Edward Gal & Undercover Return to Competiton at Zeeland Outdoor CDI3*, Post Pair’s Lowest Ever Score
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NIEUW EN SINT JOOSLAND, Netherlands, April 7, 2016–Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover returned to competition Thursday after an eight-month break to score 70.220 per cent in the Zeeland Outdoor CDI3* Grand Prix, the lowest ever result for the 2012 Olympic pair in four years at Big Tour.
In the campaign for a place on the Netherlands’ team at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August, this was the first show for Undercover, a KWPN gelding now 15 years old, following elimination from last summer’s European Championships in Aachen, Germany.
The pair began the Grand Prix well with an average score of more than 80 per cent, including one mark of 10 for the right half pass.
However, in the second piaffe-passage a tense Undercover received four marks of one and one of two from the five-member ground jury. Undercover recovered to receive numerous marks of eight in the second half of the test, including eights from all judges for the piaffe on the final centerline.
The scores ranged from a high of 71.100 per cent to lows of 69.400 per cent from two judges.
Undercover was Edward’s 2012 Olympic team bronze and 2013 team silver and 2015 European Championships team gold mount. In three World Cup Final appearances, the duo placed third at both Gothenburg, Sweden in 2013 and Lyon, France in 2014 and was runner-up at Las Vegas in 2015.
The pair that began their Grand Prix career four years ago have plummeted to 146th in the world rankings from third at the start of the year.