Adelinde and Parzival Move Step Closer to 1st Individual World Title

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Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival. ©11 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

LEIPZIG, Germany, April 28–Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival moved a step closer to their first individual world championship with a convincing Grand Prix victory of more than 80 per cent Thursday, leading the lineup for the musical freestyle that will determine the 2011 World Cup title on Saturday night.

Denmark’s Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein on her Olympic mount Digby was the surprising runnerup with a personal best Grand Prix score of 76.884 per cent, beating top Germans Ulla Salzgeber and Isabell Werth who each have two World Cup titles on their resumes. The princess has been balancing motherhood and horses since she gave birth to a boy last summer.

Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Digby. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Defending champion Edward Gal of The Netherlands struggled with a very tense Sisther de Jeu and finished in the middle of the field behind countryman Hans Peter Minderhoud on Exquis Nadine and Sweden’s Patrik Kittel on Watermill Scandic H.B.C.

Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, California, led a trio of U.S. riders with a 10th place finish on Rafalca, one slot ahead of German-based Catherine Haddad-Staller on Winyamaro while Shawna Harding of Aiken, South Carolina, and Come on III finished in the 15th spot. All three made it to the freestyle of the top 15 horses and riders, a marked difference from 2010 when no North Americans competed in the World Cup Final for the first time in its 26-year history.

Jan Ebeling and Rafalca. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“Redemption!” was the one-word exclamation from Jan after the result was announced, even though it showed a high score of 71.383 per cent from judge Gary Rockwell and a low of 65.319 per cent from Italy’s Vincenzo Truppa.

Jan was referring to the last World Cup the pair competed in, at Las Vegas in 2009 when the arena walls were covered in black material and when Rafalca came into the arena to begin their freestyle the judge at “C” dressed in white stood up to accept the salute from Jan and spooked the horse. Whenever Rafalca passed by the judge’s location the mare spooked.

Shawna Harding said of her first ever World Cup competition, “I’m very happy with my horse in this huge atmosphere. He was tense in the walk and we had mistakes in the canter zig zag, otherwise he was super and ready to do his job. I’m excited for the freestyle.”

Concerns were expressed at a post-competition news conference about the bottom half of the start list not being in the same global championship league as the combinations that finished in the top half. And although Adelinde and Parzival have routinely scored above 80 per cent in the Grand Prix, breaking that level with her score of 80.957 per cent maintained the standard of the most recent years. Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas were beaten by Adelinde and Parzival in the Final Grand Prix at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, last year, but the superstar black stallion went on to become champion in the freestyle.

Edward Gal riding Sisther de Jeu with an extension that reminds one of... © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

And the results for Adelinde and Parzival in the hotly contested Western European League of 10 qualifying events this year were outstanding by any standard–capturing all five of the competitions they entered.

The second section of the competition had several highlights aside from the winning pair, with a lovely test from up-and-coming German star Helen Langehanenberg who steered Damon Hill NRW into a temporary lead with a mark of 73.480 per cent.

The diminutive Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

However, Adelinde, drawn fifth from the end, broke new ground when Parzival earned 80.957 per cent, a world of difference from just a year ago when the 14-year-old KWPN gelding by Jazz was still spooky despite the years the two have been partnered.

“He is more and more relaxed,” she began, and quickly added, “He really loves it. He likes to go in the ring now and he just goes for it.”

Isabell Werth and Satchmo, who became the center of debate over judging when they were awarded medals at the 2008 Olympics despite serious disobedience that led to an overhaul of dressage, started strongly but their score of 74.818 per cent was never going to challenge for the lead.

Then, Adelinde’s Dutch team mate, Hans Peter Minderhoud, was two marks further in arrears with Exquis Nadine. Ulla Salzgeber on Herzruf’s Erbe was second last into the arena and awarded 76.216 per cent to move into runner-up spot with only Princess Nathalie and Digby to go.

“I’m rather speechless, actually,” the Danish rider said. “If someone had told me four years ago that this little horse would, even once in his life, produce a score of 76 I would have said yes, well, really… but he tries his heart out and I’m really thankful to him for how hard he tries”.

She feels he has improved rapidly.

“There is now a lot of expression in his trot,” she said, “this has developed over the winter months, and after Den Bosch I can ask more now in the arena and he gives it to me willingly.” She talked about the challenge of managing her baby and her competitive career.

“The child comes first, of course” she said, “but I have found a way to balance things between my child and the horses–I have fantastic girls and a fantastic husband so it is working very well” she added.

The new dressage Supervisory Panel that is like a watchdog over the judges–and there were seven of those as it was, instead of the five there were up until a year ago–was in action here, and was active.

International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Dressage Director Trond Asmyr said: “They changed four marks–one mark for four different riders–and this information is not confidential in any way. We want to have the system completely open, so the riders will get a copy of their test sheet to show exactly what has been done and how the marks were altered.”

The order-of-go for Saturday’s Freestyle was then drawn and is as follows : 1, Winyamaro (Catherine Haddad-Staller) USA; 2, Come On lll (Shawna Harding) USA; 3, Weinzauber (Robert Acs) HUN; 4, Artemis (Richard Davison) GBR; 5, Edwador (Katarzyna Milczarek) POL; 6, Rafalca (Jan Ebeling) USA; 7, Sisther de Jeu (Edward Gal) NED; 8, Exquis Nadine (Hans Peter Minderhoud) NED; 9, Apollo van het Vijverhof (Jeroen Devroe) BEL; 10, Watermill Scandic HBC (Patrik Kittel) SWE; 11, Damon Hill NRW (Helen Langehanenberg) GER; 12, Digby (Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein) DEN; 13, Jerich Parzival (Adelinde Cornelissen) NED; 14, Herzruf’s Erbe (Ulla Salzgeber) GER; 15, Satchmo 78 (Isabell Werth) GER.

Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival after their winning performance in the World Cup Final Grand Prix. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Complete Grand Prix results:

Judge K : Gary Rockwell (USA)
Judge E : Katrina Wüst (GER)
Judge H : Stephen Clarke (GBR)
Judge C : Ghislain Fouarge (NED)
Judge M : Vincenzo Truppa (ITA)
Judge B : Wojtek Markowski (POL)
Judge F : Leif Törnblad (DEN)

HORSE – Breeding
sex\colour\born\sire x siredam\
K E H C M B F %
RIDER
owner
Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 Jerich Parzival – KWPN
G \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Jazz x Ulft
NED 7000 84.681 81.277 80.000 81.489 79.043 80.532 79.681 80.957
Adelinde  Cornelissen (NED)
W.P.J. & M.A. Cornelissen, H. Jerich
( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 )
2 Digby – DWB
G \ DarkBay \ 1997 \ Donnerhall x Sandro
DEN 5500 76.170 76.596 77.234 77.553 77.128 77.234 76.277 76.884
Nathalie zu  Sayn-Wittgenstein (DEN)
Nathalie Sayn-Wittgenstein
( 3 ) ( 3 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 3 )
3 Herzruf´s Erbe – RHEIN
G \ Chestnut \ 1999 \ Herzruf x Caletto I
GER 4250 76.809 76.809 75.745 75.957 75.426 75.532 77.234 76.216
Ulla  Salzgeber (GER)
Ulla Salzgeber
( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 3 ) ( 4 ) ( 4 ) ( 3 ) ( 2 )
4 Satchmo – HANN
G \ Bay \ 1994 \ Sao Paulo x Legat
GER 3250 74.574 73.830 74.574 76.064 76.915 72.660 75.106 74.818
Isabell  Werth (GER)
Madeleine Winter-Schulze, Birgitte Werth
( 4 ) ( 4 ) ( 4 ) ( 3 ) ( 3 ) ( 6 ) ( 4 )
5 Damon Hill NRW – WESTF
S \ DarkChestnut \ 2000 \ Donnerhall x Rubinstein I
GER 2000 74.149 73.617 73.617 73.404 72.234 74.043 73.298 73.480
Helen  Langehanenberg (GER)
Christian Becks
( 5 ) ( 5 ) ( 6 ) ( 5 ) ( 5 ) ( 4 ) ( 6 )
6 Exquis Nadine – KWPN
M \ Chestnut \ 1995 \ TCN Partout x Roemer
NED 1500 72.553 71.702 73.723 73.298 70.532 72.766 74.043 72.660
Hans Peter  Minderhoud (NED)
Team Exquis
( 6 ) ( 6 ) ( 5 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 ) ( 5 ) ( 5 )
7 Watermill Scandic H.B.C – KWPN
S \ Chestnut \ 1999 \ Solos Carex DVH 609 x Amiral ZW.P.S.
SWE 1000 70.851 70.638 71.383 69.468 69.255 70.000 71.277 70.410
Patrik  Kittel (SWE)
J.W. Greve & HBC Stal
( 8 ) ( 7 ) ( 7 ) ( 7 ) ( 7 ) ( 8 ) ( 7 )
8 Sisther de Jeu – KWPN
M \ Bay \ 1999 \ Gribaldi x Amor
NED 500 71.809 69.681 70.106 69.149 69.043 70.213 70.851 70.122
Edward  Gal (NED)
Emma de Jeu
( 7 ) ( 8 ) ( 8 ) ( 8 ) ( 8 ) ( 7 ) ( 8 )
9 Apollo van het Vijverhof – BWP
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Welt Hit II x Rittmeister
BEL 70.000 68.723 67.872 68.085 68.404 67.447 68.830 68.480
Jeroen  Devroe (BEL)
bvba Dressage Devroe
( 9 ) ( 9 ) ( 11 ) ( 10 ) ( 9 ) ( 12 ) ( 12 )
10 Rafalca – OLDBG
M \ Bay \ 1997 \ Argentinus x Rubinstein
USA 68.085 68.298 68.191 66.596 65.319 68.085 69.468 68.191
Jan  Ebeling (USA)
Amy Roberts Ebeling
( 11 ) ( 10 ) ( 10 ) ( 12 ) ( 13 ) ( 9 ) ( 10 )
11 Winyamaro – HANN
G \ Chestnut \ 2000 \ Walt Disney I x Trapper
USA 69.255 65.957 65.000 68.617 64.787 67.979 69.787 67.340
Catherine  Haddad-Staller (USA)
Catherine Haddad
( 10 ) ( 13 ) ( 13 ) ( 9 ) ( 15 ) ( 10 ) ( 9 )
12 Ekwador – PHBA
S \ Grey \ 2000 \ Heraldik xx x Corofino
POL 67.660 66.383 66.170 66.809 66.702 67.766 69.255 67.249
Katarzyna  Milczarek (POL)
Katarzyna Milczarek
( 12 ) ( 12 ) ( 12 ) ( 11 ) ( 10 ) ( 11 ) ( 11 )
13 Artemis – WESTF
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Florestan x Delphi
GBR 65.532 67.872 68.617 66.170 66.170 65.851 66.064 66.611
Richard  Davison (GBR)
Countess of Derby, Clemens Warmers
( 15 ) ( 11 ) ( 9 ) ( 13 ) ( 11 ) ( 13 ) ( 14 )
14 Weinzauber – WESTF
G \ Bay \ 1997 \ Weinberg x Upan la Jarthe AA
HUN 65.745 63.298 64.149 64.681 66.064 65.745 63.617 64.757
Robert  Acs (HUN)
Robert Acs, Aniko Losonczy
( 14 ) ( 17 ) ( 17 ) ( 14 ) ( 12 ) ( 14 ) ( 16 )
15 Come on III – DWB
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Come Back II x Lantaan
USA 66.383 65.638 64.574 62.553 64.894 62.766 66.064 64.696
Shawna  Harding (USA)
Shawana Harding
( 13 ) ( 14 ) ( 16 ) ( 15 ) ( 14 ) ( 16 ) ( 14 )
16 Leo Af Magnushöj – DWB
G \ DarkBay \ 1995 \ Rohdiamant x Leonardo
SWE 62.979 65.213 64.894 62.340 63.511 63.298 67.872 64.301
Nina  Hoffmann (SWE)
Ann Hofmann
( 16 ) ( 15 ) ( 14 ) ( 16 ) ( 16 ) ( 15 ) ( 13 )
17 Skovlunds Mas Guapo – DWB
G \ Black \ 1998 \ Master x Cannon Row xx
FIN 61.489 65.106 64.894 62.128 61.064 59.787 61.915 62.903
Mikaela  Lindh (FIN)
Dressurstald Solyst & Mikaela Lindh, Dressurstald Solyst
( 17 ) ( 16 ) ( 14 ) ( 17 ) ( 17 ) ( 17 ) ( 17 )

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