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Dressage Canada Sweeps Podium in First World Equestrian Center CDI Grand Prix

Friday, April 16, 2021
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WORLD EQUESTRIAN CENTER - OCALA, FLORIDA

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The World Equestrian Center Dressage III CDI3* opened competition on Friday, April 16, bringing international dressage riders from seven different nations to the World Equestrian Center – Ocala for the first time at the new venue. In what will be history for Dressage at the WEC, Lindsay Kellock (CAN) and Sebastien won the first FEI Grand Prix CDI3* 

Kellock and Sebastien won the FEI Grand Prix CDI3* with a score of 71.522%, their fifth grand prix-level victory together.

“It was probably one of my best tests yet, feeling-wise,” said Kellock following her win. “I think our passage was very good today. I think our piaffes have improved. We got really good one-time changes and a good trot half-pass. I think overall we were consistent throughout the ride today."

Tokyo Olympics One Step Closer

Kellock and Sebastien showed throughout the winter and took a break before heading to World Equestrian Center – Ocala to try and achieve their final qualifying scores for the Canadian team to head to the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Lindsay Kellock and Sebastien in their winning presentation with groom Meghan Donovan, judge at C Maria Colliander, and Jennifer Glass of World Equestrian Center, along with their new STX Showbox.
Lindsay Kellock and Sebastien in their winning presentation with groom Meghan Donovan, judge at C Maria Colliander, and Jennifer Glass of World Equestrian Center, along with their new STX Showbox.

“We decided to give him a break and reassess what he needed and what I needed to do,” she said of the 15-year-old Rheinlander gelding by Sandro Hit x Fidermark owned by Enterprise Farm Equestrian LLC. “We worked with [trainer] Ashley [Holzer] and our team and made some changes. I felt really confident coming into this class, and I also knew that I really had to make a statement here for Canada and for our qualification. I’m really glad that we were able to do that today. He just gave it his all and was amazing.”

“We decided to give him a break and reassess what he needed and what I needed to do,” she said of the 15-year-old Rheinlander gelding by Sandro Hit x Fidermark owned by Enterprise Farm Equestrian LLC. “We worked with [trainer] Ashley [Holzer] and our team and made some changes. I felt really confident coming into this class, and I also knew that I really had to make a statement here for Canada and for our qualification. I’m really glad that we were able to do that today. He just gave it his all and was amazing.”

Thirty-year-old Kellock, who grew up riding with Olympian Jacquie Brooks in Canada, took a working student position at the age of 19 with four-time Olympian Ashley Holzer, who is also her godmother.

“[I was] thinking I was only going to be there for a year and then go back to school. You know how that goes!” she laughed. “I ended up managing and working for her for seven or so years. Now I’ve been on my own for three years and riding for Enterprise Farm and a couple of other people. I train every season with Ashley, and we train virtually as much as possible when I’m in New York. She’s my mentor, and my everything. She’s like family to me and a huge part of my career, so I’m grateful to her for that.”

She added, “I want to say a special thank you to Sebastien’s owner, Melissa Schiff. She’s been a huge supporter of mine, and she’s just been great to have as an owner. I’m excited for the future with the horse and with Melissa as an owner.”

Canadian Sweep

Second place went to fellow countrywoman Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and All In, a 16-year-old KWPN gelding by Tango x Damiro owned by Brittany Fraser and Marc Andre Beaulieu. They received a score of 70.848%.

Canada swept the podium with a third-place finish for Chris Von Martels on Eclips, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding by Apache x Olympic Ferro owned by Barbara Soederhuizen and Chris Von Martels, with a score of 70.826%.

“Brittany, Chris, Naima and Jill are all very good friends of mine,” said Kellock of her fellow Canadian riders. “It’s been so fun to be here competing with all of them. Especially at the end of a long season, to come here and do top three with the Canadians is really great. This facility is mind-blowing too.”

Final Results: FEI Grand Prix CDI3*

Cesar Lopardo-Grana (ARG) at E score, Agnieszka Majewska (POL) at H score, Maria Colliander (FIN) at C score, William Warren (USA) at M score, Kari McClain
(USA) at B score, Total Score

1 Sebastien: 2006 Rheinlander gelding by Sandro Hit x Fidermark owned by Enterprise Farm Equestrian LLC and Lindsay Kellock
Lindsay Kellock (CAN): 71.196, 73.261, 71.087, 71.196, 70.870, 71.522%

2 All In: 2005 KWPN gelding by Tango x Damiro owned by Brittany Fraser and Marc Andre Beaulieu
Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu (CAN): 72.500, 70.217, 69.022, 70.326, 72.174, 70.848%

3 Eclips: 2009 KWPN gelding by Apache x Olympic Ferro owned by Barbara Soederhuizen and Chris Von Martels
Chris Von Martels (CAN): 72.065, 68.804, 70.435, 72.500, 70.326, 70.826%

4 Cavalia: 2007 KWPN mare by Sir Donnerhall x I.P.S. Gribaldi owned by Jessica Howington
Jessica Howington (USA): 72.609, 68.043, 67.717, 68.370, 73.043, 69.957%

5 Degas 12: 2002 Hanoverian gelding by De Niro 6 x Regazzoni owned by Jill Irving
Jill Irving (CAN): 75.000, 68.913, 67.717, 67.717, 70.109, 69.891%

6 Frankie: 2009 Hanoverian mare by Florencio 2 x A Jungle Prince owned by Catherine Haddad Staller
Catherine Haddad Staller (USA): 67.283%, 67.174, 68.152, 70.326, 70.217, 68.630%