This week's Euro Update reports on the Dressage Task Force's last conference call during which it has been decided to hold a judging system trial at Aachen begin September 2009. Edward Gal beat Anky van Grunsven on Salinero at the 2009 Dutch Dressage Championships. Riding Totilas, Gal won all three rounds of the national championships with superb scores. In two weeks the 2009 CDIO Rotterdam takes place. The show is an important selection trial for the 2009 European Dressage Championships held in August in Windsor (GBR)
Dressage Task Force Announces Judging System Trial at Aachen
The Dressage Task Force held a conference call on 4 June 2009 to discuss the programme for the Judging Systems Trial which will take place at Aachen on September 7-9, 2009. Stakeholder Group representatives will be invited to attend.
The aim of the Judging Systems Trial will be to trial all of the different judging systems that the Dressage Task Force is reviewing for the future. These systems relate to the number of judges, the positioning of the judges and the judging process itself.
The trial will explore each option in an open minded and objective way in order to help the Dressage Task Force put together recommendations for the Bureau in November when also the new Dressage Technical Committee will be appointed.
Trond Asmyr also joined the Conference Call since he was visiting the FEI headquarters in Lausanne. Trond will start work as the Dressage Director starting 22 June 2009.
Edward Gal and Totilas Conquer 2009 Dutch Championships - Watch the Video!
Edward Gal and the black KWPN stallion Totilas commanded and conquered the 2009 Dutch Dressage Championships in De Steeg, The Netherlands, ending Anky van Grunsven's era of undisputed reign as Dutch prima donna. Aboard Tosca Visser's 9-year old Totilas (by Gribaldi x Glendale), Gal won the Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and Kur to Music with staggering scores of 77.063%, 80.416%, and 86,700%.
Gal obtained a total score of 244.181 percentage points, almost 10 percent higher than silver medal winning Anky van Grunsven and Salinero (by Salieri), who totaled 233.904 points. Imke Schellekens Bartels and the Smarius Family's Hanoverian mare Sunrise (by Singular Joter) got the bronze with a total of 229.982 points.
Never before has Anky van Grunsven been defeated at the national championships when she was riding either Bonfire or Salinero, which makes Gal's victory even more special. In 2004, Gal became Dutch Champion with Lingh while Anky finished in second place with her second horse Krack C.
The 39-year old Harskamp based Edward Gal is amazed by the capabilities of his horse."Maybe this is the best horse I have ever seen," he said. "Totilas can do everything. I've never felt this in my entire life as a rider. He still makes a few mistakes now, but that's his lack of experience. He is also very level minded, always clear thinking and relaxed. I don't have to work on him to get the best out of him. And I know for sure he can even be better." Gal also has the 8-year old full sister of Totilas in his stable. "She can do a thing or two as well," he quipped.