Team silver in the European Championships
From August 19th till 25th, 2019, 70 athletes from 24 countries and teams from 15 nations contested gold, silver and bronze medals at the European Championships. Appointed to the Dutch dressage team were Edward Gal with GLOCK’s Zonik N.O.P. and Hans Peter Minderhoud with GLOCK’s Dream Boy N.O.P. with a view to making the dream come true, namely achieving bronze in their home country. The serious business began on Monday (19 August 2019) when the dressage riders embarked on the Grand Prix from 9am. This competition counted as the qualifier for team medals and, due to the large number of starters, extended over two days (19 + 20/08). It was already on Thursday (22/08) in the Grand Prix Special that the first individual decider came. Qualifying to start were the best 30 duos from the Grand Prix.
The top 15 horse-rider pairings from the Grand Prix Special were then to qualify for the Grand Prix Freestyle, taking place on Saturday (24/08) as the last competition to decide dressage medals, albeit one that offered a maximum of 3 starting places per nation.
In the Grand Prix team evaluation, the Netherlands were forced to work hard for their chance of a medal but, following the performances of Anne Meulendijks with MDH Avanti N.O.P. (drop-result at 71.801 %), Hans Peter Minderhoud with GLOCK’s Dream Boy N.O.P. (75.295 %) and Emmelie Scholtens with Desperado N.O.P. (76.087 %), came an outstanding ride by Edward Gal with GLOCK’s Zonik N.O.P. as the last contestant in his team. With the DWB stallion he scored an outstanding 78.758 %, meaning initially that the Netherlands could celebrate team bronze, only then for a disqualification among the British to mean promotion to team silver.
The GLOCK stallions also gave top performances in the Grand Prix Special. GLOCK’s Zonik N.O.P. under Edward Gal took eighth place with 77.994 % and GLOCK’s Dream Boy N.O.P. under Hans Peter Minderhoud took 13th with 75.517 %, meaning that the two GLOCK duos qualified among the best 15 and for the freestyle final.
The freestyle at the European Championships in Rotterdam marked a great occasion for Edward Gal, who was to present his new freestyle with GLOCK’s Zonik N.O.P., composed specially for the duo by Joost Peters. Under the enthralled gaze of the king’s mother, H.R.H. Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, Hans Peter Minderhoud opened for the Netherlands and Team GLOCK and, in the saddle on 11--year-old GLOCK’s Dream Boy N.O.P., son of Vivaldi, he delivered a freestyle performance of perfect fusion. The score of 81.546 % meant a personal best and ninth place.
All the way to the king’s lounge, frenetic celebration accompanied Edward Gal and 11-year-old DWB stallion GLOCK’s Zonik N.O.P. for their amazing freestyle, which earned 84.271 % and sixth place, meaning a joint best performance for the aspiring GLOCK Duo.