The World Equestrian Center Dressage III CDI3* opened competition on Friday, April 16, bringing international dressage riders from seven different nations to the World Equestrian Center – Ocala for the first time at the new venue. Highlights of the day included wins for Lindsay Kellock (CAN) and Sebastien in the FEI Grand Prix CDI3* and Kevin Kohmann (GER) on Five Star in the FEI Prix St. Georges CDI3*. The World Equestrian Center Dressage III CDI3* continues through Sunday, April 18, 2021.
Kellock and Sebastien won the FEI Grand Prix CDI3* with a score of 71.522%, their fifth grand prix-level victory together.
“It was probably one of my best tests yet, feeling-wise,” said Kellock following her win. “I think our passage was very good today. I think our piaffes have improved. We got really good one-time changes and a good trot half-pass. I think overall we were consistent throughout the ride today.”
Kellock and Sebastien showed throughout the winter and took a break before heading to World Equestrian Center – Ocala to try and achieve their final qualifying scores for the Canadian team to head to the Tokyo Olympic Games.
“We decided to give him a break and reassess what he needed and what I needed to do,” she said of the 15-year-old Rheinlander gelding by Sandro Hit x Fidermark owned by Enterprise Farm Equestrian LLC. “We worked with [trainer] Ashley [Holzer] and our team and made some changes. I felt really confident coming into this class, and I also knew that I really had to make a statement here for Canada and for our qualification. I’m really glad that we were able to do that today. He just gave it his all and was amazing.”
Thirty-year-old Kellock, who grew up riding with Olympian Jacquie Brooks in Canada, took a working student position at the age of 19 with four-time Olympian Ashley Holzer, who is also her godmother.
“[I was] thinking I was only going to be there for a year and then go back to school. You know how that goes!” she laughed. “I ended up managing and working for her for seven or so years. Now I’ve been on my own for three years and riding for Enterprise Farm and a couple of other people. I train every season with Ashley, and we train virtually as much as possible when I’m in New York. She’s my mentor, and my everything. She’s like family to me and a huge part of my career, so I’m grateful to her for that.”
Kellock and Sebastien will compete next in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3* on Sunday.
She added, “I want to say a special thank you to Sebastien’s owner, Melissa Schiff. She’s been a huge supporter of mine, and she’s just been great to have as an owner. I’m excited for the future with the horse and with Melissa as an owner.”
Second place went to fellow countrywoman Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and All In, a 16-year-old KWPN gelding by Tango x Damiro owned by Brittany Fraser and Marc Andre Beaulieu. They received a score of 70.848%.
Canada swept the podium with a third-place finish for Chris Von Martels on Eclips, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding by Apache x Olympic Ferro owned by Barbara Soederhuizen and Chris Von Martels, with a score of 70.826%.
“Brittany, Chris, Naima and Jill are all very good friends of mine,” said Kellock of her fellow Canadian riders. “It’s been so fun to be here competing with all of them. Especially at the end of a long season, to come here and do top three with the Canadians is really great. This facility is mind-blowing too.”
For her win in the FEI Grand Prix CDI3*, Kellock was presented with a STX Showbox from STX Vans. Anna Marek was also presented with a STX Showbox as the overall highest accumulative point earner from the Level II World Equestrian Center Dressage shows this winter.
Kohmann and Five Star, an 11-year-old KWPN stallion by Amazing Star owned by Equitas LLC, put in a wonderful test in their first trip down centerline at World Equestrian Center – Ocala, earning a score of 74.216% for the win. They received a high score of 76.176% from judge at C, William Warren.
Kohmann, who has been riding Five Star for two years, brought the talented horse along from Fourth Level after meeting the horse’s owner, Olga Hartsock, by chance and taking an interest in the special stallion.
“I asked if she needed some help and she said yes,” recalled Kohmann. “That’s how it happened. A few days later, she bought him over with a leadline and put him in a stall in my barn, and that’s where he stayed.”
Kohmann describes Five Star as “extremely consistent and extremely smart.” He added, “I taught him the one-tempis in two days. It’s fun to work with a partner like that. He has not let me down a single time so far. He’s always with me.”
The pair will continue in the Intermediate-1 and I-1 Freestyle classes this weekend before moving up to the grand prix level later this year.
“Right now, we’re schooling all the grand prix movements at home,” noted Kohmann, who is also riding in his last competition as a German citizen, having gained his U.S. citizenship this year. “We wanted to finish the season at Small Tour to promote him nicely since he’s now breeding a lot. That’s really exciting. It was more important for us to have one season where we get out there, create a name for ourselves, and now we’re ready to start with the grand prix.”
Kohmann said that World Equestrian Center – Ocala is “the best facility I’ve seen in my life.
“Anybody I’ve spoken to says the same thing,” he continued. “I’m walking around here, and I find new things anywhere I go. Starting with how they manage the manure here, the Big Ass fans, the A/C, the walkways, the footing, the trailer parking; it doesn’t stop. Everything is amazing.”
Along with Five Star’s win, his owner Olga Hartsock of CaptiveOne Advisors, sponsor of Arena 1 at World Equestrian Center – Ocala, was victorious in the Prix St. Georges – Amateur class on Jinta, owned by Equitas LLC. They scored 65.049% to win the class.
Second and third place in the FEI Prix St. Georges went to Ashley Holzer (USA). On Bliss, a nine-year-old Oldenburg mare (Boreaux x Likoto) she owns with Dr. Diane Fellows, Holzer placed second with 72.500%. She was third with a score of 70.637% on Hansel, an eight-year-old KWPN stallion by Don Olymbrio x Metall owned by P.J. Rizvi.
Holzer echoed Kohmann’s sentiments about competing at the new venue. “It’s an incredible facility and a huge addition to equestrian sport in America,” she expressed. “It’s top-notch, from the indoor arenas, to the outdoor rings, to the stalls that are huge with fans and the beautiful StableComfort flooring. They’ve really done every detail. It’s just exceptional. I’m really, really impressed.”
Holzer was “thrilled” with both of her horses in the Prix St. Georges, since neither has much international experience; it was only Bliss’s third international class and it was the first for Hansel.
“[Bliss] is one of those horses that internalizes tension,” said Holzer. “Today she felt just amazing in this ring. I was in one trot extension and just thought, ‘Oh what the heck, let’s go for it.’ It’s so great to feel a horse relax a little in the ring, and you can start to see its potential. That was pretty exciting.”
While Rizvi is Hansel’s usual rider, Holzer wanted to capitalize on the opportunity to give the young horse experience at a new venue. “He was incredibly tight when we got here on Wednesday, but he was all business in the ring today,” she said. “I was even able to let the reins go a little at the walk, which I wasn’t sure I could do. I think both horses really went in that ring and gave it their all, and that’s always such a nice thing to feel as a rider.”
The World Equestrian Center Dressage III CDI3* will continue on Saturday, April 17, with the FEI Intermediate 1 CDI3* at 8 a.m. and the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3* at 6 p.m.
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Final Results: FEI Grand Prix CDI3*
Cesar Lopardo-Grana (ARG) at E score, Agnieszka Majewska (POL) at H score, Maria Colliander (FIN) at C score, William Warren (USA) at M score, Kari McClain
(USA) at B score, Total Score
1 Sebastien: 2006 Rheinlander gelding by Sandro Hit x Fidermark owned by Enterprise Farm Equestrian LLC and Lindsay Kellock
Lindsay Kellock (CAN): 71.196, 73.261, 71.087, 71.196, 70.870, 71.522%
2 All In: 2005 KWPN gelding by Tango x Damiro owned by Brittany Fraser and Marc Andre Beaulieu
Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu (CAN): 72.500, 70.217, 69.022, 70.326, 72.174, 70.848%
3 Eclips: 2009 KWPN gelding by Apache x Olympic Ferro owned by Barbara Soederhuizen and Chris Von Martels
Chris Von Martels (CAN): 72.065, 68.804, 70.435, 72.500, 70.326, 70.826%
4 Cavalia: 2007 KWPN mare by Sir Donnerhall x I.P.S. Gribaldi owned by Jessica Howington
Jessica Howington (USA): 72.609, 68.043, 67.717, 68.370, 73.043, 69.957%
5 Degas 12: 2002 Hanoverian gelding by De Niro 6 x Regazzoni owned by Jill Irving
Jill Irving (CAN): 75.000, 68.913, 67.717, 67.717, 70.109, 69.891%
6 Frankie: 2009 Hanoverian mare by Florencio 2 x A Jungle Prince owned by Catherine Haddad Staller
Catherine Haddad Staller (USA): 67.283%, 67.174, 68.152, 70.326, 70.217, 68.630%
Final Results: FEI Prix St. Georges CDI3*
Maria Colliander (FIN) at E score, William Warren (USA) at C score, Marian Cunningham (PER) at M score, Total Score
1 Five Star: 2010 KWPN stallion by Amazing Star x Jazz owned by Equitas LLC
Kevin Kohmann (GER): 71.625, 76.176, 74.706, 74.216%
2 Bliss: 2012 Oldenburg mare by Boreaux x Likoto owned by Dr. Diane Fellows and Ashley Holzer
Ashley Holzer (USA): 72.353, 72.059, 73.088, 72.500%
3 Hansel: 2013 KWPN stallion by Don Olymbrio x Metall owned by P.J. Rizvi
Ashley Holzer (USA): 70.588, 69.265, 72.059, 70.637%
4 Grayton Beach: 2011 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Negro x UB 40 owned by Jodie Kelly-Baxley
Jodie Kelly-Baxley (USA): 71.765, 70.882, 68.676, 70.441%
5 Holiday: 2013 KWPN gelding owned by Anna Marek
Anna Marek (USA): 69.118, 68.971, 70.882, 69.657%
6 Felissirana: 2010 KWPN mare by Belissimo M x Prestige VDL owned by Alise Carrico
Anna Marek (USA): 70.441, 67.647, 70.294, 69.461%
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