Edward Gal & Undercover Another Personal Best Score to Win Odense World Cup Freestyle

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Edward Gal and Glock's Undercover.
Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover. © 2014 Jenny Abrahamsson/World of Show Jumping

ODENSE, Denmark, Oct. 19, 2014–Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover performed their highest scoring Grand Prix Freestyle at 88.625 per cent on Sunday to claim the first event in the Western European World Cup series leading to the Final in Las Vegas next April.

Edward Gal and the 13-year-old KWPN gelding (Ferro Donnerhall) were awarded more than four percentage points ahead of fellow Dutch combination and two-time World Cup champion Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival that received 84.300 per cent with Germany’s Iseball Werth on Don Johnson FRH in third place on 80.275 per cent.

The win gives Edward 20 points and moves the pair to the top of the Western European League standings.

The previous best Freestyle score for Edward and Undercover was 87.425 per cent at London’s Olympia Christmas show last December, but well below the rider’s best ever of 92.300 per cent on Totilas at Olympia in 2009 that was a world record before Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro established a new high of 93.975 per cent also set at Olympia last Christmas.

Edward has been competing Undercover at Grand Prix since April 2012 and their record includes the Olympic Games in London in 2012, World Cup Finals in 2012 and 2013 and the European Championships in 2013. The duo placed third behind Charlotte on Valegro in the Final at Lyon, France in April this year with Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg on Damon Hill NRW the runnerup.

If Edward, 44 years old, and Undercover make it to the Final in Las Vegas April 15-19 it will be the first competition for the pair outside Western Europe.

The rider was World Cup champion on Totilas in the pair’s only Finals appearance, at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands in 2010, just six months before the black stallion was sold to Germany for Matthias Alexander Rath to compete.

One of Edward’s most memorable moments at a World Cup Final was his victory on Lingh over Anky van Grunsven on Salinero in the Grand Prix at Las Vegas in 2005 but Anky went on to win the Freestyle, one of their record nine World Cup titles. (The most World Cups any other rider has won is two–Christine Stückelberger of Switzerland, Germany’s Isabell Werth, Monica Theodorescu and Ulla Salzgeber and Adelinde Cornelissen of the Netherlands.)

Adelinde claimed the title on Parzival in 2011 and 2012, but the horse will be 18 years old next year and will have been competed at CDI Big Tour for more than eight years. No horse as old as 18 has won the Word Cup since its debut in 1986 as the only individual global championship decided by what was then the newly introduced Musical Freestyle.

Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival.
Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival. © 2014 Jenny Abrahamsson/World of Show Jumping

The next WEL event is scheduled for Lyon, France Oct. 29-Nov. 2 followed by Stuttgart, Germany Nov, 19-23, Stockholm Nov. 28-30, Olympia, London Dec. 16-17, Amsterdam Jan. 29-Feb. 1, Neumünster, Germany Feb. 12-15, Gothenburg, Sweden Feb. 26-Mar. 1 and s’-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Mar. 12-15.

Results:

Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges:  B: Elke Ebert  M: Kurt Christensen  C: Susanne Baarup  H: Magnus Ringmark  E: Mariette Sanders

Rank Rider Horse E H C M B  Total
1 GLOCK’S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. Ferro – Donnerhall Hendriksen-de Rijk GHPC Holding BV 87.500  87.000  87.2501 85.500  88.000  86.7501 88.000  92.000  90.0001 88.000  94.000  91.0001 85.250  91.000  88.1251 86.850  90.40088.625
2 JERICH PARZIVAL N.O.P. Jazz – Ulft J.M. BEIJER-DE KLEIJN W.P.J. Cornelissen / M.A. Cornelissen 79.500  86.000  82.7502 80.500  83.000  81.7502 81.500  90.000  85.7502 82.000  91.000  86.5002 80.500  89.000  84.7502 80.800  87.800  84.300
3 DON JOHNSON FRH Don Frederico – Warkant Meyer, Ulrike Winter-Schulze, Madeleine 75.000  82.000  78.5004 77.000  82.000  79.5003 77.250  84.000  80.6253 77.000  82.000  79.5004 80.500  86.000  83.2503 77.350  83.200  80.275
4 HERZRUF’S ERBE Herzruf – Caletto I Stroetges Heinz u. Dagmar Ulla Salzgeber 77.750  81.000  79.3753 74.500  82.000  78.2504 74.250  81.000  77.6255 78.250  83.000  80.6253 79.250  83.000  81.1254 76.800  82.000  79.400
5 GLOCK’S FLIRT Florestan – Gauguin de Lully Haras Fünfschilling Lully Ing. Gaston Glock 77.000  80.000  78.5005 74.500  78.000   76.2505 75.750  81.000  78.3754 73.500  81.000  77.2505 74.500  79.000  76.7505 75.050  79.800   77.425
6 JOJO AZ Ginus – Justboy Enyingi Agrár Rt. JULIANELYST APS 74.750  80.000  77.3756 70.500  76.000  73.2507 70.500  75.000  72.7508 74.250  79.000  76.6256 71.750  78.000  74.8756 72.350  77.600  74.975
7 FAVOURIT Fidermark – Worldchamp Eberhard Schulte-Böcker Rothenberger im Gestüt Erlenhof OHG 72.500  76.000  74.2507 73.500  76.000  74.7506 74.000  78.000  76.0006 72.750  77.000  74.8757 72.750  75.000  73.8757 73.100  76.400  74.750
8 UZZO LANCET – INDOCTRO A L J. SCHONEWILLE, PIJNACKER (NL) Trainingsstal de hoeve 71.000  73.000  72.00010 69.500  73.000  71.25010 71.250   75.000   73.1257 70.000  74.000  72.00011 68.250  72.000  70.12513 70.000  73.400  71.700
9 DARCIA VH Danone 1040 – Don Schufro Birgitta & Torsten Hansson Jeanna Högberg & Torsten Hansson 70.500  74.000   72.2509 73.250  72.000  72.6258 69.250  71.000  70.12510 71.000  74.000  72.5009 69.750  72.000  70.87511 70.750  72.600  71.675
10 QUI VINCIT DYNAMIS Quattro B – Calypso II Merkhoffer Heide-Marie Capellmann-Lütkemeier Gina 70.000  75.000  72.5008 70.000  72.000  71.00012 67.750  72.000  69.87511 71.750  74.000  72.8758 68.250  73.000  70.62512 69.550  73.200  71.375
11 DI LAPPONIA T Donnerhall – Argument Joachim Tobaben Paulinda Friberg 70.750  72.000  71.37511 70.750  73.000  71.8759 68.000  69.000  68.50013 70.000  74.000  72.00011 71.750  74.000  72.8759 70.250  72.400 71.325
12 VITANA V Donnerhall – Hemmingway J.Cuppen 69.000  71.000  70.00013 69.250  73.000  71.12511 68.250  69.000  68.62512 70.250  74.000  72.12510 71.000  75.000  73.0008 69.55072.40070.975
13 BROHOLM´S HIGHLIGHT MIDT-WEST IBI-LIGHT – SOREL Bent Andersen og Trine Schonnings, Bogen Bent Andersen + Trine Schonnings 68.000  72.000  70.00012 68.500  71.000  69.75013 70.000  72.000  71.0009 70.000  73.000  71.50013 69.000  73.000  71.00010 69.10072.20070.650
14 GOERKLINTGAARDS FANERO OLYMPIC FERRO – LE MONT-H LENA LESCHLY ÅMAND 66.000  67.000  66.50015 66.250  70.000  68.12514 65.000  68.000  66.50015 68.000  69.000  68.50014 66.500  68.000   67.25015 66.35068.40067.375
15 TOBAJO PIK DISNEY TOBAJO PICEZ – WALT DISNEY I Tormod Bakke Johnsen Trude Hestengen and Family 65.750  68.000 66.87514 64.750 69.0006 6.87515 65.750 69.000 67.37514 65.500 70.000 67.75015 65.250 70.000 67.62514 65.400 69.20067.300