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GAL Edward
Sport Dressage
NOC Netherlands   
GenderMale
Born04 Mar 1970 in Rheden, NED
Height1.82 m
Human Interest
Last Update
  30 Aug 2018
Further Personal Information
Residence Oosterbeek, NED
Occupation Athlete, Coach, Horse Trainer
Languages Dutch, English
Higher education Economics
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He was not from an equestrian family and learned to ride at age 14 in the Netherlands. He decided to focus on an equestrian career when he was in his early twenties.
Why this sport? Riding is the only thing he ever wanted to do. He took up dressage when the pony he got at age 17 did not want to jump any more. "When I started riding I had no ambition to become a world champion. I entered that world because I love horses and wanted to live among them. I don't think you can be a good rider if you don't love horses. You live with horses seven days a week and 24 hours a day. It's not a job, it's a passion."
Name of coach Nicole Werner [personal], NED
International Debut
Year 2000
Competing for Netherlands
Location Netherlands
General Interest
Nicknames Eddie (horseandhound.co.uk, 11 Mar 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning the Dutch national dressage championships with his horse Totilas after having ridden a grand prix test only three times. (thehorseridersjournal.com, 06 Sep 2016)
Injuries He was forced to withdraw from the 2016 World Cup event in Den Bosch, Netherlands, after injuring his wrist and his back in a fall during training. (horseandhound.co.uk, 11 Mar 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He wears an orange watch, orange boxer shorts, an orange belt and a gold guardian angel pin in the dressage arena. (thehorseridersjournal.com, 06 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto "I identify myself with the horse. I improvise and adapt to the horse. The horse is not capable of changing itself to suit me, but I can align myself to it. I try to do what's best for the horse. I never attempt to change a horse's character." (thehorseridersjournal.com, 06 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours He was named the 2010 Athlete of the Year by the International Equestrian Federation [FEI]. (eurodressage.com, 11 Jun 2010)

He was named 2010 Sportsman of the Year in Gelderland province, Netherlands. (gelderlander.nl, 07 Dec 2010)

In 2009 and 2010 he was named Dutch Horse Rider of the Year. (dehoefslag.nl, 22 Feb 2011; horses.nl, 08 Feb 2010)
Famous relatives His partner Hans Peter Minderhoud is also a professional dressage rider and won a silver medal in the team event at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (Hans Peter Minderhoud Facebook profile, 25 Jul 2018; fei.org, 06 Jul 2018; trouw.nl, 21 Jul 2012)
Ambitions To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (trouw.nl, 12 Mar 2018)
Other information HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENT
He and his horse Totilas became the first partnership to claim three gold medals at a single World Equestrian Games [WEG] by achieving a sweep at the 2010 Games in Lexington, KY, United States of America. (archive.is, 12 Jan 2013; fei.org, 02 Oct 2010)

STABLES
Together with his business partner Nicole Werner, he established Dressuurstal Werner/Gal in the Netherlands in 1996. He trains horses and coaches riders, while she manages the stables, plans clinics and competitions and coaches in the afternoons. Since 2012 the pair, along with Gal's life partner Hans Peter Minderhoud, have competed and trained dressage horses for the Glock Horse Performance Centre in Austria. (ghpc.nl, 28 Jul 2018; edwardgal.nl, 24 Mar 2014)

Major Results
Olympic Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2012 OG-D London (GBR) GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER 9 3
World Equestrian Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2010 6th WEG FS Lexington KY (USA) TOTILAS 1  
2010 6th WEG Lexington KY (USA) TOTILAS 1 1
2006 5th WEG Aachen (GER) LINGH 11 2
2006 5th WEG FS Aachen (GER) GELDNET LINGH 12  
Continental Championships and Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2013 CH-EU FS Herning (DEN) GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER 4  
2013 CH-EU Herning (DEN) GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER 4 2
2011 CH-EU Rotterdam (NED) SISTHER DE JEU 18 3
2009 CH-EU FS Windsor (GBR) TOTILAS 1  
2009 CH-EU Windsor (GBR) TOTILAS 2 1
2005 CH-EU Hagen (GER) Geldnet Lingh 4 2
2003 CH-EU Hickstead (GBR) Gestion Lingh 29  
World Cup Final
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2014 CDI-W Final Lyon (FRA) GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER 3  
2013 CDI-W Final Göteborg (SWE) GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER 3  
2011 CDI-W Final Leipzig (GER) SISTHER DE JEU 4  
2010 CDI-W Final 's-Hertogenbosch (NED) TOTILAS 1  
2007 CDI-W Final Las Vegas NV (USA) I.P.S. GRIBALDI 11  
2006 CDI-W Final Amsterdam (NED) G4S LINGH 4  
2005 CDI-W Final Las Vegas NV (USA) GELDNET LINGH 2  
2004 CDI-W Final Düsseldorf (GER) GELDNET LINGH 2  

Current Results
Date Venue Competition Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
18.06.2014 to 22.06.2014 CDI3* Rotterdam (NED) GP - Grand Prix GLOCK'S VOICE 1  
18.06.2014 to 22.06.2014 CDI3* Rotterdam (NED) GPS - Grand Prix Special GLOCK'S VOICE 1  
18.06.2014 to 22.06.2014 CDIO5* Rotterdam (NED) GP - Grand Prix GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 2 1
18.06.2014 to 22.06.2014 CDIO5* Rotterdam (NED) GP FS - Grand Prix Freestyle to Music GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 2 1
06.06.2014 to 09.06.2014 CDI3* Arnhem (NED) GP - Grand Prix GLOCK'S VOICE 2  
06.06.2014 to 09.06.2014 CDI3* Arnhem (NED) GP FS - Grand Prix Freestyle to Music GLOCK'S VOICE 3  
15.05.2014 to 18.05.2014 CDI4* Villach, Treffen (AUT) GP - Grand Prix GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 1  
15.05.2014 to 18.05.2014 CDI4* Villach, Treffen (AUT) GP FS - Grand Prix Freestyle to Music GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 1  
17.04.2014 to 21.04.2014 CDI-W Final Lyon (FRA) GP - Grand Prix GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 3  
17.04.2014 to 21.04.2014 CDI-W Final Lyon (FRA) GP FS - Grand Prix Freestyle to Music GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 3  
25.03.2014 to 30.03.2014 CDI4* Barcelona (ESP) GP FS - Grand Prix Freestyle to Music INTERFLOOR NEXT ONE 1  
25.03.2014 to 30.03.2014 CDI4* Barcelona (ESP) GP - Grand Prix INTERFLOOR NEXT ONE 1  
20.03.2014 to 23.03.2014 CDI-W 's-Hertogenbosch (NED) GP - Grand Prix GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 1  
20.03.2014 to 23.03.2014 CDI-W 's-Hertogenbosch (NED) GP FS - Grand Prix Freestyle to Music GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 1  
24.01.2014 to 26.01.2014 CDI-W Amsterdam (NED) GP - Grand Prix GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 2  
24.01.2014 to 26.01.2014 CDI-W Amsterdam (NED) GP FS - Grand Prix Freestyle to Music GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 2  
03.01.2014 to 05.01.2014 CDI3* Drachten (NED) INTERFLOOR PRIJS INTERFLOOR NEXT ONE 1  
16.12.2013 to 23.12.2013 CDI-W London Olympia (GBR) GP FS - Grand Prix Freestyle to Music GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 2  
16.12.2013 to 23.12.2013 CDI-W London Olympia (GBR) GP - Grand Prix GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 2  
29.11.2013 to 01.12.2013 CDI-W Stockholm (SWE) Grand Prix Freestyle to Music GLOCK'S VOICE 2  
29.11.2013 to 01.12.2013 CDI-W Stockholm (SWE) Grand Prix GLOCK'S VOICE 3  
16.10.2013 to 20.10.2013 CDI-W Odense (DEN) REEM ACRA FEI WORLD CUP ™ DRESSAGE GLOCK'S VOICE WD  
19.08.2013 to 25.08.2013 CH-EU-D Herning (DEN) Grand Prix GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 3 2
19.08.2013 to 25.08.2013 CH-EU-D Herning (DEN) Grand Prix Freestyle GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 4 2
19.08.2013 to 25.08.2013 CH-EU-D Herning (DEN) Grand Prix Special GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 4 2
19.08.2013 to 25.08.2013 CH-EU-D Herning (DEN) Final Classification GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 4 2
19.06.2013 to 23.06.2013 CDI3* Rotterdam (NED) Grand Prix Special GLOCK'S VOICE 1  
19.06.2013 to 23.06.2013 CDI3* Rotterdam (NED) Grand-Prix GLOCK'S VOICE 1  
19.06.2013 to 23.06.2013 CDIO5* Rotterdam (NED) Grand Prix GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 2 2
19.06.2013 to 23.06.2013 CDIO5* Rotterdam (NED) Grand Prix Freestyle to Music GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 2 2
29.05.2013 to 02.06.2013 CDI3* Arnhem (NED) Ing. Gaston Glock Prijs GLOCK'S VOICE 1  
24.05.2013 to 26.05.2013 CDI3* Roosendaal (NED) GP FS - Grand Prix Freestyle to Music GLOCK'S VOICE 1  
24.05.2013 to 26.05.2013 CDI3* Roosendaal (NED) GP - Grand Prix GLOCK'S VOICE 1  
16.05.2013 to 19.05.2013 CDI4* Villach, Treffen (AUT) GP - Grand Prix GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 1  
16.05.2013 to 19.05.2013 CDI4* Villach, Treffen (AUT) GP FS - Grand Prix Freestyle to Music GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 1  
24.04.2013 to 28.04.2013 CDI-W Final Göteborg (SWE) Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 2  
24.04.2013 to 28.04.2013 CDI-W Final Göteborg (SWE) Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 3  
14.03.2013 to 17.03.2013 CDI4* 's-Hertogenbosch (NED) Rabobank Prijs INTERFLOOR NEXT ONE 1  
14.03.2013 to 17.03.2013 CDI4* 's-Hertogenbosch (NED) Brabanthallen Prijs INTERFLOOR NEXT ONE 1  
14.03.2013 to 17.03.2013 CDI-W 's-Hertogenbosch (NED) Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 2  
23.01.2013 to 27.01.2013 CDI5* West Palm Beach FL (USA) FEI Grand Prix O CDI5* USEF HP GAIG/USDF Qualify INTERFLOOR NEXT ONE RET  
18.01.2013 to 20.01.2013 CDI-W Amsterdam (NED) Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage GLOCK'S ROMANOV 3  
18.01.2013 to 20.01.2013 CDI-W Amsterdam (NED) Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage GLOCK'S ROMANOV 5  
04.01.2013 to 06.01.2013 CDI3* Drachten (NED) Int I FS - Intermediate I Freestyle to Music ASTHER DE JEU 1  
04.01.2013 to 06.01.2013 CDI3* Drachten (NED) GP - Grand Prix GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 1  
04.01.2013 to 06.01.2013 CDI3* Drachten (NED) GPS - Grand Prix Special GLOCK'S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. 1  
04.01.2013 to 06.01.2013 CDI3* Drachten (NED) GP FS - Grand Prix Freestyle to Music INTERFLOOR NEXT ONE 1  
04.01.2013 to 06.01.2013 CDI3* Drachten (NED) GP - Grand Prix INTERFLOOR NEXT ONE 2  
04.01.2013 to 06.01.2013 CDI3* Drachten (NED) PSG - Prix St-Georges ASTHER DE JEU 4  
Abbreviation Meaning
DNF Did Not Finish
DNS Did Not Start
DNQ Did Not Qualify
DSQ Disqualified
FNR Finished No Rank
RET Retired
WDW Withdrawal






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