Allison Brock and Rosevelt Continue with Consistency in FEI Grand Prix CDI 3*, presented by Harmony Sporthorses

Written by Carly Weilminster - In Dressage - Friday, April 1, 2016

Allison Brock and Rosevelt Photo: SusanJStickle

Allison Brock (USA) and Rosevelt proved once again that their focus on consistency and communication so far this season is continuing to pay off as the duo earned a 73.700% in the FEI Grand Prix CDI 3*, presented by Harmony Sporthorses. Brock and Rosevelt were followed by Ashley Holzer (CAN) and Breaking Dawn with a 72.680%, and Lars Petersen (DEN) and Mariett who rounded out the top three with a score of 70.980%.

Brock and Rosevelt are finally feeling the results of their hard work this season, as both horse and rider have a newfound sense of confidence in the ring together. The pair have scored above 73% in their last two outings at AGDF in the Grand Prix, and Brock is thrilled with the progression the pair has made since the FEI CDI 5* at AGDF in February.

"It was very hot out there today, and he was just really good. He was really honest and trying hard. Yeah, there were small things again, but I'm just so pleased that he's really manning up to everything," said Brock. "He's showing that he's capable of manning up despite the circumstances, whether its lightning and rain like last week or hot like today. He's just like 'Ok, I'll do it.'"

"I'm really proud of him and at the same time, I think he's really proud of himself," she smiled.

"I loved the beginning of my test. I never want to say easy, ever, but he was taking me and he basically ran away with me in he extended canter," laughed Brock. "I was like 'Dude, whoa,' and normally I can really go for it and he goes beautifully and we can come back on a dime, but today I think he thought he wanted to jump!"

Over the past three months Brock has been very candid about the progress the duo has made, despite their small blip at the CDI 5*, where Brock felt the duo did not perform up to their best potential. "It's nice to feel that we're at a point where he's trained enough, he's old enough, and he's seen enough," she continued. "I'm more seasoned, and I think that is where it really starts to get better as a combination."

Ashley Holzer and Breaking Dawn Photo: SusanJstickle

P.J. Rizvi, owner of Breaking Dawn, represented Holzer at the press conference and spoke with only high praise of Holzer's relationship with Breaking Dawn and their inspiring connection with each other in the ring. "Ashley brings an experience and a relationship, that we both have with the horse, to the ring. The horse is pretty well loved, and I think it reflects when either of us ride him," commented Rizvi. "Her highlight today was really the passage, piaffe and the transition. He was really moving from behind."

Rizvi, who also competes Breaking Dawn in CDI competition herself, gives Holzer the reins when she is out of town or unable to compete. Holzer and Breaking Dawn competed for Team Canada at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England, and their return to the competition ring is always special for both Holzer and Rizvi.

"Her zig zags today were perfect, which are always a challenge for me in my tests. She landed with plenty of room and her zig zags and her changes were clean. It was textbook, just perfectly executed," she continued.

"Honestly, Ashley is like my older sister and she always looks for an opportunity to show. We both have a special relationship with the horse so when I'm gone and she wants to ride him, it's great for me."

Competing as an amateur, Rizvi has a strong understanding of the commitment and dedication it takes to stay at the top of the sport, and has the utmost appreciation for professionals who are able to exercise the full potential in the competition arena. "There's nothing better for me than seeing someone as talented as Ashley bring out the best of a horse in the ring. That's one thing that I always look at when I watch these professionals ride. I work really hard and I love this, but what they bring out, there's nothing more special than to see someone who's great bring something to the next level."

Petersen and Mariett, who finished in third place, found the heat of today a bit difficult, as Petersen noted he felt that he had no gas by the end of the test, which he contributed in part to a long season's end approaching, as well as the temperatures which soared to the high 80s.Lars Petersen and Mariett Photo: SusanJStickle

Allison Brock and Rosevelt in their presentation ceremony with judge Kristi Wysocki (USA), Cora Causemann of AGDF, and Allyn Mann of Adequan®.

"Normally, she's not so bad when it's hot out, but today I just didn't feel like we had enough energy, but you know it's that, she's eighteen years old, and it's the end of season. It's probably a combination of all of those factors I think," said Petersen.

"I thought most of our canter tour was pretty good and I was happy with it, but I think we lacked the energy we needed in the piaffe and the passage," he noted.

If all goes according to plan for Petersen and Marriett, the duo will look to travel to Europe this spring in hopes of competing at the Danish Championships in June.

Final Results FEI Grand Prix CDI 3*, presented by Harmony Sporthorses
Place, Rider, Nationality, Horse, Horse Information: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total %

1. Allison Brock (USA), Rosevelt, 2002 Hanoverian stallion by Rotspon x Lore x Lauries Crusader xx owned by Fritz & Claudine Kundrun: 74.700%, 73.200%, 73.100%, 73.100%, 74.400% 73.700%

2. Ashley Holzer (CAN), Breaking Dawn, 2001 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Akribori x Eveline x L.Ronald owned by P.J. Rizvi: 72.100%, 74.900%, 72.000%, 72.700%, 71.700%, 72.680%

3. Lars Petersen (DEN), Mariett, 1998 Danish Warmblood mare by Comeback II x Zendi x Sidney owned by Lars Petersen and Marcia Pepper: 70.100%, 72.500%, 71.700%, 69.100%, 71.500%, 70.980%

4. Katherine Bateson Chandler (USA), Alcazar, 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Contango x Polina x Ferro owned by Jane Forbes Clark: 71.700%, 68.400%, 70.300%, 71.600%, 72.200%, 70.840%

5. Lisa Wilcox (USA), Galant, 2006 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Ecuro x Bellissima x De Niro owned by Jacqueline Shear: 70.800%, 69.600%, 70.600%, 71.200%, 70.100%, 70.460%

6. Shelly Francis (USA), Danilo, 2004 Hanoverian gelding by De Niro x Annabella x Andiamo owned by Patricia Stempel: 69.000%, 69.600%, 70.100%, 70.200%, 69.100%, 69.600%

7. Brittany Fraser (CAN), All In, 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Tango x Leontine x Damiro owned by Brittany Fraser: 69.500%, 68.000%, 67.800%, 67.200% 70.100%, 68.520%

8. Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (USA), Rassing's Lonoir, 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding by De Noir x Lorani x Loran owned by Olivia LaGoy-Weltz: 68.900%, 66.400%, 67.300%, 67.200%, 67.900%, 67.540%

Allison Brock and Rosevelt in their presentation ceremony with judge Kristi Wysocki (USA), Cora Causemann of AGDF, and Allyn Mann of Adequan®. Photo: SusanJStickle