Four-time Canadian dressage Olympian Ashley Holzer is now officially a US citizen, and has celebrated with a special award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida.
Talented Grand Prix dressage rider Holzer became a United States citizen just weeks ago, and Custom Saddlery, the Official Saddle of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), gave her a warm welcome by presenting her with the Custom Saddlery MVR (Most Valuable Rider) Award at the international winter show series.
The Custom Saddlery MVR Award is given to riders who are in the forefront of the sport of dressage, with high scores and superb horsemanship. Holzer received an embroidered Custom Saddlery saddle pad, bag, towel, and ribbon as the newest MVR Award recipient.
The Custom Saddlery MVR Award added to an already very exciting month for Holzer. “I just became an American citizen, and I’m so excited,” shared Holzer, who lives in Florida. “I’ve lived here for a very, very long time, and my children were always saying to me, ‘Mom, it’s crazy you’re not American!’ I love this country; I love all of the opportunities it has given me. I’m very thrilled to be a citizen.”
Holzer finished 24th overall at London 2012 Olympic Games, and in 2008 was the highest placed Canadian dressage rider at the Beijing Games, finishing 12th. She was named Equine Canada Equestrian of the year in 2009.
Currently, Holzer is competing in the Grand Prix at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival with Peacock Ridge LLC’s KWPN mare Tiva Nana. “She’s been in my life for a long, long time,” Holzer said of the mare.
Tiva Nana is back in the show ring after an unsuccessful breeding attempt, and she is right at home in the competitive atmosphere. “She loves to work,” said Holzer. “I just point her and she goes! She’s just a really fun horse to ride.”
Holzer is planning a summer trip to Europe with a few friends to compete in the European dressage circuit. “We’re going to check off that bucket list dream of going to Europe with a bunch of friends and showing.”
Custom Saddlery is the maker of the Official Saddle of the US Dressage Team through the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this summer.