The new Year 2014 started the happiest for Edward Gal when he took the very first wins possible of the international dressage year at his home ground in Drachten. ICNN Drachten in the north of the Netherlands is the only international FEI-show for dressage the first weekend of January. Introducing the fit and shining 19 year old Interfloor’s Next One again, the Dutch winter champions of 2013, Gal and Interfloor’s Next One, succeeded to win the Grand Prix Friday and the Freestyle this Sunday. It was the third time in a row that Gal was the winner in Drachten with true, reliable 19 year old Jazz-son Interfloor’s Next One, owned by the sponsor of the Grand Prix dressage tests in Drachten, Lens Nekeman of Interfloor.
Interfloor’s Next One made a very fresh and happy impression. He is a horse that is still eager to do its work and to shine in the arena. Edward Gal chose to ride the ‘Holiday’ Freestyle and finished the test with great ease without any mistake. Gal said afterwards: “As long as he feels and behaves this way, there is no reason not to train or not to compete. He will tell me when it’s over, which is not now yet! He feels like the king, being the only horse I ride here and in full attention of me and my groom Vanessa.” To continue laughing: “Well, for WEG Normandy it’s always good to have another horse behind, apart from Glock’s Undercover and Glock’s Voice.”
Stablemates and partner Hans Peter Minderhoud rode another Jazz-son, twelve year old KWPN-approved Johnson, to the runner up position.
For the only short period that the much used and busy stallion is competing at this level, the difficulties shown in piaffe, passage and transitions were impressive. Sometimes the stallion could have showed more relaxation, although this little tension also marked its speciality and more possibilities to come.
Hans Peter Minderhoud also took the Grand Prix Special win with Oldenburg stallion Glock’s Romanov. The pair was runnere up in Grand Prix.
Drachten saw some debuts: it was the debut of the new international GP-tests with qualifier 2 for piaffe. Monique Peutz-Vegter debuted internationally as a judge. She was very happy with the possibility so near her home and the atmosphere amongst judges-colleagues. From winner Glock’s Romanov she said: “Romanov made a very good appearance. His foreleg and front is really impressive! Highlights in the test were for instance the beautiful half passes in trot and the walk.”