Edward Gal & Undercover Netherlands Champion, Danielle Heijkoop & Kingsley Siro Reserve
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HOOFDORP, Netherlands, July 21–Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover repeated as the Netherlands Champion with a victory in the Freestyle Sunday that was a finale to dominating performances in all three title classes all with scores above 80 per cent a month from the European Championships.
Edward and the 12-year-old black KWPN gelding (Ferro x Donnerhall) won the Freestyle with 86.650 per cent after capturing the Grand Prix with 80.787 per cent and the Special with 82.438 per cent at this competition that was a final observation event for selection to the team that will go to Herning, Denmark. They won this title on Undercover in 2012. Edward was champion in 2004 and, with Totilas in 2009 and 2010.
Edward began these championships with three horses, finishing first on Undercover, third on Glock’s Voice and fourth on Interfloor Next One in the Grand Prix; cutting back to two horses in the Special to place first on Undercover and second on Voice, and finally riding Undercover only in the freestyle finale.
Danielle Heijkoop and Kingsley Siro were reserve champions, the only pair other than Edward and his Olympic mount to post a score above 80 per cent when the 26-year-old rider and the 14-year-old KWPN gelding were second in the Freestyle on 80.850 per cent.
Patrick van der Meer on Uzzo that he rode at last summer’s Olympics as an individual placed third in the championship standings, though the pair finished fourth in the Freestyle on 78.250 per cent behind Hans Peter Minderhoud and Glock’s Romanov on 78.550 per cent.
Absent from the championships was Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival, the world’s second ranked combination. Parzival was treated for heart arrhythmia, in June and is back in training but not ready for these championships that theoretically were mandatory for selection for the Dutch team. However, Parzival missed the 2012 national championships but was chosen for the Netherlands team at last summer’s London Olympics and won individual silver.