Ashley Holzer of Toronto, ON rode Breaking Dawn to first place in the Grand Prix test at CDI3* Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, presented by Dominion Regalia, November 9, 2011.

With Breaking Dawn, formerly known as Ultiems Flemming, a bay 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding sired by Akribori and co-owned by Holzer and P.J. Rizvi, Holzer scored 69.319% to capture first place in the Grand Prix test. The pair’s test was highlighted with excellent trot half-passes, fluid transitions into passage and very strong piaffes and passage tours.

“It was Breaking Dawn’s first really big competition,” said Holzer. “This horse just never disappoints. He is a class act, and he always goes in the ring and tries his best.”

Riding Cindy and Neil Ishoy’s 17-year-old Baden-Wurttemburger gelding Proton, Victoria Winter of Toronto, ON finished second, scoring 65.809%, following a very consistent test which featured a lovely finish with a strong centerline piaffe and passage.

Gary Vander Ploeg of King City, ON, rode Degas, Jean Vander Ploeg’s 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding sired by Donnerhall, to third place with a score of 65.426%.  Jacqueline Brooks of Mount Albert, ON rode her long-time partner Gran Gesto, the 16-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Brinc Ltd and Anne Welch, to fourth overall with 65.170%.  

In fifth place, with a score of 64.468%, was Evi Strasser of Ste Adele, QC and her 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding Action Tyme, sired by Aktuell.

Simone Williams of Navan, ON rode Wunder Ein, a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Simore, Margaret and Robert Williams, to a sixth place finish.

The Royal Horse Show is part of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, which runs for ten days every November. It is considered the wrap-up event of the season for the competing disciplines. The CDI3* was presented by Dominion Regalia, a supplier of ribbons to the Royal since the Fair’s inception in 1922.

Dressage competition at the Royal continues tomorrow, Thursday, November 10 during the evening show with the Grand Prix Freestyle.

The officiating judges for the CDI3* Toronto were Ingrid Macaulay (FEI 4* — VEN), Lorraine MacDonald, (FEI 4* — CAN); Joan Macartney, (FEI 4* — CAN); Marian Cunningham (FEI 4* — PER); and Hilda Gurney (FEI 4* — USA).