Kevin Kohmann (GER) on Five Star Nails WEC FEI Prix St. Georges CDI3*
Sunday, April 18, 2021
Kevin Kohmann and Five Star, an 11-year-old KWPN stallion by Amazing Star owned by Equitas LLC, put in a wonderful test in their first trip down centerline at World Equestrian Center – Ocala, earning a score of 74.216% for the win. They received a high score of 76.176% from judge at C, William Warren.
Kohmann, who has been riding Five Star for two years, brought the talented horse along from Fourth Level after meeting the horse’s owner, Olga Hartsock, by chance and taking an interest in the special stallion.
“I asked if she needed some help and she said yes,” recalled Kohmann. “That’s how it happened. A few days later, she bought him over with a leadline and put him in a stall in my barn, and that’s where he stayed.”
Kohmann describes Five Star as “extremely consistent and extremely smart.” He added, “I taught him the one-tempis in two days. It’s fun to work with a partner like that. He has not let me down a single time so far. He’s always with me.”
The pair will continue in the Intermediate-1 and I-1 Freestyle classes this weekend before moving up to the grand prix level later this year.
“Right now, we’re schooling all the grand prix movements at home,” noted Kohmann, who is also riding in his last competition as a German citizen, having gained his U.S. citizenship this year. “We wanted to finish the season at Small Tour to promote him nicely since he’s now breeding a lot. That’s really exciting. It was more important for us to have one season where we get out there, create a name for ourselves, and now we’re ready to start with the grand prix.”
Kohmann said that World Equestrian Center – Ocala is “the best facility I’ve seen in my life.
“Anybody I’ve spoken to says the same thing,” he continued. “I’m walking around here, and I find new things anywhere I go. Starting with how they manage the manure here, the Big Ass fans, the A/C, the walkways, the footing, the trailer parking; it doesn’t stop. Everything is amazing.”
Along with Five Star’s win, his owner Olga Hartsock of CaptiveOne Advisors, sponsor of Arena 1 at World Equestrian Center – Ocala, was victorious in the Prix St. Georges – Amateur class on Jinta, owned by Equitas LLC. They scored 65.049% to win the class.
Ashely Holzer Second AND Third
Second and third place in the FEI Prix St. Georges went to Ashley Holzer (USA). On Bliss, a nine-year-old Oldenburg mare (Boreaux x Likoto) she owns with Dr. Diane Fellows, Holzer placed second with 72.500%. She was third with a score of 70.637% on Hansel, an eight-year-old KWPN stallion by Don Olymbrio x Metall owned by P.J. Rizvi.
Holzer echoed Kohmann’s sentiments about competing at the new venue. “It’s an incredible facility and a huge addition to equestrian sport in America,” she expressed. “It’s top-notch, from the indoor arenas, to the outdoor rings, to the stalls that are huge with fans and the beautiful StableComfort flooring. They’ve really done every detail. It’s just exceptional. I’m really, really impressed.”
Holzer was “thrilled” with both of her horses in the Prix St. Georges, since neither has much international experience; it was only Bliss’s third international class and it was the first for Hansel.
“[Bliss] is one of those horses that internalizes tension,” said Holzer. “Today she felt just amazing in this ring. I was in one trot extension and just thought, ‘Oh what the heck, let’s go for it.’ It’s so great to feel a horse relax a little in the ring, and you can start to see its potential. That was pretty exciting.”
While Rizvi is Hansel’s usual rider, Holzer wanted to capitalize on the opportunity to give the young horse experience at a new venue. “He was incredibly tight when we got here on Wednesday, but he was all business in the ring today,” she said. “I was even able to let the reins go a little at the walk, which I wasn’t sure I could do. I think both horses really went in that ring and gave it their all, and that’s always such a nice thing to feel as a rider.”
The World Equestrian Center Dressage III CDI3* will continue on Saturday, April 17, with the FEI Intermediate 1 CDI3* at 8 a.m. and the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3* at 6 p.m.
Final Results: FEI Prix St. Georges CDI3*
Maria Colliander (FIN) at E score, William Warren (USA) at C score, Marian Cunningham (PER) at M score, Total Score
1 Five Star: 2010 KWPN stallion by Amazing Star x Jazz owned by Equitas LLC
Kevin Kohmann (GER): 71.625, 76.176, 74.706, 74.216%
2 Bliss: 2012 Oldenburg mare by Boreaux x Likoto owned by Dr. Diane Fellows and Ashley Holzer
Ashley Holzer (USA): 72.353, 72.059, 73.088, 72.500%
3 Hansel: 2013 KWPN stallion by Don Olymbrio x Metall owned by P.J. Rizvi
Ashley Holzer (USA): 70.588, 69.265, 72.059, 70.637%
4 Grayton Beach: 2011 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Negro x UB 40 owned by Jodie Kelly-Baxley
Jodie Kelly-Baxley (USA): 71.765, 70.882, 68.676, 70.441%
5 Holiday: 2013 KWPN gelding owned by Anna Marek
Anna Marek (USA): 69.118, 68.971, 70.882, 69.657%
6 Felissirana: 2010 KWPN mare by Belissimo M x Prestige VDL owned by Alise Carrico
Anna Marek (USA): 70.441, 67.647, 70.294, 69.461%