advice from a visitor this week that gave her confidence to deal with what she thought might be a horse tired after the three-month season.

The advice came from Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, Olympic and European champion and world No. 1, in Wellington for a masterclass.

“She was like, ‘Ash–just trust her, she’ll do it, just trust her.’ It was what I needed to hear so it’s really been helpful.”

Christoph Koschel of Germany on the American-owned Dünensee in the Global Dressage Festival CDI4* Grand Prix Special. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Christoph took over the ride on Dünensee, owned by Terri and Devon Kane’s Diamante Farm of Wellington, this winter.

“I had a super nice feeling today,” he said. “He was really light in my hand, and… okay, we have end of the season and then maybe you don’t have the same energy like the first CDI, but I was super happy because he was really fighting for me in there still.”

Susan Dutta of Wellington on Don Design DC, a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding, was runner-up on 69.255%.

Naïma Moreira Laliberté of Canadian on Statesman was third on 68.915%.

Results:

CDI4* Grand Prix Special

Judges: Maarten Van der Heijden Peter Storr Thomas Keßler Sandra Hotz Marlena Gruca Rucinska
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 69.957 GER Christoph Koschel Dünensee 72.021 68.191 69.574 70.957 69.043
2. 69.255 USA Susan Dutta Don Design DC 67.872 68.936 68.830 70.000 70.638
3. 68.915 CAN Naïma Moreira Laliberté Statesman 68.511 71.277 68.617 68.085 68.085
4. 67.745 CAN Ariana Chia Fiderflame 65.957 70.000 67.553 67.447 67.766
5. 65.468 USA Katherine Bateson Chandler Alcazar 65.532 66.596 63.404 66.064 65.745
6. 64.702 USA Jan Ebeling Bellena 63.511 63.617 62.979 65.319 68.085
7. 64.362 CAN Diane Creech Chrevis Christo 62.553 65.851 63.936 66.383 63.085
8. 63.787 CAN Jill Irving Arthur 65.532 61.277 62.447 64.149 65.532
9. 63.638 USA Mikala Münter Skyfall 62.979 61.702 64.149 64.574 64.787
10. 63.085 JPN Kiichi Harada Sir Galanto 62.021 64.362 62.128 64.043 62.872

 

CDI3* Grand Prix Special

Judges: Stephen Clarke Kurt Christensen Sven-Günter Rothenberger Marlena Gruca Rucinska Maarten Van der Heijden
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 72.170 USA Ashley Holzer Valentine 73.404 73.936 72.340 69.681 71.489
2. 70.255 USA Katie Duerrhammer Paxton 70.319 70.213 69.574 71.170 70.000
3. 70.106 BEL Laurence Vanommeslaghe Havalon 68.617 72.447 70.319 68.511 70.638
4. 67.766 USA Lehua Custer F.J. Ramzes 67.553 66.277 67.021 72.979 65.000
5. 67.128 USA Chase Shipka Gladstone Zee T 67.234 66.383 65.532 67.340 69.149
6. 66.681 USA Allison Carmichael Figaro 66.915 65.319 67.979 66.596 66.596
7. 66.426 USA Melissa Taylor Dixie WRF 66.277 67.872 64.681 66.915 66.383
8. 65.574 USA Patricia Becker Derk 66.596 65.638 64.255 64.787 66.596
9. 64.851 ISR Micah Deligdish Destiny 63.617 63.404 66.170 64.149 66.915
10. 64.745 CRC Gloriana Herrera Vampiro De Pereto 64.915 64.277 64.915 64.809 64.809
11. 63.851 CHI Virginia Yarur Ronaldo 63.511 62.872 64.894 63.404 64.574
12. 63.830 GUA Alexandra Dominguez Thomas Etanga 64.894 65.106 62.979 62.872 63.298
13. 62.979 USA Hope Cooper Flynn PCH 62.128 61.170 64.468 63.404 63.723