Hans Peter Minderhoud on Glock’s Flirt Posts Lifetime High Score to Win Den Bosch World Cup Freestyle Ahead of Omaha Final

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Hans Peter Minderhoud and Glock’s Flirt. File photo © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

s-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands, Mar. 11, 2017–Hans Peter Minderhoud and Glock’s Flirt produced a lifetime best performance to win the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday to head to the Final in Omaha to defend his title at the end of this month.

The result of 84.890 per cent for Hans Peter and the 16-year-old Swiss Warmblood gelding brought to an end what would have been a perfect season for Isabell Werth and Emilio that placed second on 83.300 per cent.

This competition was the last of the nine Western European qualifying competitions in which Isabell competed in the six that are permitted, winning all but this last one on three different horses.

Only the World Cup Freestyle in Burbank, California later Saturday–it will have no impact on standings–is to go to wrap up global competitions for the first final ever to be held in Omaha in America’s heartland.

The new freestyle from Hans Peter brought the packed stadium to its feet and is expected to challenge the German superstar ranked No. 1 in the world on Weihegold OLD for the 32nd World Cup title Mar. 27-April 2. Weihegold was Isabell’s Olympic team gold and individual silver medal mount in Rio de Janeiro last summer.

The previous best result–and also career high–for Hans Peter and Flirt was 82.357 per cent, posted when the pair won their first title in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2016.

“It’s going to be a really tough job to win again because the line-up is even better  than last year,” Hans Peter said, “but my horse is in great form, and I’m definitely going for a place on the podium.

“When we put this floorplan together I showed a video to some friends and everyone said it looked really good. Today Flirt felt great in the warm-up and I knew I was in with a chance when I was the last to go and Isabell had made some mistakes.”

For Isabell, this was only the third time not to win in 24 starts on four different horses since the Olympics when she brought her tally of medals to 10, the most of any equestrian in more than a century of the modern Games.

“I was really happy with my horse,” Isabell said, “he was in super shape especially in the Grand Prix. Unfortunately in the Freestyle there were mistakes in the extended trot and the two tempis but the horse was always focused. Emilio still needs to grow up a bit with the Freestyle but I was very pleased with him.”

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, who placed third in Zaire-E, said she still plans to take Unee BB to Omaha. She rode Unee to third place in the 2015 World Cup Final in Las Vegas.

She’ll then take a break from competition as she will have her first child in August.

The United States’ Laura Graves on Verdades, ranked No. 4 in the world and following a Florida winter posting their highest scores, are also expected to be in the final mix for the only annual global dressage championship.

Edward Gal on Glock’s Voice also used this last competition in Western Europe score 78.520 per cent and earn a start in Omaha. Edward won the World Cup on Totilas in 2010.

The lineup of 18 riders and horses for Omaha is still to be decided but America’s Steffen Peters of San Diego, California and the 2009 champion is given a chance of joining Laura Graves of Geneva, Florida and Kasey Perry-Glass of Wellington, Florida.

The likely starting combinations include:

Hans Peter Minderhoud of Netherlands (title defender)
Isabel Werth of Germany
Kristy Oatley of Australia
Carl Hester of Great Britain
Marcela Krinke Susmelj of Switzerland
Fabienne Lütkemeier of Germany
Jessica von Bredow-Werndly of Germany
Judy Reynolds of Ireland
Madeleine Witte-Vrees of the Netherlands
Edward Gal of the Netherlands
Inessa Merkulova of Russia
Hanna Karasiova of Belarus
Laura Graves of the United States
Kasey Perry-Glass of the United States
Wendi Williamson of New Zealand
Maria Florencia Manfredi of Argentina
José Victor Oliva, Jr. of Brazil

One spot to be decided

Results:

Judges-E: Dietrich Plewa (GER) H: Isobel Wessels (GBR) C: Mariette Sanders-van Gansewinkel (NED) M: Jacques van Daele (BEL) B: Annette Fransén-Iacobaeus (SWE)
RANK CNR HORSE – BREEDING
SEX\COLOR\BORN\SIRE X SIREDAM\
EUR E H C M B %
RIDER
OWNER
TECHNICAL
ARTISTIC
TECHNICAL
ARTISTIC
TECHNICAL
ARTISTIC
TECHNICAL
ARTISTIC
TECHNICAL
ARTISTIC
1 212 Glock´s Flirt – CH
S \ Chestnut \ 2001 \ Florestan I x Gauguin de Lully
NED
13750 77.00 80.50 81.25 81.00 76.75 84.890
Hans Peter  Minderhoud
Ing. Gaston Glock
87.80 92.80 92.80 91.40 87.60
2 208 Emilio 107 – WESTF
G \ Bay \ 2006 \ Ehrenpreis x Cacir Aa
GER
10000 78.25 81.75 77.00 78.50 77.50 83.300
Isabell  Werth
Winter-Schulze, Madeleine & IW Pferde GmbH
86.20 90.40 87.20 89.00 87.20
3 207 Zaire-E – KWPN
M \ Bay \ 2004 \ Son de Niro x Jazz
GER
7500 77.75 79.50 76.50 78.25 77.25 80.265
Jessica  von Bredow-Werndl
Aubenhausen GbR
79.80 86.60 81.60 81.20 84.20
4 210 Glock´s Voice – KWPN
S \ Black \ 2002 \ de Niro x Rohdiamant
NED
5625 76.50 79.00 76.75 75.25 73.50 78.520
Edward  Gal
Glock HPC Holding
79.80 83.00 81.80 80.00 79.60
5 201 Tiamo – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Lester x Hemmingway
BEL
3125 76.50 75.50 76.50 75.25 75.50 78.145
Jorinde  Verwimp
Verwimp (dressuurstal)
78.80 80.80 81.00 78.80 82.80
6 209 Vancouver K – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2002 \ Jazz x Ferro
IRL
2500 73.50 76.75 69.75 75.25 70.25 77.870
Judy  Reynolds
Joe & Kathleen Reynolds
83.00 87.00 81.40 82.00 79.80
7 206 D´Agostino FRH – HANN
G \ Chestnut \ 2000 \ de Niro x Shogun XX
GER
1875 72.50 76.75 72.75 75.25 73.25 76.690
Fabienne  Lütkemeier
Gina Capellmann-Lütkemeier
78.40 80.00 79.60 79.00 79.40
8 216 Wynton – KWPN
S \ Black \ 2003 \ Jazz x Matador II
NED
1250 73.50 76.50 69.75 73.25 73.00 76.420
Madeleine  Witte-Vrees
N.F.Witte & Fam. Jansen
78.80 81.80 78.00 77.60 82.00
9 203 Foco Loco W – BWP
G \ Bay \ 2005 \ v.Sierappel
ESP
625 73.00 74.25 72.00 70.00 68.50 74.955
Borja  Carrascosa
North Holdings LTD Corp
77.00 81.20 79.60 76.00 78.00
10 217 Thriller – KWPN
G \ \ 2000 \ Gribaldi x Amor
NED
625 71.00 72.50 71.00 68.75 71.00 73.405
Katja  Gevers
Dhr. R. Gevers
75.00 77.40 77.00 74.60 75.80
11 211 Dabanos d´O4 – BWP
G \ Bay \ 2003 \ Abanos x Donnerschlag
NED
625 66.25 71.25 70.50 70.50 70.25 72.895
Jeannette  Haazen
Denis van Dingenen
74.00 78.00 76.60 75.00 76.60
12 218 Bono – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2006 \ OO Seven x Jazz
NED
625 74.00 71.50 70.50 68.75 70.50 71.965
Seth  Boschman
RS2 Dressage Center de Horst
74.60 74.60 70.40 72.00 72.80
13 202 Xama Dos Pinhais
S \ Bay \ 2002
BRA
625 64.75 68.00 67.50 67.25 67.50 70.340
João Victor  Oliva
José Victor Oliva Jr
73.00 74.60 73.00 74.80 73.00
14 204 Amorak – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2005 \ Special D x Inspekteur
FRA
625 68.75 68.50 67.25 65.75 63.75 70.120
Stephanie  Brieussel
Mme Stephanie Brieussel Et M. Dominique Brieussel
74.40 75.40 73.80 72.00 71.60
15 205 After You
G \ Bay \ 2003 \ Abanos x Ragazzo
FRA
625 68.50 66.75 66.50 66.75 66.50 69.520
Ludovic  Henry
Henry Giorgia & Ludovic & Alexandre
72.80 72.40 72.00 70.40 72.60