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In Lyon, France, Edward Gal with Interfloor Next One (Jazz out of Butopia keur pref prest by Le Mexico, breeder: B.J. Huirne of Beltrum) and Hans Peter Minderhoud with Withney van ‘t Genthof were bested by their German competition in the second World Cup dressage qualifier. In both the Grand Prix and the Freestyle, the win was for Herzruf’s Erbe with Ulla Salzgeber, while Isabell Werth placed second twice with Warum Nicht FRH. Minderhoud finished fifth in the Freestyle and seventh in the Grand Prix. Gal laid claim to sixth place in the Freestyle and fifth place in the Grand Prix.

“In the Grand Prix we had a few, actually too many, bobbles. For instance, Withney started jigging in the walk twice. We didn’t make any mistakes, but I can understand why my score was 69.404%. The Freestyle went better, and looking back, I think we did a good test. With a score of 74.100%, I’m sure I can still progress with Withney; on the other hand, I’m quite content for now,” according to Minderhoud. Gal was also content. “I’m very content with the Grand Prix, although our score could’ve been higher if Next One’s ones and the piaffes had been nicer. In the Freestyle, Next One didn’t make any mistakes, but he wasn’t quite relaxed. That came at the expense of a nice connection, which cost us points,” explained Gal.

After two competitions, Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén leads the standings, followed by Italy’s Valentina Truppa. Minderhoud is in third place, with Aat van Essen provisionally in seventh.

Source: KNHS Press Release

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