Edward Gal & Sisther de Jeu Win Rotterdam CDN GP Freestyle & GP, Marlies von Baalen & Phoebe Take Special
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ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands, June 18–Edward Gal and Sisther de Jeu won the CDN Grand Prix Freestyle by the narrowest of margins over Hans Peter Minderhoud and IPS Tango at the Rotterdam CHIO Friday.
Edward and the 11-year-old Gribaldi mare scored 77.429 per cent while Dutch team mate Hans Peter and Tango were on 77.428 per cent with Australia’s Brett Parberry on Victory Salute third on 75.071 per cent. Christa Laarakkers and Divoza Horseworld, the only other entry in the class, finished on 71.357 per cent.
For complete results of the CDN Grand Prix Freestyle, click here: RotterdamCDNGPFS
In the CDN Grand Prix Special, Marlies von Baalen on BMC Phoebe was the winner on 68.833 per cent with Thamar Zweistra on Orthello second with 66.167 per cent and Canada’s Cheryl Meisner on Paganini third on 65.292 per cent.
For complete results of the national Grand Prix Special, click here: RotterdamNationalGrandPrixSpecial
In the Grand Prix Wednesday, Edward and the 11-year-old Gribaldi mare were scored 73.404 per cent by the panel of seven judges instead of the usual five, and that is part of efforts to reduce wide variances in dressage judging.
Compatriot Hans Peter Minderhoud on IPS Tango was second with 70.760 per cent and Australia’s Brett Parbery, returning to the competition arena after his wife, Mel, gave birth to a son, was third on his World Cup mount Victory Salute with 69.726 per cent.
Results of two Canadian riders: Cheryl Meisner and Paganini fifth on 65.805 per cent and Wendy Christoff and Pfalstaff ninth on 62.888 per cent.
The Rotterdam CHIO is one of the top European competitions with Nations Cups in both dressage and jumping. It is the third of four shows being contested by a squad of the top Canadian prospects for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky later this year.
Complete results, click here: RotterdamNatGP