Cornelissen Adelinde (NED) - Jerich Parzival. FEI Nations Cup Dressage presented by Scanvik. CHIO Rotterdam 2014. © Dirk Caremans
I didn’t want to do both the World Cup and the World Championships - it’s just too much - and you have to be in top shape so I decided to leave out the World Cup this time and put my concentration on the Games” said the rider who, with the now 17-year-old chestnut gelding, has accumulated European and Olympic medals along with a double of Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage series titles. Last year Parzival was diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia but bounced back after surgery and today Cornelissen said “he feels great, and in the paddock he behaves more like a 7-year-old than 17!” A great day Last to go for the Dutch was Edward Gal with the 13-yearold stallion Glock’s Undercover who posted 80.780 to underpin a great day for the host nation.
The Danish team finished second despite having no drop score as they, like the Americans, had only three team-members. Mikala Munter Gundersen provided the best Danish result with a mark of 71.800 for My Lady which slotted them into sixth place, but it was Sweden’s Minna Telde and Santana who came closest to the Dutch contingent when posting 73.040 to line up fifth individually. The 2013 pilot series champions from The Netherlands have now forged well ahead on the FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage 2014 leaderboard. Winners at the second leg in Vidauban, France in February they carry 30 points into the fourth leg at Kristiansand in Norway next week, trailed by Sweden in second place carrying 18 points and the USA and Belgium tied in third spot with 15 points apiece. Two further legs remain after next week’s fixture, at Aachen (GER) and Hickstead (GBR) in July before the series concludes.
Issue 19 SPORTING HORSE
Published on Jul 15, 2014