Hans Peter Minderhoud, leverede en sensationel flot præstation sammen med Glock’s Flirt, og vandt derved den niende og sidste kvalifikationsrunde ved FEI World Cup i dressur 2016/2017, i den Vesteuropæiske liga. Stævnet fandt sted på Hans Peter Minderhouds hjemmebane i ’s-Hertogenbosch i Holland.

Ved stævnet præsenterede ekvipagen et funklende nyt freestyle-program, hvilket betød at de langt om længe sejrede over Tysklands Isabell Werth, som ellers har formået, at være uovervindelig i hendes fem tidligere deltagelser i World Cup kvalifikationerne i 2016/2017. Til stævnet i Holland, måtte Werth dog se sig slået, og hun endte derved på en anden plads sammen med hesten Emilio.

Den tyske Jessica von Bredow-Werndl og hesten Zaire-E, formåede at ride en flot runde, som sikrede ekvipagen tredje pladsen. Ekvipagen fik en score på 80.165. 

Best freestyle ever
Von Bredow-Werndl’s (31) inspired ride, showing lightness, elegance and great connectivity, put a score of 80.165 on the board with just three more of the 15 starters left to go. But when Werth (47) posted 83.300 despite two mistakes from her Gothenburg winner Emilio, it seemed she just might make it a magnificent six successes from six starts this season.

Second-last into the arena, Ireland’s Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K had an unsettled start to finish sixth in the final analysis. But, last to go, Minderhoud (43) and Glock’s Flirt just seemed to be in their element as clean, soft movements and the easiest of transitions earned the winning mark of 84.890.

The knowledgeable crowd in the Brabanthalle at ’s-Hertogenbosch recognised the winning ride, giving the Dutch pair a standing ovation even before the score was announced. “This was my highest ever Freestyle mark, and my best test ever too!” said the delighted Dutchman who posted 82.357 to claim the 2016 FEI World Cup™ Dressage title in Gothenburg (SWE) 12 months ago. This new floorplan was specifically designed for Flirt, “and I was waiting all day to show it off!” the double-Olympian said.

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