Glock Family secures London for Gerco Schroder…

Gerco and London in London for the 2012 Olympic Games
Gerco and London in London for the 2012 Olympic Games
Gerco and London in London for the 2012 Olympic Games

Gaston and Kathrin Glock have secured London for two-time Olympic silver medalist Gerco Schröder. After so much uncertainty and speculation over the last few days, the Glock Horse Performance Center in Austria has confirmed that London will remain with his jockey of over 6 years and the pair will be able to contest for the World Equestrian Games in Normandy this year. Gaston and Kathrin Glock are existing supporters of Dutch dressage sport, sponsoring Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud. Taking the opportunity to invest in such a horse for Team Netherlands, Team Glock has truly saved the day, securing London for Schröder, Team Netherlands, and the sport of showjumping in Holland.

“I am so incredibly happy – there really are no words to describe how I feel. That the Glock-family has bought London so we can stay together is the greatest gift ever” remarks Gerco.

“I knew they liked London but I didn’t know that this would happen. I knew they liked the horse and so I hoped that maybe with me as the team” admitted Gerco.”I did not know what would happen during the auction but this result is fantastic. I am so happy!”

“I had met Gaston and Kathrin Glock at the shows a few times” says Gerco today from his stables in Holland. “I’m now at our stables. London remains at the stables of Eurocommerce until the ownership is organized. When the ownership is organized he will then come to our stables. Our stables in only an hour away from Eurocommerce.”

“Our plan still needs to be made. He has not done so much over the last month so in the end he has had a nice rest. Now we can make a plan” says Gerco, clearly overjoyed that his amazing Olympic mount will remain with him and his team.

The total for all the lots came to €11,126,151, which is thought to slightly less than expected.

Other lots in the auction included top Dutch showjumpers, such as the Gerco Schroder-ridden New Orleans (€210,000), Callahan (€180,000) and Seoul (€307,500); Wout-Jan van der Schan’s Capetown (€187,000) and Sacramento (€38,000) and Albert Voorn’s Tobalio (€175,000).

Namelus R, the sire of Ben Maher’s Olympic ride Tripple X III, failed to sell.

The horses were also offered as a combined lot, but as no bidders came forward the horses will go to the individuals who offered the highest price

About Glock and Gaston Glock..

Gaston Glock (born July 19, 1929) is an Austrian engineer, and founder of the firearms company Glock. The well-regarded Glock “safe-action” pistol is used by security forces and law enforcement agencies in 48 countries around the world.

The Glock Horse Performance Center (GHPC) is one of Austria’s most modern equestrian facilities. For self-confessed horse fanatic Gaston Glock, the planning and building of this exceptional venue is a dream come true. His vision was to create a state-of-the-art environment for the riders and horses that participate in national and international equestrian sports.

A year ago, GHPC engaged the services of Olympic and World Champion Franke Sloothaak (GER). The famous German rider manages the GHPC show jumping team, providing training input and support for GLOCK riders Gerfried and Robert Puck and Dieter Köfler with his experience.

Source: Glock Horse Performance