Gal and Glock’s Undercover win the CDI4* Grand Prix
10 09 2012
Every last seat was taken round the standard dressage arena at the Glock Horse Performance Center and you could have heard a pin drop when star rider Edward Gal made his entrance to start in an Austrian competition for the first time. He was riding his Olympic horse Glock’s Undercover, the 11-year-old Ferro son that Gal himself describes as extremely ambitious and with which he took Team bronze in London.
In the lead at this point was Italy’s Valentina Truppa with her Olympic horse Eremo del Castegno and a total of 73.574% for a dream Grand Prix – where she only garnered very low scores for her flying changes. Just before her, the first GLOCK rider Hans Peter Minderhoud (NED) on his 12-year-old stallion Glock’s Tango had been impressive. He was only slightly behind the Italian in second with 72.766%.
Everyone seemed to hold their breath during Edward Gal’s performance with the elegant gelding. Their piaffes were amazingly precise, their passages strong, canter extended and pirouettes enchanting. Whoever saw the two at the Olympic Games will also have noted the progress they have made within this short space of time. The judges awarded the GHPC dream team top marks: 77.617%, which was the winning score. “We’re not done yet,” grinned Edward almost mischievously at the prize giving, “there’s room for improvement tomorrow,” and set off on his lap of honour accompanied by thunderous applause from the delighted fans. The GHPC adored Edward and Frits today.
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