Monday, March 16, 2009

Ashley Holzer & Pop Art qualify for World Cup

Ecogold-sponsored three-time Olympian Ashley Holzer and Pop Art secured their place at the FEI World Cup Final with a victory in the WEF Dressage Classic Grand Prix musical freestyle at the Palm Beach Equestrian Center on Saturday March 14. Already leading the North American standings, their results qualified them for the 2009 World Cup in Las Vegas.

We had the chance to travel to Wellington, Florida at the end of January and watch Ashley & Pop Art win both the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle at the CDI-W Gold Coast Opener. Riding in the Frictionless Dressage saddle pad, they performed their Olympic Grand Prix Freestyle scoring 76.250% for the double victory.
“I wasn't feeling very well but nonetheless Poppy really helped me out and did one of the best freestyles he has ever done,” remarked Holzer, who is one of the top ten riders in the world on the FEI Dressage World Ranking List. “It was clean and expressive. His piaffe and passage were fabulous and without tension. His lack of tension enabled me to have a much better walk tour as well.”