Romanov Bought by Glock, to Stay with Edward Gal

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Romanov being ridden by Edward Gal has been renamed Glock's Romanov after the sponsor bought the horse from Denmark's Blue Hors. © Ridehesten

Romanov, the 13-year-old Oldenburg stallion, has been sold to Glock to continue to be competed by Edward Gal who took over the ride 15 months ago when the horse was owned by Blue Hors stud in Denmark.

Romanov (Rhodiamont x Rumirell x Grundstein II) joins a string of top competition horses, including Glock’s Undercover, ridden by Edward and Hans Peter Minderhoud at the Glock Horse Performance Center in Harskamp, the Netherlands.

Edward became the first non-Danish rider to compete a Blue Hors mount in October, 2011 after the horse was ridden by Sune Hansen through the 2011 European Championships.

Romanov was reserve champion of the Oldenburg approval in 2002, the best dressage stallion at the Danish Herning approval in 2005, champion of dressage five-year-olds in Denmark and VTV sport stallion of the year in 2008.

Romanov has become one of the most popular dressage stallions throughout Europe. In 2011 he had two inspected sons at the Danish approvals, was Stallion of the Year and at the qualifier for the German foal championships four of his foals qualified and two won the title. His son Honnerups Driver was the outstanding World Champion of the young dressage horses in 2009 and a Romanov progeny, Hojersmindes Rolex, was also in the final in 2011.

“We naturally had mixed feelings about selling such a top stallion,” said Blue Hors director Esben Møller. “On the one hand we are delighted that the stallion has the opportunity to develop under such an exceptional rider as Edward Gal and on the other we are sad because we at Blue Hors have to say goodbye to a sport and breeding stallion of such calibre.”

In seven performances at four shows in the past year of competition, Edward and Romanov have finished second three times with increasingly escalating scores–above 74 per cent for the Grand Prix and 80 per cent for the freestyle.