Friday, 01 May 2015 World Cup™ Finals Las Vegas

Edward and Hans Peter delight one and all with their GLOCK horses in Las Vegas

From April 15th till 19th, 2015 the desert city of Las Vegas (USA) was marked by the FEI World Cup™ Finals. The two Dutch GLOCK riders, Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud, had already succeeded in scoring high ranks in the qualification competitions and counted amongst the favourites for the top ranks in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finale.

With the two four-legged GLOCK superstars, GLOCK's Undercover N.O.P. and GLOCK's Flirt, they embarked by plane towards the USA. On Wednesday (April 15th, 2015), after three days of quarantine, Edward and 'Fritsie' as well as Hans Peter and 'Flirty' were allowed to enter the Thomas & Mack Arena for the first time. The horses presented themselves as fresh, motivated and ready for the finale. Things then got serious on Thursday (16th of April) – the Grand Prix de Dressage was scheduled for this day. GLOCK rider Hans Peter and GLOCK's Flirt entered the arena as the 14th duo. 'Flirty' did a fantastic job, not showing any signs of reaction to the extreme vicinity of the audience, the raging applause or the small arena – the result was seventh place with a score of 73.657 %.

Edward and GLOCK's Undercover N.O.P. were the last but one of 18 duos to enter the arena. After three days of quarantine, 'Fritsie' was full of energy. But, as usual, the son of Ferro complied with the subtle commands from his rider and thus the GLOCK Duo scored 81.900 % for second place.

After one day of break on Friday, Saturday was the day of the great World Cup finals - the Grand Prix musical freestyle was scheduled for this day. Both Hans Peter with GLOCK's Flirt and Edward with GLOCK's Undercover N.O.P. were able to demonstrate their strong sides here. 'Flirty' scored particularly with his incredibly smooth lateral gaits and impressive extended paces, achieving an excellent fifth place (79.036 %) in his first world cup finals.

For 'Fritsie' the judges produced the highest scores for piaffe and pirouette. The score of 84.696 % was only topped by title defender Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) and her Valegro. Thus Team GLOCK joined Edward in celebrating second place in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2014/15.

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Departure for Las Vegas. GLOCK’s Flirt and GLOCK’s Undercover N.O.P. travel by truck to the airport. © GHPC

‘Fritsie’ and ‘Flirty’ safely placed in the flight box. © GHPC

The freight aircraft to the World Cup Finals with which all three GLOCK horses are taken to Las Vegas. © GHPC

Landed safely in Las Vegas! © GHPC

The World Cup Finals can begin! Anna Visser with GLOCK's Flirt and Hans Peter Minderhoud, Nicole Werner, GLOCK's Undercover and Edward Gal with Vanessa Ruiter, GLOCK's Cognac Champblanc and Gerco Schroeder with Ludivine Etore. © Arnd Bronkhorst

The GLOCK team also taking part in the quarantine in ‘astronaut’ outfits. © GHPC

First walk under Las Vegas sun: GLOCK’s Flirt. © GHPC

Eddie has found his dream car during sightseeing in Las Vegas. © GHPC

Gone with the wind . The three GLOCK Grooms, Anna, Vanessa and Lulu in a sandstorm in Las Vegas. © GHPC

Team GLOCK in Las Vegas: GLOCK rider Hans Peter Minderhoud, GLOCK trainer Nicole Werner, GLOCK rider Gerco Schroeder and GLOCK rider Edward Gal. © Arnd Bronkhorst

Entering the Thomas & Mack Arena for the first time: Edward with Fritsie. © GHPC

GLOCK's Undercover, lovingly called 'Fritsie', at the World Cup Finals in Las Vegas. © Arnd Bronkhorst

GLOCK Rider Edward Gal and GLOCK's Undercover N.O.P. after their fantastic performance. © Arnd Bronkhorst

Super 'Flirty'! GLOCK rider Hans Peter Minderhoud and GLOCK's Flirt were able to shine in Las Vegas. © Arnd Bronkhorst

‘Bad hair day’ – GLOCK’s Flirt also looks great with a curly mane. © GHPC

GLOCK's Flirt and GLOCK Rider Hans Peter Minderhoud came fifth in their first joint world cup finals. © Arnd Bronkhorst

Best friends! World cup winner Charlotte Dujardin with Valegro and GLOCK Rider Edward Gal with GLOCK’s Undercover N.O.P. © GHPC

On the podium: GLOCK rider Edward Gal, world cup winner Charlotte Dujardin and Jessica von Bredow-Werndl. © Arnd Bronkhorst

Eddie with Charlotte and Vanessa at the final press conference. © GHPC

Happy! Hansi with ‘Flirty’ and Eddie with ‘Fritsie’. © GHPC

Soon to go back home again! ‘Fritsie’ with Valegro and his groom Alan. © GHPC

The truck that takes all world cup horses to the airport. © GHPC

Landed! ‘Fritsie’ upon arrival at Schiphol airport. So nice to be home again! © GHPC

You can really tell GLOCK’s Flirt is happy. © GHPC

Home, sweet home! GLOCK’s Undercover N.O.P. back home again. © GHPC