WEG Dressage Freestyle Close-Ups

If you were lucky enough to attend the World Equestrian Games dressage freestyle last night then you’re aware that it was a sold out house and that we were treated to quite a show with the top dressage riders in the world all in one place including Edward Gal and Steffen Peters. The showman of the evening (and crowd favorite), however, was certainly Juan Munoz Diaz with his Fuego XI. They were spectacular from start to finish and looked as if they were enjoying the ride as much as we were.

Did you see his arm at his side below? Like I said, showmanship! Juan ended up 4th and just out of the medals much to the crowd’s dismay and so they met his score with resounding boos. I know I’ll be looking forward to seeing him perform again sometime soon. He’s officially on the eventing radar map!

There were no boos, however, when Edward Gal took the gold for his ride with Totilas. Their partnership, superior talent and skill, and out of this world movement seem like they’re from another planet (and seem unbeatable). To sweeten the deal Edward (who spoke after his win) came across every bit as thoughtful, kind, and down-to-earth as everyone says. Maybe we can get him into eventing? He’d fit right in.

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8 comments on “WEG Dressage Freestyle Close-Ups
  1. erika says:

    this is so beutiful

    • cjscanlan says:

      Toto’s performance did not deserve the scores the pair received.
      Beautiful pair but had two very big mistakes. Fuego deserved a better score, brilliantly performed freestyle.

  2. Marci says:

    Bravo Espana. Were we viewing prejudice from Mexico. I am from Mexico and I am embarrassed by the scores given this brilliant pair by someone from my country. Was she watching??

  3. Linda says:

    Spain’s (Fuego and Juan’s) performance was truly the BEST of the evening – totally electric and rivoting! The crowd absolutely loved this pair – fabulous performance!!

  4. c says:

    I enjoyed all the top horses and riders at this event – it was spectacular to be there. After being there for ALL the dressage performances, I have to say that from the stands we don’t see everything the judges see! All the top riders and horses were fabulous! I did especially like the top three, plus Spain’s Fuego and Juan and also a Swiss horse and rider pair that performed quite early in the competition and were fantastic! Wish that they could all take medals home!

  5. kimberly says:

    Hi you don’t know me but I was looking at pics and your horse and you really stood out.
    Great picture!

    Kimberly in Scottsdale, AZ

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