Ashley Holzer and Countess Crowned Custom Saddlery Most Valuable Rider, Pays It Forward to Para Dressage Rider Kelby Barranco
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Praising the 16.2-hand liver chestnut Danish (Don x Compeed x Solos) warmblood as a “goer,” Holzer piloted Countess down center line to a 70.526% finish for reserve honors.
“When you get her attention and balance, she's ready to go. She almost chomps at the bit a little too much.” The 12 year-old mare's youthful exuberance led owner Brittany Fraser to offer Holzer, her trainer, the ride.
“I'm a big proponent of teaching by showing,” said Holzer. “When Brittany asked if I'd like a go on her, I said, sure. She was fabulous!” Countess was imported from Denmark to Canada by Erin Crawford, before finding her way to Fraser and Holzer.
“She's the right fit for Brittany,” her instructor assured. “She's going to set a path as an up-and-coming star.” A Custom Saddlery Most Valuable Rider Award suggests everyone is already hitting their stride as the season begins.
All MVR Award winners receive an embroidered Custom Saddlery saddle pad and at the conclusion of the CDI circuit, join a list of 2014 Custom Saddlery MVR’s automatically entered to win the MVR Grand Prize: a new saddle from the company respected for a quarter of a century as one of the most innovative saddle makers in the dressage world.
This marks the second year that the MVR Award, created by Cary Wallace, Master Saddlefitter for Aiken, SC-based Custom Saddlery, has been with AGDF, and recognizes riders going an extra mile or adding something special to a show through exceptional performance, horsemanship or teamwork.
The Adequan Global Dressage Festival is the world's largest international and national dressage circuit featuring 8 CDIs, including five CDI-Ws, one 4* and one 5*, the only non-championship CDIO Nations' Cup in the Western Hemisphere, as well as weekly U.S. National events now through March 30.
Custom Saddlery is a proud sponsor of Most Valuable Riders throughout their dressage community. For more information on Custom Saddlery visit their website at www.mysaddle.com.
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