Saugerties, New York – Canadians cleaned up in CDI3* competition at the Centerline Events CDI at Hits on Hudson. In their first outing since the Florida circuit, the Canadian pair of Brittany Fraser and All In nabbed first place in both the CDI3* Prix St. Georges and Intermediate I. Fraser and her eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood won the Prix St. Georges with a score of 73.509 percent and the Intermediate I with a score of 72.632. The Intermediate Freestyle was won by another Canadian – Maya Markowski riding Lumiere to a score of 71.875. Taking blue in both the CDI3* Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special was Canadian Ashley Holzer riding the 13-year-old Jewel’s Adelante. The pair scored 68.936 in the Grand Prix and 71.021 in the Special. The Grand Prix Freestyle was won by Canadian Jacqueline Brooks riding D’Niro to a score of 71.550. The CDI3* winners are linked not only by nationality but also by friendship. Holzer and Brooks have long been friends and Fraser, 25, now trains with Holzer who she credits with her success at Saugerties.
When asked her plans for All In Fraser simply says she’ll do “whatever Ashley wants me to do. I trust she’ll lead me in the right direction. She has so far.” Holzer says the credit for Canadians Conquer Centerline Events Dressage CDI3* at HITS on Hudson
Fraser’s victories this past weekend belong to Fraser. “I tell a lot of people to do a lot of things, but Brittany doesn’t just listen, she does it well. She rode beautifully at Saugerties. Yes, she has an amazing horse but you still have to be able to ride an amazing horse. Brittany works very, very hard. She’s one of those kids you want to see succeed.”
In addition to Holzer, Fraser gives credit to her dad, Craig, for being a big supporter of her riding career. He helped her purchase All In at the Equine Elite Auction in Holland when the horse was five years old. “I was attracted to him because he was very flashy and I liked the way he felt underneath me. He was very forward. We had a budget and it just so happened that he fell within that budget. I knew he was a nice horse but I didn’t know that he would be this nice.”
His movement, especially is trot, is still All In’s best feature, Fraser said. “He always scores high in his trot work because he’s such a big mover.” The pair showed this past winter on the Florida circuit but Fraser says All In was still quite green and hot, but that was not the case at the Centerline Events show in Saugerties. “It was the first show since the Florida season and I wasn’t sure what to expect but he was relaxed and did his job beautifully.”
Having now spent the summer focused on training, Fraser and All In are truly back in show mode. They’ll be competing at both the New England Dressage Association Fall Festival in September and at Dressage at Devon. They’ve also begun working on the Grand Prix movements but Fraser said she’d like to aim for the Pan American Games in Rio. Along with coaching Fraser, Holzer was busy collecting her own blue ribbons in CDI3* competition. She had also taken off the summer from showing to work on training and the Centerline Events CDI was her first competition since the Florida circuit. “As a result, we were well prepared,” Holzer said. Jewel’s Adelante, her Grand Prix partner in the Centerline Events competition, is owned by Elaine Cordia van Reesema and Holzer has been riding the horse while van Reesema took time off to have a baby. Holzer said she opted to compete the horse in order to get a better idea of how Jewel rides in competition “so that I can do a better job coaching Elaine when she takes over the ride in the ring.”
Van Reesema plans to take back in the saddle in October and Holzer said she’ll then be focusing more on her up-and-coming partner, the 8-year-old Westfalen stallion Dressed in Black, co owned by Dr. Diane Fellows. “I’ve had this horse since he was three,” Holzer said of Dressed in Black, “but I hadn’t shown him until the Florida season last year and it showed. He was very green.”
Hozler’s previous Grand Prix partner, Breaking Dawn, also competed at the Centerline Events show and also earned a blue ribbon in competition with his owner and rider P.J. Rizvi. Rizvi and Breaking Down won the East Coast Rider’s Cup FEI Grand Prix with a score of 68.457.
Holzer said it was the first time that Rizvi had competed at Grand Prix. “I told her to ride the Intermediate but she said then she’d have to memorize two tests and was afraid of doing that. She already memorized the Grand Prix so wanted to do that. She has never shown Grand Prix before and I tell you, she’s probably shown in dressage only five or six times in her life. That she won the USEF Grand Prix is unbelievable.”
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