Wednesday 05 April - 07h00 | Lulu Kyriacou
Edward Gal Rides Into Media Storm
Dutch dressage rider Edward Gal has ridden into a social media storm after TV footage from the FEI World Cup Dressage Finals appeared to show him riding in the warm-up in the over bent position known colloquially as "rolkur" which is banned under FEI rules.
A series of stills has been published that have so far gained almost 600 shares world wide and provoked thousands of comments in total. Glocks Voice is seen in the imamages to be in the hyperflexed position recently banned by the FEI on welfare grounds. No action apears to have been taken by the stewards. Gal has been a World Cup , European and World Champion with the great Moorlands Totilas and finished sixth in the World Cup on this occasion.
The imagery is disturbing because in all other aspects, Omaha was a great success. The dressage officials were astute enough to notice small amount of blood in the mouth of the New Zealand dressage horse Dejavu ridden by Wendi Williamson after her test was completed which led to her disqualification from the entire competition, despite her having scored high enough to compete in the Freestyle two days later. This is a retrospective action, taken legally by a tack steward, after her test was, as far as the judges knew knew, her test was satisfactorily completed. In view of these images, it must be asked why the way Gal's horse was ridden in the warm up was not commented upon at the time, or retrospectively when the original footage was aired.