Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2011/2012 - Round 7 - Cornelissen and Parzival Do the Double in Amsterdam

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Written by Louise Parkes
Defending series champions, Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival (NED), scored a back-to-back double when winning today’s seventh leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ (Photo: FEI/DigiShots)
Defending series champions, Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival (NED), scored a back-to-back double when winning today’s seventh leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ (Photo: FEI/DigiShots)

Adelinde Cornelissen and the 15 year old Jerich Parzival stamped their authority all over the seventh leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2011/2012 Western European League on home turf in Amsterdam, The Netherlands this afternoon.  With a display of supreme confidence, the defending champions threw down the highest score of the season so far to make it a back-to-back double following their victory in Mechelen, Belgium last month. But with the maximum 20 points going to the second-place rider, as the previous year’s winners do not collect points during the following season, there was a tremendous battle for the minor placings. And it was Helen Langehanenberg who came off best in a tussle with German counterpart Isabell Werth who had to settle for third place despite one of the most exciting performances of the day.

Leaderboard
Today’s result has moved Langehanenberg into third on the series leaderboard with just two qualifying rounds left to go. And there is a new leader, as Italy’s Valentina Truppa, who finished fifth this afternoon, has ousted Sweden’s Patrik Kittel from the top of the table.

Cornelissen and Parzival also won yesterday’s preliminary Grand Prix which attracted 22 starters. But the Dutch duo’s winning score of 80.936 paled into insignificance compared to today’s 87.050 in the Freestyle to Music. The 15-strong star-studded field really raised their game to present an afternoon of high-quality competition, but none could match the class of Cornelissen and her mighty chestnut gelding.

Keen Battle
There is a keen battle amongst the German contingent for a starting spot at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final which will take place in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands next April. And Nadine Capellmann did her chances no harm with a lovely test that led the way at the halfway stage today. She left the considerably more-experienced Elvis at home in Aachen, and instead brought out her 11 year old Gribaldi mare, Girasol 7, who produced some lovely work throughout a calm, quiet and happy test that was full of lightness and life to earn a mark of 76.200.

That remained the target score until Truppa, winner at the fifth leg of the Western European League in Frankfurt (GER) in December and at Lipica (SLO) earlier last year, swept into the lead when Ground Jury members Stephen Clarke (GBR), Susie Hoevenaars (AUS), Wim Ernes (NED), Mariette Sanders van Gansewinkel (NED) and Jacques van Daele (BEL) awarded 76.775 for her test with Eremo del Castegno. But then Dutch star, Edward Gal, really pleased the home crowd with a dramatic performance from the 13 year old mare Sisther de Jeu whose extravagant extended trot and big piaffe helped put 79.875 on the board.

Swaggered
Their lead wouldn’t last long, as Cornelissen and Parzival swaggered down the centre line to take command in no uncertain fashion. Cornelissen insists she can never be sure she can win when she goes into the ring, but admitted this afternoon that Parzival “just keeps getting better and better and better!  He continues to amaze me, he still gets better every day” she said - alarming news for her opponents ahead of this big Olympic summer. Isabell Werth refused to be intimidated by the Dutch rider’s score however, and set off with gusto to produce a spectacular test from El Santo NRW. The bay gelding powered through extended trot, passage and canter pirouette, and Werth’s enormous smile after saluting the judges said it all - 81.625 would definitely ensure she would finish in the frame.

But with those tantalising 20 points still up for grabs, it was Langehanenberg who came closest to Cornelissen’s score as, second-last to go, the 12 year old stallion, Damon Hill NRW, showed his class to put 83.150 on the scoreboard.  “The feeling today was really good - even better than yesterday” Langehanenberg said afterwards. “My horse loves to perform in the arena and he really fought for me and I loved it!” said the rider who plans one more Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage outing - at Neumunster, Germany next month - before the the Final.

Delighted
Third-placed Werth was delighted too. “I really enjoyed the ride” she said. “We had a few little mistakes, but the piaffe improved, although it can be better still.  He (El Santo) becomes more and more powerful and is growing in confidence” she added. She is also planning to compete in Neumunster, but is unsure whether she will take El Santo or the veteran, Warum Nicht, to the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final. Thinking ahead to the summer’s Olympic Games and which horse she will compete in London she said, “I’m in a comfortable position - I am focusing on improving the two younger horses right now - we will see”.

Cornelissen talked about her test today - “I can’t say he did bad - can I?” she quipped. “He was a bit spooky in one corner, but you can make your own programme and avoid it. Of course there are things that can go better, but so far I am satisfied” she explained.  She is working on a new Freestyle, but is not sure when she will ride it in public for the first time.

Perspective
Today’s Judge at C, Wim Ernes from The Netherlands, put the competition into perspective during the post-competition press conference. “I’m still excited!” he said. “As judges we had the opportunity to judge riders of such quality - Adelinde’s test has the high degree of difficulty, Helen’s is filled with elegance and her stallion has such super gaits, Isabell put on a super riding performance - I’m really pleased you went to the limit and tried to beat the other ones - you went over the limit really, but that’s what sport is!” he said to Werth.

He commented on the early departure of Sweden’s Minna Telde and the stallion, Santana, who retired when the horse became upset during his test. “I’m very sad for her” Mr Ernes said. “We have to ring the bell after 20 seconds, she had several times of resistance and we tried to give her time to recover. The horse has only one eye, and I think he heard or saw something. We were ready to ring the bell but she withdrew at the same moment - at the end she couldn’t go on”.  He understood that Parzival also found something in the arena that he didn’t particularly like - Cornelissen said it was “on the short side, at A” and that a number of horses got tense at that part of the arena but that she has learned to ride him through these situations. “We’re not searching for mistakes” Wim Ernes pointed out, “we try to see the good things!”.

There were plenty of good things to see in the RAI Arena at Amsterdam today, but Cornelissen’s performance was the best of all. The Dutch rider, whose boyfriend and manager Sjaak van der Lei held onto Parzival as she accepted her prize today from Lelle Henrichsen, Reem Acra Vice President, says that her challenge now is to find the right balance of competition and rest for her super-star over the coming months. “I may take him to Gothenburg to give him one more run before the Final in April - I’m considering all the options” she said, “but the Final is very important.  First of all it’s in Holland, and secondly I won last year so I feel I have to compete and defend my title”.

She and her chestnut bundle of abundant energy will certainly be the ones to beat.

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Nora Grassmyer, Mibis, Barbara Grassmyer, and Bob Grassmyer. (Photo: (c) Lindsay Y. McCall) El Dorado Hills, CA - On December 19, 2014, the Dressage Community lost friend, volunteer, and parent Nora Grassmyer after a three year battle with bladder cancer. Nora was heavily involved with the Dressage and Para-Dressage disciplines both internationally and at the national level. She was also a longtime volunteer at the California Dressage shows managed by Connie Davenport. Nora was a driving force behind her daughter and Paralympian Barbara Grassmyer. She was there at every moment for Barbara including when Barbara served as an alternate for the U.S. Paralympic Team in 2000, competing in Sydney, Australia; in 2001 and 2002 when Barbara was the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion;...
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 07:30
Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani rode to the high score of 78.382% during the Polar Express Show at White Fences. Wellington, FL - Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani shined Saturday afternoon during the Polar Express show held at the White Fences Equestrian Center in Loxahatchee, Florida. The talented duo rode to the score of 78.382 percent for the FEI Para Team Grade II test during the national show, kick starting their season as they prepare for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in CPEDI3* in January 2015.Hart traveled to Florida in early December to work with Wellington-based international dressage trainer Todd Flettrich out of Cherry Knoll Farm, which is also a partial owner of Romani. Hart and Flettrich have worked consistently on warm-up and preparation with Romani after takin...
Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 18:41
Sydney Collier riding Willi Wesley (Photo: SusanjStickle.com) Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce Sydney Collier as the 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year. Seventeen-year-old Collier is a talented Para-Equestrian who competed at the international level in 2014, including the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., she was diagnosed at the age of seven with a rare congenital birth defect called Wyburn-Mason Syndrome. In spite of this challenge, Collier pursued her love of riding and has become a top equestrian athlete. A prime example of courage, sportsmanship, and dedication, Collier will be awarded the Ruth O'Keefe Meredith Memorial Trophy as the 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year. Having her biggest year to da...
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 07:53
Trainer Wes Dunham and WEG athletes Sydney Collier's mount Willi Wesley at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* horse inspection . (Photo: Lindsay McCall) Wellington, Florida - November 26, 2014 - Entries are now being accepted at www.equestrianentries.com through December 22, 2014, for the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes kick-off the show season with their their first international show of the year January 7-11, 2015, in Wellington, FL, in the Van Kampen covered arena. This show will include FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes in Grades Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV. Thursday, January 8, is the Horse inspection at approximately 5:30 PM. Friday, January 9, is the FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test, followed by Saturday's FEI P...
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