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.