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48/ AUGUST 2012 THE RIDER Top 25 Finish for Ashley Holzer in Olympic Dressage Competition


August 7, 2012, London, England - Canadian Olympic Team member for Dressage Ashley Holzer of Toronto, ON, finished 24th individually on Tuesday, August 7, at the 2012 London Olympic Games. A total of 50 athletes competed individually in the equestrian sport of Dressage at the Olympic equestrian venue of Greenwich Park.


Riding Breaking Dawn, Holzer earned a score of 71.317% to place 24th in the Grand Prix Special, the second individual qualifier held Tuesday, August 7. All seven international judges comprising the ground jury awarded Holzer scores of 70% or higher. Holzer’s expressive test was highlighted by strong work in the tempi changes, canter tour, and passage, particularly the second pas- sage after the walk. Unfortunately, Holzer had small errors in both canter pirouettes.


riding Breaking Dawn, Jacqueline Brooks, 44, of Cedar Valley, ON, riding D Niro owned by Brookhaven Dressage, Inc., and David Mar- cus, 31, of Campbellville, ON, riding Capital owned by Deborah Miculinic, were eliminated on Thursday, August 2, following the elimi- nation of Marcus.


“It was an incredible ride,” said Holzer, 48, who was making her fourth Olympic appearance and was a member of Canada’s bronze medal team at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. “He loves the crowd. You can’t get a busier arena, and this horse couldn’t care less. He goes the same way in there, the same way that he goes in the warm-up, and the same way that he goes at home.


“For a horse that hasn’t been doing Grand Prix for a year yet, I’m thrilled,” continued Holzer of Breaking Dawn, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by herself and P.J. Rizvi. Tuesday’s event was also the Team Final for Dressage. Great Britain took the gold medal for the second consecutive day, having also won show jumping gold on Monday. With an average score of 79.979%, Great Britain’s Olympic Dressage Team prevailed over Ger- many, who took the silver with an average score of 78.216%. The Netherlands earned the bronze medal with 77.124%. The Canadian Olympic Team for Dressage, comprised of Holzer


The top 18 individual competitors will contest the individual medals in the Grand Prix Freestyle to music on Thursday, August 9. They do not carry their scores forward from earlier individual qualify- ing competition. The individual medals in Dressage will be the final equestrian sport medals to be awarded at the 2012 London Olympics. The Canadian Olympic Team for Dressage is supported by Chef d’Equipe Gina Smith; Veterinarian Dr. Geoff Vernon; Technical Lead- er Markus Gribbe; Team Manager Christine Peters and Personal Ath- lete Coach Robert Dover. Team alternate is Diane Creech. Grooms include Lindsay Kellock (Holzer); Eleanor Anne McFee (Brooks); Alexandra Reid (Marcus); and Christine Bacher (Creech). Kerri McGregor is the Team Leader for the Canadian Olympic Team for Equestrian and Tina Collins is Assistant Team Leader. For more information, including live scoring and results, please visit the equestrian sport section of the official 2012 London Olympic Games website at www.london2012.com/equestrian.


Photo at left: “Ashley Holzer of Toronto, ON, riding Breaking Dawn finished 24th individually at the 2012 London Olympic Games.” Photo - Cealy Tetley, www.tetleyphoto.com


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Jacqueline Brooks Top Performer for Canadian Olympic Team for Dressage


August 2, 2012, London, England - Jacqueline Brooks of Cedar Valley, ON, is currently the top placed mem- ber of the Canadian Olympic Team for Dressage following the first day of competition on Thursday, August 2, at the 2012 London Olympic Games. As the third competitor into the stadium at the Olympic equestrian venue in Greenwich Park, Brooks, 44, of Cedar Valley, ON, earned a score of 68.52 percent. She is currently ranked 18th in the individual standings with D Niro.


“He did everything I asked for out there,” said Brooks of D Niro, a 13-year-old grey Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Brookhaven Dres- sage, Inc. “He was so rideable and everything felt easy. I couldn’t be hap- pier with him.”


Brooks made history at the 2012 London Olympics by being the first competitor to wear a helmet instead of the usual top hat historically worn by dressage competitors.


“I am very proud to be the first Olympic dressage rider to compete in a helmet,” said Brooks of her decision to choose safety over tradition. “It’s the way the sport is going.”


Competing during a heavy downpour of rain, David Marcus, 31, of Campbellville, ON, was mid-way through his test when his mount, Capital, spooked and went off course. Marcus was not able to regain his horse’s attention within the 10 seconds allowed, and was elimi- nated from competition by the head of the ground jury, Stephen Clarke of Great Britain. “He was trying so hard in the first half of the test but, at that moment, something trig- gered him,” said Marcus of Capital, a 12-year-old Danish Warmblood owned by Deborah Miculinic. “I don’t blame him at all. It is just an unfortu- nate circumstance, and it is unfortunate that it was here at the Olympics. I feel terrible for Canada, for my team, and for everyone who has been so support- ive of me. This is life with horses, and we can put it all in perspective by


knowing that both Capital and I are going home healthy. He is going to have a long career ahead of him.” Canada’s third team member for Dressage, Ashley Holzer of Toronto, ON, riding Breaking Dawn, owned by Ashley Holzer and P.J. Rizvi, will compete in the Grand Prix at 12:42


Niro were relaxed but had such posi- tive expression in their performance. Canada can be very proud of this com- bination!”


p.m. on the second day of individual and team qualifying competition. With the elimina- tion of Marcus, the Canadian Olympic Team for Dressage is also eliminated from competition. Brooks and Holzer are eligible to continue as individu- als, if qualified, in the Grand Prix Special on Tuesday, August 7. “Jacquie rode D Niro through a clean test today and made an excellent first impres- sion for our team,” said chef d’équipe Gina Smith, 1988 Olympic team bronze medalist. “Both Jacquie and D


She continued, “David warmed up beautifully in spite of the torrential rain showers. Capital was really on and unfazed by the weather. In the


test, unfortunately something caught Capital’s eye and David did his best to convince him that there was nothing to worry about. It took too long for Capi- tal to come back to David and they were eliminated. David and Capital are young and will be strong con- tenders for Canada in


The Canadian Olympic Team for Dressage is supported by Chef d’équipe Gina Smith; Veterinarian Dr. Geoff Vernon; Technical Leader Markus Gribbe; Team Manager Chris- tine Peters and Personal Athlete Coach Robert Dover. Grooms include Lind- say Kellock (Holzer); Eleanor Anne McFee (Brooks); Alexandra Reid (Marcus); and Christine Bacher (Diane Creech-reserve). Kerri McGregor is the Team Leader for the Canadian Olympic Team for Equestrian and Tina Collins is Assistant Team Leader.


Photo at left: Jacqueline Brooks of Cedar Valley, ON, riding D Niro. Photo - Cealy Tetley, www.tetleypho- to.com


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David Marcus Ends Olympic Journey


London, England – David Mar- cus of Campbellville, ON, was eliminated during the opening phase of dressage competition on Thursday, August 2, at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Competing during a heavy downpour of rain, Marcus, 31, of Campbellville, ON, was mid- way through his Grand Prix test when his mount, Chrevi’s Capi- tal, spooked and went off course. Marcus was not able to regain his horse’s attention within the 10 seconds allowed under the rules, and was elimi- nated from competition by the head of the ground jury, Stephen Clarke of Great Britain. “He was trying so hard in the first half of the test but, at that moment, something trig- gered him,” said Marcus of


Chrevi’s Capital, a 12- year-old Danish Warm- blood owned by Deborah Miculinic. “I am not sure if it was the camera in the corner swiveling to see him, or the umbrellas, or the amount of rain he was dealing with. He just got scared, ultimately. I don’t know what I could have done differently. I don’t blame him at all. It is just an unfortunate circum- stance.”


Marcus, 31, contin- ued, “Anyone who is involved with horses has gone through something like this in their career. It is just unfortunate that it was here at the Olympics. I feel terrible for Canada,


for my team, and for everyone who has been so supportive of me. This is life with horses, and we can put it all in perspective by knowing that both Capital and I are going home healthy. He is going to have a long career in front of him.”


Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital ranked second on the Canadian Olympic qualifying leader board to be named to the three- member Canadian Olympic Team for Dres- sage.


Miculinic of King City, ON, said, “We are very blessed to have been given this opportunity


and we don’t take that for grant- ed. We had an incredible expe- rience and we are truly grateful. We will be there to cheer on our teammates tomorrow.”


With the elimination of Marcus, his teammates Jacque- line Brooks of Cedar Valley, ON, and Ashley Holzer of Toronto, ON, are eligible to continue competing as individu- als.


For more information, please visit www.davidmarcus- dressage.com.


Photo at left: “David Marcus riding Chrevi’s Capital was eliminated from competition on August 2 during the 2012 Lon- don Olympic Games.”


Photo Credit – Sue Stickle, www.susanjstickle.com


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