Edward Gal's Trafalgar Sold to Canada

Fri, 11/17/2023 - 19:03
Marieke van der Putten and Trafalgar winning the 2017 KWPN Stallion Competition Finals in Den Bosch :: Photo © Dirk Caremans

Trafalgar, the 11-year old Brandenburg bred stallion owned by Edward Gal, has been sold to Canada. The horse is a Grand Prix hopeful for Naima Moreira-Laliberté.

Trafalgar is by Totilas out of Paola (by Lord Loxley x Sandro Hit x Brentano II). He is bred by the Brandenburg State Stud in Neustadt/Dosse. He sold as a foal to Totilas' former owners, Kees and Tosca Visser, and Edward Gal purchased the colt from them as a yearling. 

Licensed Stallion

Trafalgar was first licensed at the 2015 KWPN Stallion Licensing in 's Hertogenbosch and a month later approved for Oldenburg in March 2015 as a 3-year old.

Although Gal is listed as the owner of the stallion in the database of the German equestrian Federation, the stallion received the prefix "Glock" from Gal's sponsor and stable owner, Gaston Glock.

The stallion did his 50-day stallion performance test in Ermelo in the autumn of 2015 and scored a total of 82 points. He was the fourth best scoring stallion in the group. Daily Diamond won, Total U.S. was second. 

In the summer of 2017 Trafalgar had to present his first crop of foals at the KWPN Horse Days in August. He had sired 17 fillies and 9 colts registered with KWPN that year. Due to a 'misunderstanding' the foal collection did not show up. Seven foals were, in the end, assessed by the KWPN foal inspection committee in September 2017 and the stallion retained his licensed status.

With Sanavio at the 2018 KWPN Stallion competition
qualifier in Kronenberg
So far Trafalgar has one licensed son (This is Naqueen) with KWPN and one (Try Noqueen) with NRPS. His most successful offspring in sport, so far, is Dinja van Liere's 2021 WCYH ride Leonidas.

Sport Career

Trafalgar was shown lightly as a young stallion, first in the 2016-2017 KWPN Stallion Competition by Marieke van der Putten, who won the final with him in February 2017.

In the spring of 2017 Riccardo Sanavio took over the ride but stranded in the 2017 Pavo Cup semi-finals. In the summer of 2018 the pair placed fifth in the Pavo Cup Finals. Sanavio also showed him in the first few qualifiers of the 2018-2019 KWPN Stallion Competition.  In February 2019 Trafalgar was supposed to appear in the big Totilas celebration at the KWPN Stallion Licensing but was withdrawn because he was not fit.  Later that year Hans Peter Minderhoud rode him in public and in 2020 Ingrid Ockhuisen presented him in the KWPN stallion show.

Since then Trafalgar has been produced to Grand Prix level at home.

Sold to Canada

Ingrid Ockhuisen and Trafalgar in 2020
The black stallion sold last summer to Canadian Olympian Naima Moreira Laliberté. 

He moved to Naima's trainer, Jordi Domingo Coll, in Spain, but will join Naima at her farm in Wellington, Florida this winter. 

"The plan is to continue training him towards the Grand Prix, and eventually give him some show experience as he has never done a test other than some stallion shows," Naima told Eurodressage. "I am excited to embark on this journey."

Photos © Dirk Caremans - Leanjo de Koster

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