Adelinde Cornelissen & Parzival Capture Final World Cup West European Event

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FEI World Cup Dressage Qualifier Goteborg

GOTEBURG, Sweden, Feb. 27–Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival kept their cool under intense pressure to win the last qualifying leg of the 2009/2010 FEI World Cup™ Dressage series Saturday night.

Sweden’s Patrik Kittel produced the ride of his life with Watermill Scandic to slot into second place, but the real battle was played out between the Dutch who were vying for the two remaining places on offer to home side contenders at the Final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands in four weeks.

League leader Edward Gal was clearly always going to make the cut but Cornelissen, Imke Schellekens-Bartels and Anky Van Grunsven knew that Saturday night would decide which of them would join him. And in this battle of the giants it was winner Cornelissen and third-placed Schellekens-Bartels who earned their stripes while nine-time World Cup champion Van Grunsven just missed out when finishing fourth.

Isabell Werth’s exciting nine year old gelding, El Santo NRW, brought a smile to his rider’s face when showing his huge potential and was holding the lead at the halfway stage. But Schellekens-Bartels blew away the German rider’s score of 75.50 per cent with a wonderful show from Hunter Douglas Sunrise. The charm and poise of the 16-year-old mare is perfectly reflected in the beautifully choreographed musical score and this was a partnership in complete unison, and clearly relishing the challenge, as they set the new target at 79.75 per cent. Matthias Alexander Rath and Triviant earned a good mark of 76.40 per cent, and fellow-Germans Carola Koppelmann and Le Bo were rewarded with 75.50 per cent for their rhythmic Carribbean-influenced performance which included a great flourish of one-time changes down the center line before Van Grunsven took her turn with just four horses left to go.

The 13-year-old stallion, IPS Painted Black, shook his head tensely in the first halt and although highly expressive through some of the test was more than two marks behind Schellekens-Bartels when the scores were posted. This seemed to leave the reigning Olympic champion looking vulnerable with Cornelissen yet to go.

However before Van Grunsven’s team-mate came into the ring Patrick Kittel would spring a massive surprise when executing a spectacular test with Watermill Scandic.

The 11-year-old stallion was impressive enough when second behind Parzival in Friday’s Grand Prix in which Van Grunsven and Painted Black finished third, but the winner was well below par in that class and Saturday night’s competition was a completely different story. Watermill Scandic raised his game to a whole new level, and with youth on his side looks to have a big future. His great passage and piaffe, together with the partnership’s good rapport and tremendous dynamism, put them out in front with a score of 79.80%.

“A personal best in both the Grand Prix yesterday and again today in the Kur. I couldn’t be happier!” Kittel said.

His advantage wouldn’t last long, however, as Cornelissen followed him into the ring and Parzival, was completely composed. The sensitive gelding had been overwhelmed by the sights and sounds of the Scandinavium Arena in Friday’s competition. “He tried to turn around and run back out of the arena yesterday he was so frightened,” said Cornelissen.

But Saturday held no horrors for the big chestnut who strode in, cool as a breeze, and didn’t even seem to notice the 11,000 screaming spectators who were still celebrating Kittel’s inspiring display. With consummate ease he set about his business after the din died down and with absolute authority posted a mark of 84.40 per cent to seal the deal.

“He was so relaxed I knew I could just get on with it,” Cornelissen said. She explained that, due to the show program, there was no opportunity to train in the arena prior to the Grand Prix. “He’s always like that, he looks at everything the first time and I had to use the Grand Prix as my training run but once he’s seen things then he doesn’t worry any more and he normally settles down well like he did tonight,” she said.

Schellekens-Bartels was surprised when Sunrise also took a dislike to things in the arena during the Grand Prix. “I had a very different ride yesterday,” she said.

“My mare was very afraid of the Judge at C. She’s not normally spooky, so I didn’t expect that. But she was really good today.”

She was delighted with her result. “For me this is fantastic,” she said. “I had to kick out Anky and I’m sorry about that but I’m happy I have made it to the final!”

Kittel admitted that the roars from the crowd as he came into the ring made his horse tense but once he began the test Watermill Scandic was more relaxed. And he was delighted to find himself qualified for ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

“This will be my first final,” he said. He had been informed by FEI Director of Dressage Trond Asmyr that he needed to get at least two more points if he was to have any chance of making it to the Final.

“I did it, and I did it well – because I got 17!” he added. He’s not going to rest on his laurels though. “I’m going to keep my music – Depeche Mode is cool for me – but I will change my program and change the line in the canter. I’m not entirely happy with it. I want to show cleaner lines to the judges.”

Schellkens-Bartels has no intention of changing anything.

“I don’t think there is music more fitting for my horse than the one we have now,” she said.

Cornelissen has a bit of a surprise up her sleeve. “It should have been a secret,” she said when asked if her program and score would remain the same. “I’m not changing my program but I am going to change my music. I won’t tell you what it is though, you’ll have to wait and see…”

2009/2010 FEI WORLD CUP™ DRESSAGE – STANDINGS
1. Edward Gal – 75
2. Adelinde Cornelissen – 72
3. Imke Schellekens-Bartels- 70
4. Anky van Grunsven – 60
5. Isabell Werth – 54
6. Patrik Kittel – 53
7. Jeannette Haazen – 50
8. Matthias Alexander Rath – 49
9. Carola Koppelmann – 47
10. Monica Theodorescu – 41
11. Aat Van Essen – 38
12. Jeroen Devroe – 37
12. Nathalie Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein- 37
14. Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven – 35
15. Hubertus Schmidt – 32
15. Laura Bechtolsheimer – 32
17. Hans Peter Minderhoud – 30
18. Peter Gmoser – 25
19. Catherine Haddad – 24
20. Charlotte Haid-Bondergaard- 22
20. Marc Peter Spahn – 22

Results of the Grand Prix Freestyle

RK CNR HORSE RIDER SEK E H C M B Total Perc.
1 211 JERICH PARZIVAL – KWPN
Gelding\Chestnut\1997\Jazz x Ulft\
Adelinde CORNELISSEN (NED) 82.00
87.00
79.50
83.00
82.50
88.00
85.00
88.00
82.00
87.00
844.00 84.400
2 219 WATERMILL SCANDIC H.B.C – KWPN
Stallion\Chestnut\1999\Solos Carex x Amiral\
Patrik KITTEL (SWE) 73.00
83.00
75.50
82.00
77.50
87.00
78.00
84.00
75.00
83.00
798.00 79.800
3 213 HUNTER DOUGLAS SUNRISE – HANN
Mare\DarkBay\1994\Singular Joter x Werther\
Imke SCHELLEKENS-BARTELS (NED) 75.50
82.00
75.50
82.00
79.00
86.00
77.50
77.00
79.00
84.00
797.50 79.750
4 212 IPS PAINTED BLACK – KWPN
Stallion\Black\1997\Gribaldi x Ferro\
Anky VAN GRUNSVEN (NED) 71.50
81.00
72.50
78.00
72.50
85.00
74.00
83.00
73.00
82.00
772.50 77.250
5 205 TRIVIANT – KWPN
Gelding\Bay\2000\Olivi x Saluut\
Matthias Alexander RATH (GER) 70.50
79.00
74.00
78.00
75.00
83.00
73.50
76.00
74.00
81.00
764.00 76.400
6 224 LE BO – HANN
Gelding\Chestnut\1993\Lauries Crusador xx x Eisenherz I\
Carola KOPPELMANN (GER) 72.00
81.00
72.50
78.00
74.00
84.00
70.50
76.00
70.00
77.00
755.00 75.500
7 209 EL SANTO NRW – RHEIN
Gelding\Bay\2001\Ehrentusch x Rhythmus\
Isabell WERTH (GER) 72.00
78.00
72.50
78.00
74.00
83.00
72.00
79.00
70.50
76.00
755.00 75.500
8 221 FAVOURIT – RHEIN
Gelding\Chestnut\1999\Fidermark x Worldchamp\
Tinne VILHELMSON-SILFVEN (SWE) 72.00
77.00
73.00
79.00
71.50
80.00
71.50
74.00
73.00
78.00
749.00 74.900
9 214 RANDON – PHBA
Gelding\Bay\1997\Czuwaj x Famino\
Michal RAPCEWICZ (POL) 70.00
76.00
71.50
77.00
70.50
79.00
70.00
71.00
71.50
77.00
733.50 73.350
10 218 LYDIANUS – HOLST
Gelding\\1997\Lorentin ! x Caribo\
Charlotte HAID BONDERGAARD (SWE) 69.00
73.00
69.00
75.00
67.50
73.00
69.50
73.00
69.00
75.00
713.00 71.300
11 200 FITOU – DWB
Gelding\DarkBay\1999\Florestan I x May Sherif\
Lone Bang LARSEN (DEN) 66.00
73.00
69.00
77.00
67.50
75.00
66.50
70.00
69.50
76.00
709.50 70.950
12 220 LARINA HöM – DWB
Mare\Bay\\Solos Landtinus x Carano\
Minna TELDE (SWE) 68.50
73.00
68.00
74.00
66.00
73.00
68.50
70.00
65.50
68.00
694.50 69.450
13 216 NORMANDIE JB – KWPN
Gelding\Chestnut\1995\Vincent x Ametist\
Anette CHRISTENSSON (SWE) 67.00
72.00
66.00
74.00
64.00
67.00
64.00
70.00
66.00
70.00
680.00 68.000
14 223 FRYSO HUYS CAS – KFPS
Stallion\Black\2000\Adel x Reynders\
Marc Peter SPAHN (BEL) 64.50
71.00
65.00
71.00
65.50
69.00
64.50
69.00
64.00
69.00
672.50 67.250
15 222 LE BEAU – OLDBG
Gelding\Chestnut\1998\Le Coeur x Classiker\
Philippe JORISSEN (BEL) 61.00
69.00
65.00
74.00
63.00
67.00
62.50
72.00
65.50
73.00
672.00 67.200