Wellington, Fla. – March 15, 2018 – On the first day of Grand Prix competition during Week 10 of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Brittany Fraser and her 13-year-old KWPN gelding All In (Tango – Leontine, Damiro) gelding danced their way down centerline to claim their first CDI Grand Prix win of their career with a score of 71.957 percent.
Fraser and All In have competed in CDI Grand Prix since 2015. The pair had come close to winning numerous times, but the blue ribbon evaded them in the Grand Prix until today. Last year, the Canadian rider placed first in the CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle to Music in Saugerties, New York, and Devon, Pennsylvania.
Claiming the red ribbon was American rider Shelly Francis aboard Danilo, Patricia Stempel’s 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding (De Niro – Annabella, Andiamo) with a score of 71.848 percent. Francis and Danilo have recently qualified for the 2018 FEI World Cup Finals and will represent the United States in Paris, France, April 11-15.
Clinching the yellow ribbon was Ashley Holzer and Havanna 145, Diane Fellow’s 11-year-old Hanoverian mare (Hochadel – Riviera, Rodgau), earning a score of 70.783 percent. Holzer and the mare were recently named to the United States Dressage team that will compete in the CDIO 3* Nations Cup during Week 12 of the AGDF.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Brittany Fraser – First Place
On Her Ride:
“It was awesome! I had a really good feeling leading up to this show. We were working on getting the movements confirmed and making sure he was really schooled, and I think that showed today. He was so on my aids – every time I sent him forward, he came right back to me. This is his third year doing the Grand Prix, and I feel like he finally knows his job and is more confident in what he’s doing. I’m so happy with him.”
On All In:
“He comes out every day and he tries really hard. I’ve owned him since he was 5-years-old, and have really been his only rider. We started at First Level and worked our way up through the levels. We found him at Equine Elite during an auction in Holland, and I only sat on him for ten minutes – he felt like a rocket ship and I said ‘Yep, that’s the one!’ You never know what they’re going to be like when you buy them that young. It’s a bit of a gamble but he’s been an amazing horse for me and I’ve been so grateful.”
On Her Future Plans:
“I’m going to do the Nations Cup [in Wellington] and the CDI in Tryon. After that I’m not sure. I’ll probably take him home to Montreal so he can rest for a couple weeks and then do the CDI in Ottawa. My options are open – I’m still on the fence about going to Europe. We’d really like to but we have to do the best thing for him. My main goal is WEG, so I just want to keep him as fit and as sound as possible. We’re leaving our options open and seeing how the next three shows go, then we’ll see where I stand.”
Results: CDI 4* Grand Prix for Grand Prix Special
Place / Rider / Country / Horse / Total Score
1. Brittany Fraser / CAN / All In / 71.957
2. Shelly Francis / USA / Danilo / 71.848
3. Ashley Holzer / USA / Havanna 145 / 70.783
4. Megan Lane / CAN / San D’or / 70.152
5. PJ Rizvi / USA / Breaking Dawn / 68.826
6. Jill Irving / CAN / Degas 12 / 68.826
7. Michael Klimke / GER / Royal Dancer 33 / 68.630
8. Kiichi Harada / JPN / Egistar / 67.500
9. Juan Matute Guimon / ESP / Quantico Ymas / 66.783
10. Christoph Koschel / GER / Ballentines 10 / 65.196
11. Joanne Vaughan / GEO / Elmegardens Marquis