Wellington, FL – March 31, 2016 – Two weeks ago Allison Brock clinched the CDI4* Grand Prix Special title in a torrential thunderstorm, and today she returned to add another win to her 2016 season. Brock and Rosevelt, a 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Fritz and Claudine Kundrun, earned a 73.7 percent to win the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 12 CDI3* Grand Prix.
“It was very hot out there today,” Brock said. “He was really good, very honest and he was trying hard. There were some small things, but I’m so pleased that he is manning up to everything. He is showing me that he is capable of manning up despite the other week’s rain, lightning, and thunder, and the heat a week later. I am really proud of him. I think he is proud of himself too.”
The pair had taken a break from the show arena mid-season in order to finetune their training. She is pleased with the consistency Rosevelt is showing and his confidence going down centerline.
“I loved the beginning of my test, and he was taking me,” Brock explained. “He basically ran away with me in my extended canter. Normally I can really go for it and he comes back beautifully on a dime, but I thought he was thinking, ‘Hmm, maybe I’ll jump!’”
As the Wellington season is wrapping up, Brock is looking forward to taking a breather before preparing to go to Europe for the competitions that will serve as U.S. Olympic selection trials.
“It’s nice to feel that he is trained enough, old enough, and I’m more seasoned so things get better as a combination,” Brock said. “I think Robert [Dover] was happy that the American flag was waving with the steep competition.”
Ashley Holzer of Canada came in close behind Brock on her 2012 Olympic mount Breaking Dawn, a 15-year-old Dutch warmblood gelding owned by PJ Rizvi. Holzer and Breaking Dawn earned a score of 72.68 percent. Rizvi has had a busy season competing Breaking Dawn herself in the CDI ring, but enjoys watching her horse find success from the sidelines.
“There is nothing better to me than seeing someone as talented as Ashley bring out the best in a horse,” Rizvi said. “I work really hard [as a rider] and I love this, but there is nothing more special then to see someone who is great and takes something to the next level. I get so excited when I watch her ride and I’m so happy for the both of them because they are both so special.”
Holzer and Rizvi have been friends for many years, and whenever Rizvi is out of town, she invites Holzer to ride him. Rizvi compliments the pair’s solid piaffe and passage tour, as well as their clean tempi changes.
“Her canter zigzag, which tends to be my challenge in every test, was amazing,” Rizvi laughed. “She landed with plenty of room, unlike me who tends to get close to C! Ashley brings an experience and relationship that we both have to the horse.”
Lars Petersen and Mariett, an 18-year-old Danish Warmblood mare co-owned by Marcia Pepper and Petersen, placed third in the large class with a 70.98 percent. He believed the heat, her older age, and the fact that it is the end of a long show season contributed to her lack of energy in the Grand Prix test.
“She was out of gas,” Petersen said. “Normally she is not so bad when it’s hot, but I just didn’t have any energy today. I was happy with my canter tour with my tempis and pirouettes, but the piaffe and passage were a bit too dead.”
Results: AGDF 12 CDI3* Grand Prix
Judges: E: Jena (SWE)/H: Tubman (CAN)/C: Wysocki (USA)/M: Storr (GBR)/B: Torrente (COL)
1. Allison Brock/USA/Rosevelt/73.700
2. Ashley Holzer/CAN/Breaking Dawn/72.680
3. Lars Petersen/DEN/Mariett/70.980
4. Katherine Bateson Chandler/USA/Alcazar/70.840
5. Lisa Wilcox/USA/Galant/70.460
6. Shelly Francis/USA/Danilo/69.600
7. Brittany Fraser/CAN/All In/68.520
8. Olivia LaGoy-Weltz/USA/Rassing’s Lonoir/67.540
9. Beatrice Marienau/USA/Stefano 8/67.52
10. Catherine Haddad-Staller/USA/Mane Stream Hotmail/67.460