Dancing Stars! Edward Gal and GLOCK*s Undercover

Dancing Stars! Edward Gal and GLOCK*s Undercover

This Dressage day could not have been any more beautiful. Just in time for the final tests of Dressage International, the GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER was bathed in beautiful sunlight, offering the audience a unique venue framed by snow-covered mountains. This year too, the top-class starting field attracted cohorts of dedicated spectator to probably the most beautiful equestrian sports event in Austria. In the CDI4* Musical freestyle, with 40,000 euros of prize money, around the arena no seat remained unoccupied.

And the audience were presented with dressage sport at the highest level, accompanied by tailored freestyle music, eliciting quite a frisson among the audience. Each of the twelve participating pairings were received with great applause in the arena. After the performances, silent suspense was ended by great cheering from the audience. It seemed that, especially for the last pair, everybody in the GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER seemed to hold their breath, listening transfixed to the enchanting sounds of the composition “Secretum Revelatum” and observing the beautiful harmony between GLOCK Rider Edward Gal and his GLOCK's Undercover with fascination. Indeed words don’t suffice: the performance of the Olympic bronze medal winner, world and European champion, achieved for technical performance top marks of up to 84.500 % and, in the artistic B category, even up to an incredible 91.000 %! Thus Edward Gal completed his mission of “title defence” more than convincingly with a total of 84.875 %. “If the combination of rider and horse works, that’s how it is between me and Undercover. If it does not work, you cannot win. I would like to thank the Glock family for everything they are doing for equestrian sports and, in particular, for us. Because without Ing. Gaston and Kathrin Glock I would not be here today.”, the touching winner’s statement by the GLOCK rider.

With Valentina Truppa (ITA) and Fixdesign Eremo Del Castegno, a Grande Dame of dressage sports came second. She enthused both judges and audience with perky Italian music, one-handed lead changes and flawless lessons. Her evaluation of 79.425 % with sub-scores of up to 86.000 % in the B category gave her a fantastic second place.

Only recently GLOCK's Johnson TN has joined the family of GLOCK horses. He and his rider Hans Peter Minderhoud (NED) have known each other for nine years, and this is how long they have been a team in the arena. Today’s great third place in CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle (78.175 %) was the reward for many years of training characterised by mutual trust.

This year’s Dressage International at the GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER certainly proved how fantastic, intoxicating and fascinating dressage sport is, and it was an ideal finish to four days of Dressage International 2014!


Hans Peter Minderhoud and Zanardi do the hat trick!

The last day of Dressage International at the GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER was kicked-off by twelve participants in CDI3* Intermediaire I Freestyle.

Six nations were represented by their riders and, for the seventh time this weekend, the Netherlands provided the winner. In this test GLOCK Rider Hans Peter Minderhoud again trusted his ten year-old KWPN stallion Zanardi. Rubels’ offsping, twice taken by Minderhoud to world championship medals (young dressage horses), this weekend followed in the wake of his famous father and succeeded in doing the CDI3*-Tour hat trick for Oranje. The judges’ vote was 76.275 % for the freestyle performance presented whilst, in the B category (artistic performance), the pairing got votes up to 81.000 % – truly a top score! “I am very happy about Zanardi’s performance. He has worked fantastically this weekend and now certainly earned a break,” said Hans Peter Minderhoud, beaming during the winner’s interview.

The Netherlands also scored in the second place with Margo Timmermans. The ‘Amazon’ and her only seven year old Catch Me of Dreamcatcher were awarded up to 72.000% in the technical A category. In the B category she was given up to 76.000 %, the overall vote of 71.750 % was, for her, a great final in the Dressage International 2014 and a clear signal for the future.

Seth Boschmann and Adriaan RVL completed the Dutch triple victory. He came only 0.005 % behind Margo Timmermans, his overall score of 71.475 % made for the third place and a big smile at the awards ceremony.

After two third places in the past days, Teresa Rochelt from Tyrol, with her ten year old Holsteiner mare Dolana, today succeeded in achieving a great fifth place. With 70.250 % and three fantastic performances, she said a joyful good-bye to the HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER.

Also scoring for Austria, Sonja Grossauer (AUT/B) with Davignio (7th place / 69.450 %), Jacqueline Toniutti (AUT/ST) with Sandrose (8th / 68.450 %), Sabine Dürrheim (AUT/W) with Wocelli (10th / 67.550 %) and Juliane Vogt (AUT/OÖ) with Flipper NRW (12th / 67.125 %).


Laura Reija fulfils her dream of winning the Young Rider Grand Prix
Last year she came eighth in the CDIU25 Freestyle for 16 to 15-year-old riders. Yesterday, in the U25 kick-off, Laura Reija (ESP) with Wobelisk achieved fourth place and today, for her correctly ridden performance, she got the victory. With her 11-year-old KWPN stallion and total of 68.000 %, the girl from Spain was able clearly to beat Anne Sophie Aaen (DEN).

The Danish rider came third yesterday, while today she scored 67.698 % and came second with Schambuka Soelyst.

The third place went to the winner of the CDIU25 kick-off test, Danielle Van Mierlo (NED) who, with her Metall offspring Ucento, achieved 67.512 %.

Best Austrian rider was Tatjana Svehla (NÖ/Lower Austria) with her Hanoverian gelding Donaublick and 63.953 %, ranking eighth. Manuel Springhetti (W) with Donnerbube Junior and 63.419 % came ninth and Nicole Osterwald (NÖ) on Angelo came eleventh with 57.744%.

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