Triumphant GLOCK trio in Amsterdam
When the RAI Amsterdam trade fair complex opens its gates for the Jumping Amsterdam international show jumping and dressage tournament, the world’s best equestrian sportsmen and women won’t be far away. Every year in January it’s the destination of choice for GLOCK Riders Gerco Schröder, Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud, heading to their beloved event. Indeed, every year they return home with some top results.
Hans Peter and Edward score in the dressage world cup
For the FEI World Cup™ Dressage stage, Hans Peter Minderhoud and Edward Gal had brought two GLOCK horses, GLOCK’s Flirt and GLOCK’s Voice, along with them to Amsterdam. In the World Cup Grand Prix on Friday, both horses showed good form. With 16-year-old GLOCK’s Flirt, Hans Peter achieved a score of 77.820 % and came second. Edward and GLOCK’s Voice, bred from De Niro, received 74.680 % from the international jury and took fourth place.
In the Grand Prix Freestyle on Saturday, Edward and “Voici” raised their game massively. There were technical scores as high as 78.50 % whilst, for artistic presentation, rising even as high as 86.32 %. Overall this yielded 80.245 % and fourth place. Hans Peter and “Flirty” had a smooth freestyle, albeit with a small discrepancy in the transition from passage to piaffe. “Flirt suddenly halted and it was as though he was frozen for a moment. After a few seconds he was superb once again, but that cost us points. I don’t know what caused it, but he always gives his best and I’m grateful to have him”, said Hans Peter, who finished this World Cup musical freestyle in fifth place with 79.610 %.
Two generations of Schröder score over the course
In Amsterdam, there wasn’t just excitement for GLOCK Rider Gerco Schröder. His son Thomas went with him to take part in a special competition for horses and ponies, experiencing for the first time a taste of international tournament competition, and the father-son-duo together rode to sixth place. But that wasn’t the only outstanding result during the weekend. With nine-year-old KWPN gelding GLOCK’s Dobelensky, Gerco took eleventh place in the standard jumping competition over 1.40 m on Friday, improving to a ninth place on Saturday over 1.45 m.