Our hearts go out to Ashley Holzer, her Mom Moreen Nichol, son in law Rusty Holzer, their children with the recent news her dad and #1 fan and supporter passed away, September 20, 2009. In 2008 Ian and Moreen Nicholl were honored as the [#26031 override="2008 Dressage Canada owners of the year" title="2008 Dressage Canada owners of the year"]. “Horses and their riders are the spotlight of our sport but it is fair to say that these stellar performances would not be possible unless one, two or three enthusiasts decide to become horse owners. This recognition is for them too as well as our friend Evi Pracht, mentor and ‘eyes on the ground'.” said Nicholl when he received word of this honor. As Ashley Holzer’s parents, the Nicoll family has been involved with horses since Ashley started riding at Sunnybrook Stables in Toronto, ON, at the age of 10. At the age of 13, Ashley received her own horse and began her show career.
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NICOLL, Ian W., OAA, FRAIC ret. - Sadly passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2009. Loving and dedicated husband to Moreen for 54 years and incredibly proud father to Ashley and Greig. Affectionately named POPS, he leaves behind 5 grandchildren whom he adored so very much, Emma, Harrison, Shannon, Avery and Tristan, as well as son-in-law, Rusty Holzer and daughter-in-law Donna Nicoll. POPs was a great man who touched many peoples' lives with his kindness. He will be terribly missed by many good friends and irreplaceable to his family. Pops we love you and miss you now and forever. A funeral service will be held at ARMOUR HEIGHTS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 105 Wilson Avenue (1 block east of Avenue Rd.) on Wednesday, September 23 at 2 p.m. Flowers are appreciated and may be forwarded to Morley Bedford Funeral Home.