The Royal Windsor Horse Show in Windsor Castle Garden had its anniversary edition. Prince Philip, who passed away on April 9 last year and staged the event like the Queen, had a special memorial booth. Prince Philip himself was a valuable chariot driver and was highly respected.
Glenn Geerts returned to Oostmalle on Monday evening with five KWPN horses. The whole trip was a farce. In fact, Windsor is only 450 kilometers by car, which normally takes six hours.” “But due to Brexit, we are now 16 hours on the road. It is not a good idea for the horses to stand on the truck for a long time. You can’t let them out like a dog.”
Wait and wait again
The team had to wait three hours for the boat, because the boats transporting horses between Belgium and England are much smaller than in the past. “Customs, waiting for the vet to check all the chips, an abnormal amount of paperwork with a heavy bill attached: Prince Edward himself said Friday during a meeting with all the drivers that he appreciated our efforts. He appreciated our efforts. He came to chat with his wife Sophie and daughter Lady Louise, He knows it’s no longer obvious to come since Brexit. Usually Queen Elizabeth comes to greet the participants. But she was alone this time on Sunday. I have to say Prince Edward and his family weren’t that bad. It’s as if you were ‘next door’ “For acquaintances. These members of the royal family are very kind and friendly people. It is comforting to see Prince Edward now taking over the duties of his late father. It seems that the survival of this unique competition is assured. Incidentally, Mrs. Louise led her grandfather’s team.”
The results showed that his horses did not suffer from the long, painful transportation. Glenn Gerts says he may have participated in the best races of his career. Individually, he only had to let five-time world champion Boyd Exel, an Australian based in the Netherlands, take the lead in the final standings. Due to the high scores of Girts, the Belgian team, in addition to Malinar, also made up of Dries Dejric and Tom Stockmanns, won the gold.
“On Thursday we had our five horses trot – each team of four can bring a spare horse – by hand for the inspection. Friday was the dressage, Saturday was the marathon and Sunday the skittles.”
2nd place in the world ranking
Due to his outstanding performance, quad driver Glenn Girts took second place in the world rankings. And that’s to someone from Kempen, still a member of Het Aanspanning Paard Zandhoven, who tasted it because his grandfather used to drive as a hobby. He now sports professionally, but Geerts’ budgets cannot be compared to those of other world stars such as Dutchman IJsbrand Chardon or Australian Boyd Exell. Incidentally, Belgium did well at Windsor. Our compatriot Gregory Wathelet won the grand prize in the vaulting competition, which earned him €125,000.
The prize money for driving is much less. “If I deduct my costs from my prize money, I can talk about a zero process,” Glenn says. “But I’m certainly not complaining. It was the Grand Cru edition. Not only for the best results, but the weather was also unusually British. We could ride our short-sleeved polo shirt. There was nothing Corona. The weather was great.”
British youth leadership training
Glenn Girts was asked if he would like to coach British youth, including the daughter of Prince Edward. He has also coached the Swedish youth team for four years now. “I absolutely love it,” says de Malinar, who was also giving in-house coaching sessions on Tuesday.
Tom Cruise did not meet Glenn Geerts in the park of Windsor Castle. However, it could have been, because the Hollywood star visited the event. He happened to be in England to promote his new movie, and on Sunday gave an excerpt from the show to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th anniversary as Queen of the United Kingdom.