Edited Press Release
Ocala, Fla. – December 10, 2021 – Horses and riders took to the ring under the lights in the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W in the World Equestrian Center Dressage V show on Friday, December 10, 2021, at the World Equestrian Center – Ocala (WEC) in Florida. Ashley Holzer (USA) and Havanna 145 took the win in the class, their fourth straight victory in CDI competition at WEC. Pablo Gomez Molina (ESP) and Ulises de Ymas won the top prize in the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3*, while Chloe Fullar (USA) and Farley 4 were victorious in the Prix St. Georges CDI. The World Equestrian Center Dressage V CDI-W runs through Sunday, December 12.
Olympic team bronze medalist Holzer and Havanna 145, a 14-year-old Hanoverian mare by Hochadel x Rodgau owned by Dr. Diane Fellows, won with a score of 79.365%. Second place went to Codi Harrison (USA) and her own Katholt’s Bossco; they received a score of 76.205%. Katie Duerrhammer (USA) and Kylee Lourie’s Quartett finished third with 75.195%.
Power was the word of the night for Holzer, who attributed that as the reason she and Havanna increased their freestyle score by almost three percent since October’s CDI at WEC.
“I came in with a little bit of a different tactic this time,” explained Holzer. “Katherine Bateson kindly came over and was eyes on the ground since [manager] Nate [Tucker] wasn’t here this weekend. She was really clear and said, ‘I think you can get her a bit more powerful and more forward.’ I have to thank her for that because I think that was the difference.”
Holzer has the 2022 FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final in Leipzig, Germany, as a goal, and she is well on her way to qualifying after two victories at the CDIs at WEC.
“It’s huge to have a CDI here,” Holzer confirmed. “This is truly an international venue. To be able to bring your horse here and know as a rider your horse can go in these rings and do their job is really an incredible feeling. It gives you a lot of confidence. If they can go in there, they can pretty well go anywhere.”
Holzer believes that Havanna will thrive in a World Cup Final situation. “I think that she’s a great indoors horse,” she said. “The short Grand Prix is actually to her liking. She’s not a horse that gets easily spooked. I like the freestyle that Tom Hunt did for me. I’m really hoping that that will be in our future.
“I think it would be so much fun for my owner,” continued Holzer about Dr. Diane Fellows. “She’s put so much into our combination. I can’t even put words to how supportive she is.”
For Codi Harrison, competing in only her second-ever grand prix freestyle was a special moment for a horse that has been such an important partner in her riding career. They started out 2021 in the Under 25 division, having only first competed in the grand prix in October.
“I thought he may peak in the U25, and he came back better than ever after we gave him an easy summer,” she said of the 14-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion by Don Schufro x Michellino. “I’m a rookie in this. To have a horse that can learn with me and develop with me, can come out and prove that he’s worth being here and deserves to be here, is super exciting. I hope it continues to get better. I don’t know how much more I can ask from him, but I’m thrilled. I really have no words; I’m just so proud of him.”
Katholt’s Bossco “really thrives in a big atmosphere,” said Harrison. “He’s one that when the crowd got going, he got going. He’s fun in that sense. The bigger the atmosphere, the better for him. I went for it a bit more this time. Last time I was a bit more conservative since it was still new. Today I heard Ashley’s score, and I just gave it gas!”
Katie Duerrhammer was also competing in only her second grand prix freestyle. She and Quartett showed in their first grand prix one year ago. “We’re very green at this level, but he’s the kind of horse that makes you feel like you can really trust him,” she said. “If he can do it, he is going to do it for you, no matter what comes around. I think having a horse like that to get mileage on, with that kind of heart and trust, is so wonderful, in order to get your feet wet in this kind of atmosphere.”
Duerrhammer’s freestyle and music is by Terri Gallo. While she admitted that she’s “usually not the biggest fan of freestyles” due to her love of order and structure, she admitted that it has been really fun for her to take on the class.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had a horse that loves being at a horse show more than him,” said Duerrhammer of the 13-year-old German Sport Horse gelding by Quaterback x Dream of Glory. “He lights up, and that’s his deal. I told Terri that I wanted something that was fun and happy and really shows how harmonious he is and how much he loves to do his job. He has things that he struggles with; he’s not the most talented at certain things. His heart makes up for it by tenfold. She put together a really fun freestyle for us, and I think it worked really well.”
Duerrhammer also gave thanks to her owner Kylee Lourie, who has been her sponsor for nearly 10 years and supports her business partner, Olympic team silver medalist Adrienne Lyle. “I feel extremely blessed,” she expressed. “She’s put a lot of faith and trust into Adrienne’s training program and my training program. To have her come here and get to see this happening was really, for me, the highlight of everything.”
Final Results: Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W
Yuri Romanov at E score, Cesar Torrente at H score, Maribel Alonso de Quinzanos at C score, Sarah Geikie at M score, Peter Storr at B score
1 Havanna 145: 2007 Hanoverian mare by Hochadel x Rodgau owned by Dr. Diane Fellows
Ashley Holzer (USA): 79.500%, 81.125%, 80.200%, 77.000%, 79.000%, 79.365%
2 Katholt’s Bossco: 2007 Danish Warmblood stallion by Don Schufro x Michellino owned by Codi Harrison
Codi Harrison (USA): 76.250%, 77.625%, 73.275%, 76.750%, 77.125%, 76.205%
3 Quartett: 2008 German Sport Horse gelding by Quaterback x Dream of Glory, owned by Kylee Lourie
Katie Duerrhammer (USA): 75.500%, 73.750%, 75.850%, 73.625%, 77.250%, 75.195%
4 Salsa Hit: 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Samba Hit III x Riverman-ISF owned by Cara Broderick
Mikala Munter (USA): 73.625%, 71.750%, 73.375%, 76.375%, 75.800%, 74.185%
5 Faro SQF: 2008 American Hanoverian gelding by Fidertanz 2 x Rotspot, owned by Nora Batchelder
Nora Batchelder (USA): 69.000%, 73.500%, 72.800%, 75.750%, 75.750%, 73.360%
6 Mr. Bumblebee: 2008 Danish Warmblood gelding by Sting x Welt Hit II, owned by Karen Blank
Kevin Kohmann (USA): 74.615%, 71.125%, 72.500%, 74.250%, 69.125%, 72.325%