October 1, 2007

Holzer, Dueck and Deter Lead Canadian Challenge at Dressage at Devon

Canadian double Olympian Ashley Holzer, currently residing in New York, NY, won the Grand Prix and placed third in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the CDI–W/Y/J Dressage at Devon, held September 28–30 in Devon, PA, USA.

Riding Pop Art (Amsterdam x Cabouchon), a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Holzer and Ian Nicoll, Holzer scored 71.250% in the Grand Prix test. The duo then performed a brilliant freestyle to earn 72.100%.

"I was thrilled to win the Grand Prix in Devon with such a competitive group of horses," remarked Holzer. "I was very happy with the freestyle. Once Pop Art began to settle and enjoy the crowd, his piaffe and passage were really spectacular."

Jacqueline Brooks from Mount Albert, ON, and Gran Gesto (Grannox x Goldstern), an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Brinc Ltd. and Anne Welch, finished in eighth place in the Grand Prix (65.667%) and moved up four places to finish in fourth position in the Grand Prix Freestyle (70.250%).

The Grand Prix also saw multiple Olympian Cindy Ishoy, of Jerseyville, ON, with her horse Proton (Patriarch x Rosenkavalier), a 10-year-old Baden-Wurttemberg gelding, finish in ninth place (65.417%). The pair also scored 66.100% for 10th place in the Grand Prix Freestyle.

In a competitive field of 45 entries, Shannon Dueck, a current resident of Loxahatchee, FL, placed fourth in Prix St. Georges class riding M. Evan Lindsay’s 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Control (Come Back II x Lobster) with a score of 67.000%. Close behind Dueck, in fifth place, was Jacqueline Brooks of Mt. Albert, ON, and Balmoral (Belcanto x Consul), a Canadian-bred eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Nick and Jean Vinios, Anne and John Welch and Brinc Ltd, with 66.917%. Neil Ishoy of Binbrook, ON, and Lone Star (Lauries Crusador XX x World Cup 1), an eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Ishoy and his wife Cindy, placed sixth with 65.833%. Tied for eighth place (65.167%) was Gillian Sutherland and her horse Great Tyme (Granulit), a 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding. Riding Nimos (Jet Set D x Dandy Boy), a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Daphne Haagmans placed 13th (64.167%).

 Other Canadian placings in the Prix St. Georges class were Chris Von Martels and Dr. Patricia Tomney’s Korenbloem Charmeur, Lisa Von Martels aboard Gtangelo, Chris Sanders on Van Gogh and Armand Valkenborg with Seigneur.

The following day of competition again saw a number of Canadians ride to top ten placings in the Intermediaire I with the highest placing Canadian being Dueck and Control who finished second with a score of 66.833%. Ishoy and Lone Star placed fourth (65.167%) and Brooks and Balmoral were right behind, in fifth, with a score of 65.167%. With Great Tyme, Sutherland finished in eighth with 64.417%.

The Intermediaire I Freestyle took place on the final day of competition, with third place honours going to Brooks and Balmoral on a score of 66.800% and Sutherland riding Great Tyme finishing in fourth position (66.450%).

In the FEI Youth divisions, Tatianna Turcotte of Mont-Royal, QC, got Canada off to a stellar start when she won both the Pony Team Test (64.912%) and the Pony Individual Test (66.625%) with Serenity’s Dream On (Greystone’s An Llewellyn), an 11-year-old Connemara.

Building on the success of an already outstanding season, 2007 North American Junior and Young Rider multiple Gold Medalist Jade Deter of Kemptville, ON, and her horse Mastermind (Montmartre x Dialekt), a 10-year-old Westphalian gelding, dominated the FEI Junior Division by making a clean sweep of the Junior Team Test (66.250%), Junior Individual Test (70.250%) and the Junior Freestyle (66.500%).

"My horse has such a wonderful personality, and he is always ready to work," remarked Deter. "I am moving in to the the Young Riders division next season and Devon was a great way to finish my Junior years. Devon was a really great show, and everyone has been so supportive."

The FEI Young Rider Division also saw some strong performances from Canadian young athletes. In the Young Rider Team Test, Brittany Fraser of New Glasgow, NS, and her horse Furio (Elmegardens Fight x Alibi), an 11-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, placed fourth (65.852%). Fraser and Furio matched this with another fourth place in the Young Rider Prix St. Georges test with a score of 64.084%. Downtown (Del Mar x Joachim), an 11-year-old Westphalian gelding, and Cecile Von Martels of Ridgetown, ON, placed sixth with a score of 65.259%. Finishing in eighth place (64.741%) was Leah Wilson of Orangeville, ON, riding Sue Platz’s Westside Lady (Wesley x Lanthan) a 12-year-old Hanoverian mare.

The high point was undoubtedly the Young Rider Freestyle class where Fraser and Furio placed second (69.33%). Wilson and Westside Lady placed fourth (66.167%).

The international judging panel included Francis Verbeek-Von Rooy (FEI O—NED), Jacques Van Daele (FEI I—BEL), Lorraine Stubbs (FEI I— CAN), Barnabas Mandi (FEI O—HUN), Lois Yukins (FEI I—USA), Trond Asmyr (FEI I—NOR), Gotthilf Riexinger (FEI O—GER), Jane Weatherwax (FEI I—USA) and Hilda Gurney(FEI I—USA).


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