Plaque Presentation to First Founding Sponsors ( Chesapeake Dressage Institute founder Janet Richardson-Pearson and William Pearson, Chris and Rob Desino, Matt Varney, Kimberly and Frederick Boyer, Terri and Devon Kane, Tuny and David Page, and Joseph and Gaye Scarpa )
Ashley Holzer And Pop Art Shine At The $15,000 Wellington Dressage Classic CDI***
At Global Dressage Festival
Presented by the Chesapeake Dressage Institute Wellington, FL – March 15, 2012- Ashley Holzer and Pop Art were the big winners of the FEI Grand Prix at the $15,000 Wellington Dressage Classic CDI***, presented by the Chesapeake Dressage Institute, held March 15-18 at the Global Dressage Festival (GDF)Stadium show grounds in Wellington, FL. Holzer and Pop Art garnered a score of 71.447% from the five international judges, enough to hold off Tina Konyot and Calecto V, who scored 70.191% for second place. Heather Blitz and the 10 year old Paragon finished third with a 70.128% gaining more strength and confidence with each outing. The big chestnut gelding performed well and Holzer seemed to be enjoying the ride. This is one of a long list of wins for Pop Art and this mother of three and coach for multiple amateur riders. Holzer can always been seen at shows, hopping from a Grand Prix win to make it to another arena in the national classes in time to coach a warm up and call a test for one of her students.
Holzer was on Canada’s bronze medal team at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and represented her homeland in the 2004 Olympics in Athens and the 2008 Beijing Games. She represented Canada in the first World Equestrian Games in Stockholm in 1990 then in Jerez, Spain in 2002, Aachen Germany in 2006 and the World Cup Finals in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1989 and Las Vegas in 2009. She also won team gold at the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba, and team silver at the 2003 Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo.
The Prix St. Georges class was won by Caroline Roffman and Pie, who, with a score of 68.789%, narrowly beat Shawna Harding on Riggo with 68.526%. Harding was all smiles, even after coming in second. “This is the first time he has been at this venue,” she stated. “He was really energized. Overall I think his performance was really good. He tried to stay with me even though he was a little distracted. His movements are spectacular. He’s a fantastic horse and he does really try.”
Imported in 2006, Rigo, a 2001 Hanoverian Gelding by Rotspon has excelled in Harding’s program. At 16.1 hands, this little powerhouse has already garnered several awards in his young career. Rigo accompanied Harding last summer along with her Grand Prix mount Come On III to Europe where they immersed themselves in training and competition.
Riders from the United States and several nations will be competing at the GDF. International competition on Saturday, March 17 features the FEI Intermediare I in the morning, and the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle class which will once again be held under the lights in the evening. Sunday, March 18 features the FEI Olympic Grand Prix Special and the FEI Intermediare Freestyle.
The best place to enjoy international competition at the GDF is in the Global Pavilion. There are a limited number of tickets available for tables where guests are treated to a breakfast buffet and lunch with an open bar. The Pavilion will also be open on Saturday evening during the Freestyle. A reserved table for 6 guests during the three days of international competition is $1,500. To make reservations, please call Annette Goyette at 561-784-1120.
For more information please visit the Global Dressage Festival website at: www.globaldressagefestival.com
Chesapeake Dessage institute hosted their yearly Christmas party, with good munchies, much merriment and the gift swap
CDI hosted 15 clinics this season. Seven Uwe Steiner Clinics, our annual George Williams Clinic and seven Jan Brons Clinics
Despite being postponed a week by Hurricane Irene, La Fiesta Del Verano proves to overcome mother nature and go on without a hitch!
CDI is proud to announce the inclusion to their organization of George Williams, Betsy Steiner and Debra Weidmaier to its Board. These luminous stars of the dressage world have graciously offered to share their expertise and advice to CDI as it continues its mission of commitment to the education of the dressage community. With CDI’s emphasis on bringing the best of the dressage world to its facility, offering clinics for local trainers and riders, it continues to strive to increase its breadth of educational opportunities to the area. Much wonderful advice has already been given, and we are honored at their acceptance of our request. We look forward to working together to increase the learning opportunities to the dressage world, with our desire to promote classically correct and humane training methods.
President of the United States Dressage Federation and a member of the United States Equestrian Federation Committee. George is a highly accomplished International Grand Prix competitor including Dressage at Devon, Team Bronze at CHIO Aachen, and World Cup in Sweden. To see the latest article on George from USDF click here.
American World Championship team member and USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medalist. Betsy’s three decade successes as a trainer and competitor are extensive and include USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medals along with numerous FEI wins. For more information on Betsy see her website at www.BetsySteiner.com.
Debra is an FEI trainer and rider that has accomplished USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medals and successfully shown in Europe and the U.S. She has been USET Long Listed for Can/Am and the Olympics for 1992 – 1996. For more information on Debra see her website at www.DWDressage.com
All photos courtesy of Shari Glickman
Betsy Steiner and Findlay’s Titaan
Jessie Steiner and Remington
Janna Dyer Bakhramov and Prezent
Lisa Gruen and Jolie
Marija Treischman and Casac
Siobhan Byrne and Baronessa
Todd Bryan and Waldo