Edward Gal & Glock’s Undercover Win Den Bosch World Cup Freestyle

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Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover produced a convincing victory in Saturday’s last qualifying leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European League at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.  Photo: FEI/Dirk Caremans
Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover produced a convincing victory in Saturday’s last qualifying leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European League at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. Photo: FEI/Dirk Caremans

‘s-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherland, Mar. 22, 2014–Edward Gal on Glock’s Undercover produced a dominating performance scoring 86.700 per cent to lead a Dutch sweep of five of the top seven places at the last World Cup Western European League series Saturday.

Danielle Heijkoop on Kingsley Siro, Edward’s European Championship team mates, was second seven percentage points back on 79.650 while Italy’s Valentina Truppa on Fixdesign Eremo del Castegno were third on 79.475 per cent and Germany’s Isabell Werth on El Santo NRW fourth on 78.575 per cent.

The strong home-side representation–Dutch riders filled nine of the 15 starting places–showed when Tommie Visser on Vingino, a member of the team that won the opening leg of the Nations Cup series at Vidauban, France three weeks ago led the field at the half-way stage with 74.950 per cent.

Tommie’s decision to put his TV announcing career on the back-burner to concentrate on dressage looks to be seriously paying off and based on recent results, it is no surprise that the rider who will turn 30 next month has been promoted to the Dutch Olympic A team.

Fellow-Dutchman Hans Peter Minderhoud threw down a new target when second to go after the break. rode the 12-year-old stallion, Johnson, to a score of 77.975 per cent.

Isabell Werth on El Santo NRW upped the ante again with a brave and brilliant ride that has kept her at the centre of the sport for decades and which keeps everyone on the edges of their seats. Producing pace, timing, rhythm, accuracy and a strong degree of difficulty, Madeleine Winter-Schulze, co-owner of the horse, and German dressage team trainer Monica Theodorescu had smiles almost as wide as Isabell’s as she left the arena on a score of 78.575.

But Edward put the competition into a different context as he pumped out amazing passage and piaffe with Glock’s Undercover, a 13-year-old black KWPN gelding.  At London Olympia last December, the pair produced their best result,  posting 87.425 per cent and although Saturday result was a little short of that the 8,500 spectators rose to their feet to give their hero a standing ovation as he left the arena.

Last in was the young lady who slotted in behind Gal on the night that Olympic champions Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro stormed to a new world-record Freestyle score on home soil at Olympia in London.  Danielle Heijkoop was still only a relative rookie to the top end of the sport when brought into the Dutch team for last summer’s European Championships where she helped her country to silver medal position. The rider, now aged 27, has been a winner all her life with Junior and Young Rider gold medals amongst her winning haul so far.

The 15-year-old Kingsley Siro, showed huge quality of movement, flicking his toes in extended trot and producing the loveliest piaffe and passage.

Danielle could hardly believe she qualified for the FEI Reem Acra World Cup Final to take place in Lyon, France April 17-21.

Her result also proved pivotal in another way–her 10th place on the Western European League table pushed Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin out of a qualifying spot for the Final.  The British Federation must now apply for a wild card for the Olympic champion and world No. 1 if she wants to challenge for the title to be defended by world No. 2 and 2013 World Cup champion, Helen Langehanenberg of Germany.

Western European League – Standings after Round 8 at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands:
1.    Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven SWE – 74
2.    Edward Gal NED  – 71
3.    Isabell Werth GER  – 63
4.    Jessica von Bredow-Werndl GER  –  60
5.    Anna Kasprzak DEN  –  55
6.    Hans Peter Minderhoud NED  –  52
6.    Nanna Skodborg Merrald DEN –  52
8.    FabienneLutkemeier GER  –  48
9.    Marcela Krinke Susmelj SUI  –  46
10.    Danielle Heijkoop NED  –  42
11.    Charlotte Dujardin GBR   –  40
12.    Terhi Stegars FIN  –  36
13.    Patrick van der Meer NED  –  30
14.    Marc Boblet FRA  –  27
15.    Tommie Visser NED  –  25
16.    Kristian von Krusenstierna SWE  – 24
17.    Matthias Kempkes GER  – 23
18.    Malin Hamilton SWE  –  21
19.    Ellen Birgitte Farbot NOR   –  20
19.    Sofie Lexner SWE  –  20

Results:

Judge: E-Adriaan F. Hamoen (NED) H-Maria Colliander (FIN) C-Mariette Sanders-van Gansewinkel (NED)                   M-Andrew Ralph Gardner (GBR) B-Dietrich Plewa (GER)

Rank HORSE – Breeding
sex\color\born\sire x siredam\
Judge E Judge H Judge C Judge M Judge B %
RIDER
owner
technical
artistic
technical
artistic
technical
artistic
technical
artistic
technical
artistic
1 Glock´s Undercover – KWPN
G \ Black \ 2001 \ Ferro x Donnerhall
NED
13000.00 83.00 82.25 85.25 87.00 81.50 86.700
Edward  Gal
GHPC Holding Bv
89.00 91.00 90.00 92.00 86.00
2 Kingsley Siro – KWPN
G \ Black \ 1999 \ Gribaldi x Hemmingway
NED
9000.00 81.00 75.25 79.25 78.50 76.50 79.650
Danielle  Heijkoop
D. Heykoop, C. van Verseveld
83.00 80.00 84.00 82.00 77.00
3 Fixdesign Eremo del Castegno – SI
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Rohdiamant x Weltmeyer
ITA
6500.00 75.75 75.75 78.00 77.00 77.25 79.475
Valentina  Truppa
A.S.D. Centro Equestre Monferrato
81.00 82.00 85.00 82.00 81.00
4 El Santo NRW – RHEIN
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Ehrentusch x Rythmus
GER
5000.00 74.50 74.50 77.00 75.50 76.25 78.575
Isabell  Werth
Madeleine Winter-Schulze + Isabell Werth
80.00 84.00 84.00 80.00 80.00
5 Johnson – KWPN
S \ Bay \ 2002 \ Jazz x Flemmingh
NED
3500.00 75.50 72.00 77.75 75.75 76.75 77.975
Hans Peter  Minderhoud
Maatschap Nijhof
81.00 81.00 81.00 79.00 80.00
6 Arlando – KWPN
S \ DarkBay \ 2005 \ Paddox x Mytens
NED
2500.00 75.75 72.25 75.25 74.75 76.00 76.600
Diederik  van Silfhout
A.P.Both & De Nieuwe Heuvel
79.00 79.00 79.00 78.00 77.00
7 Vingino – KWPN
G \ Black \ 2002 \ Polansky x Variant
NED
2000.00 74.00 72.25 74.00 74.25 71.75 74.925
Tommie  Visser
T. Visser
76.00 78.00 78.00 78.00 73.00
8 Axis TSF – TRAK
S \ Black \ 1999 \ Sixtus x Angard
FIN
1600.00 71.00 68.50 70.50 70.75 70.25 72.800
Terhi  Stegars
Stegars Terhi + A bis Grand Prix
76.00 78.00 76.00 75.00 72.00
9 Thriller – KWPN
G \ DarkBay \ 2000 \ Gribaldi x Amor
NED
1400.00 68.75 70.25 72.00 71.50 69.00 72.450
Katja  Gevers
R. Grevers
74.00 77.00 77.00 76.00 69.00
10 Noble Dream Concept Sol – OLDBG
M \ Black \ 2002 \ Caprimond x Donnerhall
FRA
1000.00 70.25 69.00 70.75 70.25 70.00 71.525
Marc  Boblet
Jean-Louis & Caty Dallara Laura
73.00 75.00 73.00 74.00 70.00
11 Uzzo – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Lancet x Indoctro
NED
900.00 66.25 69.00 68.00 69.50 69.00 71.475
Patrick  van der Meer
Trainingsstal de Hoeve
73.00 76.00 76.00 75.00 73.00
12 Ulysses la Haya – KWPN
G \ DarkBay \ 2001 \ Gribaldi x Ulft
NED
900.00 70.50 67.50 70.75 68.50 66.00 70.925
Laurens  van Lieren
O.Boucher & J. Alberts
73.00 75.00 75.00 74.00 69.00
13 Biggles 1015 – SWB
S \ Bay \ 1998 \ Briar x Krevad
SWE
900.00 67.00 69.50 71.00 69.00 68.50 70.500
Kristian  von Krusenstierna
Ingrid Lundberg Persson
69.00 72.00 75.00 73.00 71.00
14 Smeyers Lazander – DWB
G \ Chestnut \ 2001 \ Solos Landtinus x Lebensmann
SUI
900.00 66.25 67.00 67.50 68.75 66.25 70.375
Marcela  Krinke Susmelj
Irene Meyer
71.00 75.00 76.00 74.00 72.00
15 Victoria – BWP
M \ Bay \ 1998 \ Havidoff x El Corona
RSA
900.00 62.75 65.00 64.50 67.50 65.00 66.375
Nicole  Smith
N.E. Smith & D.L. Smith G.N. Smith & J. Clifford-Smith
67.00 69.00 66.00 71.00 66.00