Undercover Ridden by Edward Gal of Netherlands Out of World Games
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Aug. 21, 2014
Glock’s Undercover ridden by Edward Gal of the Netherlands as the world’s No. 3 ranked combination was withdrawn Thursday from the World Equestrian Games after being found to have a problem in the cervival spine. The withdrawal came a day after Totilas ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath of Germany was pulled from the WEG.
Withdrawal of the 13-year-old KWPN gelding was announced in statements by Glock and the Dutch federation.
Edward will now compete Glock’s Voice, a 12-year-old KWPN stallion, on the Dutch team with Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival, Danielle Heijkoop and Kingsley Siro and Hans Peter Minderhoud and Glock’s Johnson TN.
Norway also announced a change in its team. Cathrine Rasmussen withdrew Fernandez that had been injured and was replaced by Ellen Brigitte Farbrot on Tailormade Aka Askelund so the nation will have a full four-member team.
Undercover was the top mount for Edward, having competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the European Championships in 2013 where the pair scored 81.763 per cent for third place in the Grand Prix. The highest score for Voice was 75.780 per cent at Rotterdam in June.
With Undercover out and Parzival now 17 years old, the Dutch chances become less firm of winning silver in the Nations Cup that is decided by the Grand Prix over next Monday and Tuesday.
“Following a detailed veterinary check-up the sad decision was made: Glock rider Edward Gal must do without his best horse, Glock’s Undercover,” the Glock organization said in a statement.
“In the team training, the son of Ferro still showed impressive form yesterday morning, however, he moved awkwardly. The vet diagnosed a problem in the cervical spine.
“Despite the fact that the physiotherapist was able to mobilize the vertebrae, a slight inflammation is still causing pain for the KWPN gelding.”
Nicole Werner, who is the trainer of both Edward and Hans Peter and their several Glock horses, said: “This must have happened after the team training in the paddock or in his box. It is something, which can be treated well by means of corresponding medication and will heal within more or less one week. In order to save him from pain and avoid risks, we have decided to have him now treated by the vet.
“Fritsie will now stay at home in The Netherlands. We are really very sorry but to us the horse’s wellbeing is more important than success.”