In a surprising press conference held in Austria February 2, 2012, at the Glock Horse Performance Centre, announcing that the successful Dutch team riders Gal, Minderhoud and their trainer Werner will spend every year at least 4 months in Austria. The red line throughout their comment was that they finally found the way to buy, train and keep good horses. Not very surprising after Gal's history with both Lingh and Totilas, not owned and kept by himself. Marcel Schoenmakers introduced Gal, Minderhoud and Werner to the Glock family after Gal provided a training clinic in Austriain November last year. For Gal possibilities to talk about a partnership were within reach as Gaston Glock respected the partnership of the three Gal, Werner and Minderhoud. "We are a winning team and we don't want to change that", Gal said.
The new partnership has to be inspiring for both Austria and The Netherlands. As the Dutch trio will spend their time in Austria for about four months in the year, Austria will be able to build up more dressage knowledge and performances. As Gal, Minderhoud and Werner will be able to select their horses to train with and keep them, they have the hope their work will be followed by medals. "I want to be number 1 again", Edward said with a smile.
On the question if they might be riding for Austria in the future the answer was "No we will keep riding for Holland". Marcel Schoenmaker who introduced Gal to the Gloch family however is considering to make the nationality switch.
The Glock Horse Performance Center is one ofAustria's most modern equestrian centres. For self-confessed horse fanatic Gaston Glock, the planning and building of this exceptional place is a dream come true. With the GHPC, Gaston Glock wanted to create a generous, high-class environment for the horses and riders that participate in national and international equestrian sports. The Center, located in the southernmost part of Austria, offers unique possibilities for events of this sort. In addition to luxurious boxes, two air-conditioned and heatable riding schools and a generously dimensioned indoor dressage rink, fans of equestrian sports will also find large outdoor rinks for dressage, show-jumping and tournaments that are a cut above the rest. His wife Kathrin Glock is the manager of the center, Marcel Schoenmakers the rider. The Glock pair is looking forward to have a Dutch Glock Horse Performance Center ready at the latter half of 2012 somewhere in horse country The Netherlands.