Gal makes it a Reem Acra double at Odense
19 10 2015
Dutch star, Edward Gal, made it a back-to-back double when coming out on top at the opening leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2015/2016 Western European League at Odense in Denmark today. Last season he rode to victory at this event with the gelding Glock's Undercover, but this time around he triumphed with the stallion Glock's Voice, pinning the host country’s Anna Kasprzak and Donnperignon into runner-up spot and Agnete Kirk Thinggaard and Jojo AZ into third.
The outcome was far from certain after Kasprzak won yesterday’s Grand Prix on a mark of 73.860. Gal was a close second on 73.380 while his fellow-countryman, Hans Peter Minderhoud, lined up third with Glock's Romanov on 73.320. Sweden’s rising star, 28-year-old Emilie Nyrerod, filled fourth spot with Miata ahead of Kirk Thinggard in fifth. Perhaps the biggest turnaround in terms of finishing spots today was that of Ireland’s Judy Reynolds, who rocketed up from 12th of the 20 starters in the Grand Prix to fill fifth place at the end of the Freestyle.
The 33-year-old German-based Irish athlete was holding the lead on her score of 74.425 at the halfway stage of the competition. Her 13-year-old brown gelding has been showing ever-improving form as the pair have climbed up to 54th in the world rankings over the past year, and this was the first major show for Vancouver K since they just missed out on Olympic qualification at the FEI European Championships in Aachen in August. Reynolds remains determined to make the cut to Rio through any other possible route, and has planned a consistent campaign of the Reem Acra series over the coming months.
1 VOICE DE NIRO NED40937 KWPN Edward GAL NED 78.800 0 €
2 DONNPERIGNON DONNERHALL GER25410 FWB Anna KASPRZAK DEN 77.100 0 €
3 JOJO AZ GINUS 103KA01 Hung Agnete KIRK THINGGAARD DEN 76.250 0 €
4 MIATA LANCADO 103QC28 Old Emilie NYRERÖD SWE 74.800 0 €
5 VANCOUVER K JAZZ IRL40808 KWPN Judy REYNOLDS IRL 74.425 0 €
1 DONNPERIGNON DONNERHALL GER25410 FWB Anna KASPRZAK DEN 73.860 0 €
2 VOICE DE NIRO NED40937 KWPN Edward GAL NED 73.380 0 €
3 ROMANOV ROHDIAMANT DEN40408 Old Hans Peter MINDERHOUD NED 73.320 0 €
4 MIATA LANCADO 103QC28 Old Emilie NYRERÖD SWE 72.600 0 €
5 JOJO AZ GINUS 103KA01 Hung Agnete KIRK THINGGAARD DEN 72.100 0 €
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