Euro Update: Gal and Minderhoud Win Big at 2008 CDI Flyinge

The Dutch dressage couple Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud reigned supreme at the CDI Flyinge in Sweden. Gal dominated the small tour aboard Tosca Visser's Totilas (by Gribaldi) winning the Prix St Georges and Intermediaire I. Gal also won the Grand Prix on the KWPN mare Sisther de Jeu (by Gribaldi). Sisther is bred by the renowned Dutch breeder Huub van Helvoirt and owned by Emmy de Jeu.

Photo copyrighted David Svensson - MXM 2008

In the Special Gal and Sisther dropped to a second place because of some tension. "She was quite tense upon entering the ring," Gal said, "but we were prepared that Sisther would find everything a bit more exciting in the Special. Yesterday she got quite upset during the prize giving. Of course she has to learn to deal with award ceremonies, but yesterday it was all a bit too much."

Gal's Partner Minderhoud won the Special with Escapado (by Ex Libris). "We are really starting to tune into each other and I'm very happy that he showed himself so well," Hans Peter said. "Unfortunately, my pirouettes were not so good otherwise I would definitely have got a higher score." (View Photo Report)

Price Highlight Schickeria Sold to Austria at 2008 Munster Elite Auction

The chestnut mare Schickeria (by Sir Donnerhall x Weltmeyer) became the price highlight of the 2008 Munster October Elite Auction held October 5, 2008, in Munster-Handorf, Germany. Renowned auction shopper, Austrian Sissy Max-Theurer, paid 355,000 euro for the mare which is bred and presented at auction by Anja Mohrahrend from Bersenbruck, Germany.

"We really fell for her phenomenal rideability and her three very good basic gaits," Victoria Max-Theurer said. "Schickeria will go in training with Helen Langehanenberg as we prefer to give our horses the time to slowly mature and believe fully in the work of Helen and her husband Sebastian."

The second most expensive horse of the auction was the 3-year old black mare Real Love (by Real Diamond x Davignon). She was the third placed mare at the 2008 Westfalian Elite Mare Show and sold to a customer from Schleswig-Holstein. (Read More)

What's Happening in the Dressage World?

News on Christine W torturing horses again in Denmark, Anky van Grunsven training for the 2010 World Equestrian Games reining, Roy First taking over the ride on Karachi, new dogs and cats in Van Baalen and Salzgeber's stables, Arjen Teeuwissen's cooking recipes, and Wempe Jewel passed away. (Read More)

More Euro News at

Related Links
Euro Update: Brits On Form at 2007 CDI Saumur
Euro Update: Spanish Invasion at 2006 CDI Saumur