Our beloved “Flirty” fell asleep very gently and softly. Surrounded by his dearest two-legged friends.
He was 21 years old and one of the most beloved horses we ever had the privilege to provide a home. A trusty sporting partner, a four-legged friend, a gentleman until old age. Always well behaved, always gentle and always devoted to his people.
Now some of the pain has healed. We are ready to tell the story, the story of Flirt, who for Hans Peter Minderhoud was above all “The dearest and most loyal horse I ever had the honor to ride. A true friend at home and a real fighter at tournaments”.
In 2010 we discovered this beautiful chestnut. Flirt de Lully was his name at that time, he was nine years old and at the beginning of his career. His breeder, Hans-Jakob Fünfschilling, once told us that, as a three-year-old, he was incredibly striking with his charisma and talent for movement, but also difficult to handle. The Florestan son out of a Gauguin-de-Lully dam was impetuous, did not want to saddle up, let alone allow anyone to mount him.
When he was four years old, he came to Jasmine Sanche and, just one year later and despite his difficult-to-handle temperament, he had already passed all his tests. At the age of six, Flirty came to Hartwig Burfeind, who trained him to Grand Prix level. At the age of nine, the Swiss warmblood gelding won his first Grand Prix and then we decided to have him. GLOCK’s Flirt matured under Hans Peter Minderhoud into a world class horse. He won three World Cup stages, topped the 80% score several times, achieved several top placings up to five-star level and danced to victory in the World Cup Final in Gothenburg in 2016. At his last international start, in 2017 in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, our Flirty won the World Cup musical freestyle with an incredible 84.890% and gave us a wonderful last performance at the age of 16, albeit without our knowing it at the time.
Because after a tendon injury he never fully recovered, but he was fit enough to enjoy his twilight years on the extensive pastures of the Glock Horse Performance Center Netherlands. Which he did, for more than five wonderful years. But the day comes, we all know, when we have to say goodbye to our beloved four-legged friend. And now it was time to let GLOCK’s Flirt go. In the last weeks of September 2022 he was in pain, it was difficult for him to get up and he could not eat anymore. We waited and hoped that the vets could still help him, but unfortunately this was not possible.
End of 2022 Flirty slipped gently away, surrounded by his keepers and his human friend, Hans Peter Minderhoud.
Farewell Flirty, we will never forget you.
Birthname: Flirt de Lully
Pedigree: Florestan I x Gaugin de Lully x Dream Dancer XX
Breeder: Haras Fünfschilling
GLOCK’s Flirt’s most important achievements:
2017 1st place CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle ‘s-Hertogenbosch – 84.890%
2017 2nd place CDI-W Grand Prix ‘s-Hertogenbosch
2016 1st place CDI-W Final Grand Prix Freestyle Gothenburg (SWE)
2016 1st place CDI-W Final Grand Prix Gothenburg (SWE)
2016 1st place CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NED) 82.357%
2016 1st place CDI-W Grand Prix ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NED)
2015 1st place CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle Stockholm (SWE)
2015 1st place CDI-W Grand Prix Stockholm (SWE)
2014 2nd place CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle Stockholm (SWE)
2014 1st place CDI-W Grand Prix Stockholm (SWE)
14 World Cup starts
2 World Cup Final starts
1 CDIO5* start