Canada's Ashley Holzer & Pop Art Win Grand Prix for Saturday Night Musical Freestyle at WEF Dressage Classic CDI-W

Friday, March 13, 2009

WELLINGTON, Fla., Mar. 12--Already assured of a trip to the FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas, Canada's Ashley Holzer took advantage of a last chance to ride her Pop Art under the lights by winning the Grand Prix for the musical freestyle at the WEF Dressage Classic CDI-W Thursday. Holzer, who lives in New York and Wellington, scored 72.511 percent to take first place in the final FEI World Cup class before the Las Vegas Final April 15-19. "I love showing at WEF," Holzer said. "It's great to be able to get ready for Las Vegas by riding on the great footing under lights."

Holzer, a three-time Olympian for her native Canada, has already fulfilled the requirement of three FEI World Cup competitions that has placed her and her Olympic partner atop the North American League.

Mikala Munter Gundersen on the Horses Unlimited Leonberg and Olympic and World Cup veteran Lars Petersen on his Success, finished second and third, respectively, with 70.170 percent and 68.043 percent at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Both ride for Denmark but now live in Wellington.

The Grand Prix Musical Freestyle competition will be under lights in PBIEC's International Arena beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday.

General admission seating is free.

Reservations for the VIP International Club with dinner and an open bar and for VIP box seats can be made at www.equestriansport.com or by telephoning Annette Goyette at 561.793.5864.

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