Edward Gal Rides Glock’s Total US to Netherlands Championship Freestyle Victory for 12th National Title
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ERMELO, Netherlands, June 6, 2021–Edward Gal completed his domination of the Netherlands Championships with a victory on Glock’s Total U.S. in the Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday while his partner Hans Peter Minderhoud on Glock’s Dream Boy and Dinja van Liere on Hermès produced results to make them top contenders for the team to go to the Olympics in less than seven weeks.
Edward and the nine-year-old Hanoverian stallion scored 85.625% for the musical performance a day after winning the Grand Prix Special in vying for a place on Holland’s Olympic team of three riders and horses. The national title was the 12th for the 51-year-old Edward seeking to go to his third Olympics. Total US and Toto Jr., that were first and second, respectively in the Special, are sons of Totilas, the black stallion that Edward rode to become a global celebrity partnership but was sold in 2010 without going to an Olympics.
Hans Peter and Dream Boy, a 13-year-old KWPN stallion, was second in the Freestyle on 81.610% after placing third in the Special Saturday behind Edward’s two mounts. Dream Boy was ridden by Hans Peter on Dutch teams at the 2018 World Equestrian Games and for silver at the 2019 European Championships
Dinja van Liere, in her first senior championships, claimed the Freestyle bronze on Hermès, a nine-year-old KWPN stallion. The duo were fourth in the Special and Dinja also placed sixth on Haute Courture.
Marlies van Baalen on Go Legend was fourth in the Freestyle.
Netherlands Championship Grand Prix Freestyle
|Judges:||Jeannette Wolfs||Adriaan F. Hamoen||Maarten Van der Heijden||Janine van Twist||Mara de Bel Groenenboom|
|1.||85.625||NED||Edward Gal||Glock’s Total U.S.||85.55||85.125||86.25||86.375||84.825|
|2.||81.610||NED||Hans Peter Minderhoud||Glock’s Dream Boy N.O.P.||80.525||80.75||80.375||83.375||83.025|
|3.||81.025||NED||Dinja van Liere||Hermès||80.65||79.75||83||80.2||81.525|
|4.||79.525||NED||Marlies van Baalen||Go Legend||79.075||79.475||78.875||79.475||80.725|
|5.||77.680||NED||Vincent Van Gasselt||Delacroix II||75.25||77.5||78||78.75||78.9|
|6.||76.555||MAR||Yessin Rahmouni||All at Once||76.575||76.85||76.375||76.075||76.9|
|7.||75.900||NED||Denise Nekeman||Boston STH||74.25||75.5||77.75||75.475||76.525|
|9.||75.200||NED||Thamar Zweistra||Hexagon’s Double Dutch||74.85||75.2||75.625||76.075||74.25|
|11.||73.700||NED||Kirsten Beckers||Easy Quo||75.35||73.375||71.75||74.8||73.225|
|12.||70.815||NED||Marieke van der Putten||Her Majesty TF RS2||72.5||72.15||67.875||70||71.55|