Top Dutch dressage rider Edward Gal announced today, Aug. 21, that he won’t compete Glock’s Undercover at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
“In the team training, [Undercover] still showed impressive form, yesterday morning, however, he moved awkwardly,” stated a release on the Glock Horse Performance website. “The vet diagnosed a problem in the cervical spine. Despite the fact that the physiotherapist was able to mobilize the vertebra, a slight inflammation is still causing pain for the gelding.”
“This must have happened after the team training in the paddock or in his box. It is something, which can be treated well by means of corresponding medication and will heal within more or less one week. In order to save him from pain and avoid risks, we have decided to have him now treated by the vet. ‘Fritsie’ will now stay at home in the Netherlands.”
Fritsie, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Ferro—Mimosavrouwe, Donnerhall) owned by GHPC Holding, and Gal most recently earned second in both the Grand Prix and Grand Prix freestyle at the Rotterdam CDIO***** (the Netherlands) with scores higher than 80 percent.
Gal will ride Glock’s Voice for the Dutch team.
Danielle Heijkoop has also had to withdraw Kingsley Siro NOP from the Dutch team for veterinary reasons. Diederik van Silfhout will replace her on Arlando NH NOP.