19 Jun 2014
DUTCH DOMINATE AT ROTTERDAM AS CORNELISSEN AND PARZIVAL SHOW SPARKLING FORM By Louise Parkes
utch riders had it all their own way when coming out on top by a significant margin at the third round of the FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage 2014 pilot series on home ground in Rotterdam (NED) today.
This leg attracted teams from seven nations, with many fielding developing sides, but The Netherlands’ Chef d’Equipe, Wim Ernes, sent out the foursome that may possibly represent their country at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy, France later in the summer and they left the rest trailing in their wake when clinching a decisive victory. Underlining their absolute domination, the Dutch also filled the four top individual placings at the end of the competition, and the hugely popular partnership of Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival marked their long-awaited return to the top end of the sport when producing the biggest score of the day. “I’m very happy” said Cornelissen afterwards. “For the last few months I’ve been trying to change our technique, and it takes time....but I feel it’s coming together at last and we are on our way!” she added. Denmark finished second, almost a full ten points behind, but the remaining teams were more closely bunched together, Sweden filling third place ahead of Great Britain in fourth, Belgium in fifth, France in sixth and the USA in seventh and last place. Closely observed Ernes made no secret of the fact that his riders would be closely observed in Rotterdam with a view to selection for Normandy, and they certainly impressed. Hans Peter Minderhoud led the way for his side this morning with the 12-year-old stallion Glock’s Johnson and posted 76.680 to get them off to a strong start. 108
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However that would prove the discard when the top three scores per team were taken into account in the final analysis. Next to go for the host nation was Danielle Heijkoop with Kingsley Siro, and the talented 27-year-old and her 15-year-old stallion showed exactly why they have become top-team material over the last 12 months when bettering Minderhoud’s mark by 0.28 percentage points. Then Cornelissen and Parzival took their turn, putting the result beyond doubt even before the final Dutch duo entered the arena. For Cornelissen right now it’s all about change. “For the last few months I’ve been trying to change our technique, but it takes time. I’m trying to apply some new stuff ” she explained after putting a very satisfactory mark of 81.480 on the board for her efforts. She didn’t compete with Parzival over the winter months, preferring instead to concentrate on training. Came back “We came back out at Arnhem (NED) two weeks ago and there were too many mistakes. Communications-wise it’s all a bit different and in competition we fall back into our old routine, there were miscommunications and I knew we had to solve that, but it is a week already since then and I feel it’s coming together at last and we are on our way!” she explained. Prior to that outing in Arnhem the pair had not competed for nine months. “The last time we were out was in Vienna (AUT) last September and since then we have just been training and training. I wanted to change some stuff and if you do competitions it’s not possible.