Edward Gal & Voice Take Rotterdam CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle
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ROTTERDAM, June 20, 2015–The Glock partnerships of Edward Gal on Voice and Hans Peter Minderhoud on Flirt dominated the CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday while Adelinde Cornelissen pulled Jerich Parzival from the event after posting the lowest Grand Prix score in seven years.
Edward and the 13-year-old KWPN stallion scored 81.650 per cent for the win while Hans Peter on Flirt were on 8.450 per cent, a personal best for the pair that began competing together a year ago. Fellow Dutch team rider Diederik van Silfhout on Bonzanjo was third on 75.700 per cent.
The Grand Prix Special was won by Belgium’s Fanny Verliefden on Annarico on a score of 73.353 per cent that was both a personal best score and the first Big Tour win for the pair.
Spain’s Morgan Barbançon on Vitana V was second on 72.294 per cent and Judy Reynolds of Ireland on Vancouver K third on 72.098 per cent.
Adelinde scratched the 18-year-old Parzival, a KWPN gelding, after Friday’s Grand Prix in which the world’s No. 3 ranked pair scored 74.420 per cent, their lowest mark since 2008.
Parzival was scratched based on a declaration from the Dutch team veterinarian, Jan Greve, that the chestnut was “not fit” to compete, said a spokesperson for the CHIO.
Adelinde was quoted by the Dutch magazine Hoefslag as saying that Parzival was perhaps too fit and spooky and that led to several errors throughout the ride that was watched by a relatively large crowd in a tree-shrouded arena that was also their first competition in 2015.
Hoefslag said Adelinde hoped the ride was good enough in the eyes of Dutch team coach Wim Earnes for consideration for the Netherlands team at the European Championships in Aachen, Germany in August.
Adelinde and Parzival have won medals at Olympics, World Games, European Championships and twice winner of the World Cup in a Grand Prix career over eight years.