Edward Gal with Glock's Total US

Edward Gal won a remarkable 12th Dutch national dressage title with a victory riding the nine-year-old Hannoverian- and KWPN-approved stallion Glock’s Total US (Totilas x Sir Donnerhall, bred by Gestüt Lewitz/Paul Schockemöhle) in the Grand Prix Freestyle  (85,625%). Two other stallions completed the podium, 13-year-old Glock’s Dream Boy (Vivaldi x Ferro, bred by Tim Coomans) shown by Gal’s partner Hans Peter Minderhoud (81,610%), and nine-year-old KWPN-approved Hermès (Easy Game x Flemmingh, breeder G. Gijsbers) ridden by Dinja van Liere (81,025%).

On the first day of the NC Gal showed his two sons of Totilas, Total US and Toto Jr. in the Special, finishing first and second. His choice to ride the younger Totilas son to claim the Dutch title was even more special given that Dinja van Liere, who first rode Total US in competition, made her debut in this Dutch NC. 

Hans Peter Minderhoud chose to leave Glock's Zonik at home determining that he wasn't completely fit following his trip to Compiègne. He earlier rode Dream Boy on Dutch teams at the 2018 World Equestrian Games and for team silver at the 2019 European Championships, and also said Dream Boy would be his first choice for the Olympic Games. 
Meanwhile, Dinja van Liere relied on her second horse, the nine-year-old mare Haute Couture (Connaisseur x Krack C, bred by Joop van Uytert and A.J.C. Drost), who place sixth in the first heat of the GPS.
Dutch team coach Alex van Silfhout was delighted at seeing new young horses making such tremendous progress. The CDI Rotterdam in the beginning of July will be the second and final qualifier for the OG team that will comprise three riders and horses.  (CvA)