Monday, June 22, 2009
The winner of the World Cup, Steffen Peters is already in Europe at Johann Hinnemann’s stables, with Ravel, the horse ridden by Gal before him. He even dashed over from Germany to Rotterdam to witness with his own eyes the horse the whole dressage world is speaking of.Photo:HM Queen Beatrix, mayor Aboutaleb and prime minister Balkenende witnessed the siege of Edward Gal and wonder of the world Moorlands Totilas, here congratulated by the board of CHIO Rotterdam Photo Credit: Dirk Caremans www.hippofoto.be
Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas were last to ride. Right from the start the spectators had been in a state of excitement, ready for it all to happen. When the Belgian Marc Peter Spahn rode his Frisian stallion Fryso Huys Cas, they already, very un-Dutch-like, clapped enthusiastically for his extended trot. It was as if it was Vegas!
Once the first applause had resonated, more followed. The Swedish Anette Christensen and her Dutch bred super moving Normandie rode to ballet music, amongst others the Nutcracker.
The British Fiona Bigwood had had songs by Shakira mixed and rode a test with highlights in the changes. The Danish Mikala Gundersen living in America is momentarily in Europe. She is aiming for the EC at Windsor and the WC in Lexington with her stallion Leonburg, and rode very harmoniously to an Elvis Presley medley.
Photo: Anky and IPS Salinero training for more dimensions at home Photo Credit: Diana Bloemendal www.imadia.nl
Imke Schellekens-Bartels took advantage of this straight away. To the emotional tones of Wibi Soerjadi she scored 81,800%, only just higher than Olympic champion Van Grunsven with IPS Salinero (81,400%). Star mare Sunrise was the champion of harmony, but the turning piaffe was a less well calculated risk. Imke herself came out of the ring with a lump in her throat. “I never thought this would ever happen to me. Anky in the Kür is not to be beaten, that’s what I always said. Now I’ve done it…”, she said. And that at a show where only a year ago she had tongue problems with Sunrise.
Photo:Totilas performs his exercises with just a fraction more ease than Sunrise and Salinero, said judge Wim Ernes Photo Credit: Dirk Caremans www.hippofoto.be
Edward himself was on cloud nine with Moorlands Totilas and would speak of his own mistakes only. “I shouldn’t have done them over again. I only confused Totilas with it”, he said. “Normally, I do an extended canter on the diagonal and Totilas already wanted to go and got confused by my other means. He still has so little experience in competition! But nothing is too difficult for him. And he loves to work every day. It’s a joy with him every day and I hope to be able to do this for a long time to come.”
Sander Marijnissen and Moedwil rode a test with a very relaxed aura. They were very happy with their fourth place (74,00%) for a subtle ridden test with a lot of looseness.
Aachen will be the next challenge for most of the riders. To be continued!