Adelinde & Parzival Repeat Grand Prix Special Gold Medal Performance at European Championships

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Adelinde Cornelissen with Carl Hester and Laura Bechtosheimer celebrating their Grand Prix Special medals at the European Championships. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Aug. 20–Adelinde Cornelissen rode Jerich Parzival to victory in the Grand Prix Special to repeat as the first individual gold medalist of this year’s European Championships, overcoming an expensive course error that was minor compared with mistakes that seemed to plague the entire class. The ride forTotilas was the most mistake-filled of his career.

The 32-year-old Dutch rider’s mistake was expensive with two points being deducted from each of the marks of the seven judges–so it was 14 points deducted from her total–but her score of 82.113 per cent gave the home crowd enough to cheer loudly following Thursday’s third place finish for The Netherlands in the team competition. The pair won at Windsor two years ago with a score of 84.042 per cent that was a record at the time.

Great Britain filled the second and third places–Carl Hester and a tired Uthopia scoring 81.682 per cent and Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris, whom she said was feeling one of the best ever until the walk when he lost his impulsion and they finished on 79.256 per cent.

Totilas ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath of Germany came fourth on 77.039 per cent with costly mistakes in the omne-tempi changes, transitions and the piaffe that is normally one of the horse’s strengths. Even so, it was the highest placed combination for Germany.

Sweden’s Patrik Kittel on Watermill Scandic HBC in fifth place on 76.771 per cent and Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro in sixth on 76.548 per cent finished aherad of Germany’s Isabell Werth on El Santo NRW 76.533 per cent.

However, the mistakes that seemed to affect most of the 30 combinations in Rotterdam extended to the streaming video of the event that dropped out after about 20 rides so viewers around the world did not see the last 10 rides. The cause was a major system failure at the British-based service provider, but the FEI said that the last 14 rides will be available on video on demand on the FEI-TV site Sunday.

Adelinde said the ride on the 14-year-old KWPN gelding by Jazz felt great and she rode two-tempi changes with confidence until she heard the bell ring and she realized she and Parzival should have been doing half passes.

“The horse was in top shape,” she said, “but I tried to screw up. Even when I make the mistake, he still won it for me. I kicked myself afterwards but we had a good score, even though it could have been better.”

Adelinde Cornelissen knew that she and Parzival had put in a great performance despite her mistake. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.comed

She was more focused after the course error and rode to make up for the lost points.

It worked. One judge awarded the pair a 10 for piaffe and another judge 10 for the final halt.

Carl Hester said that Uthopia, a 10-year-old KWPN stallion by Metall, had competed in only six competitions in his 16 -month career before these championships was tired but “performed the best he can at the level he is at.”

Uthopia collected 15 marks of 10 from the seven judges, all for what is clearly becoming his patented extended trot. The black stallion earned five 10s for the first extension, three for each of the 2nd and 3rd extended trots and four for the final extension.

Carl admitted that he was very focused on doing well in the Special “so I squeezed him out and he got a little tired. We got it wrong in the one-tempis but his passage and extended trot were just wonderful.

“I did enjoy my ride and I really wanted this medal–I wanted to steal one or win one!”

This trot by Uthopia ridden by Carl Hester received four 10s from the seven-judge panel. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The Freestyle will be held Sunday, but Carl admits he is hardly prepared.

“I’ve only once done a Kur to Music with this horse and I have a new Kur now which I’ve never ridden,” he said. “After Hickstead we decided I really needed a new Kur, so tomorrow its going to be a surprise, for me and for everyone else!”

Complete Grand Prix Special results:

RK HORSE – BREEDING
SEX\COLOUR\BORN\SIRE X SIREDAM\
K E H C M B F %
RIDER
OWNER

1 Jerich Parzival – KWPN
G \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Jazz x Ulft
NED 10000 81.146 82.083 83.021 80.625 83.750 81.354 82.813 82.113
Adelinde  Cornelissen(NED)
W.P.J. & M.A. Cornelissen, H. Jerich
( 3 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 )
2 Uthopia – KWPN
S \ DarkBay \ 2001 \ Metall x Inspekteur
GBR 8000 83.750 80.313 81.042 81.875 82.396 81.146 81.250 81.682
Carl  Hester (GBR)
Mrs S Stewart, Mr D Harrison
( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 )
3 Mistral Hojris – DWB
G \ Chestnut \ 1995 \ Michellino x Ibsen
GBR 6000 84.167 78.854 77.083 79.167 78.125 76.771 80.625 79.256
Laura  Bechtolsheimer(GBR)
Dr Wilfried Bechtolsheimer, Ursula Bechtolsheimer
( 1 ) ( 3 ) ( 3 ) ( 3 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 ) ( 3 )
4 Totilas – KWPN
S \ Black \ 2000 \ Gribaldi x Glendale
GER 4000 80.208 73.229 76.563 75.000 78.542 77.500 78.229 77.039
Matthias Alexander  Rath (GER)
Paul Schockemöhle, Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff
( 4 ) ( 8 ) ( 4 ) ( 7 ) ( 5 ) ( 3 ) ( 4 )
5 Watermill Scandic H.B.C– KWPN
S \ Chestnut \ 1999 \ Solos Carex DVH 609 x Amiral ZW.P.S.
SWE 2000 78.229 76.354 76.042 77.292 75.000 76.458 78.021 76.771
Patrik  Kittel (SWE)
J.W. Greve & HBC Stal
( 6 ) ( 4 ) ( 7 ) ( 4 ) ( 9 ) ( 7 ) ( 5 )
6 Valegro – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2002 \ Negro x
GBR 1000 77.292 73.958 76.354 77.083 76.875 77.188 77.083 76.548
Charlotte  Dujardin(GBR)
Rowena Luard
( 7 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 ) ( 5 ) ( 7 ) ( 4 ) ( 6 )
7 El Santo NRW – RHEIN
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Ehrentusch x Rhythmus
GER 1000 79.063 75.313 76.458 74.063 80.000 76.875 73.958 76.533
Isabell  Werth (GER)
Madeleine Winter-Schulze, Isabell Werth
( 5 ) ( 5 ) ( 5 ) ( 12 ) ( 3 ) ( 5 ) ( 10 )
8 Damon Hill NRW – WESTF
S \ DarkChestnut \ 2000 \ Donnerhall x Rubinstein I
GER 1000 74.688 72.188 73.438 76.042 79.479 76.146 75.000 75.283
Helen  Langehanenberg(GER)
Christian Becks
( 10 ) ( 9 ) ( 9 ) ( 6 ) ( 4 ) ( 8 ) ( 8 )
9 Digby – DWB
G \ DarkBay \ 1997 \ Donnerhall x Sandro
DEN 77.083 73.958 75.000 74.479 75.521 74.063 75.313 75.060
Nathalie zu  Sayn-Wittgenstein (DEN)
Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein
( 8 ) ( 6 ) ( 8 ) ( 8 ) ( 8 ) ( 10 ) ( 7 )
10 Donnperignon – FWB
G \ DarkChestnut \ 1999 \ Donnerhall x Mozart II 79
GER 74.167 71.771 72.917 74.375 72.917 75.208 74.896 73.750
Christoph  Koschel(GER)
Hof Beckerode GmbH, Jürgen Koschel
( 11 ) ( 10 ) ( 10 ) ( 9 ) ( 12 ) ( 9 ) ( 9 )
11 Fuego de Cardenas – PRE
S \ Grey \ 1998 \ Utrerano VII x Elegido III
ESP 75.833 71.667 71.667 72.500 74.167 72.917 73.333 73.155
Juan Manuel  Muñoz Diaz (ESP)
Miguel A. de Cardenas
( 9 ) ( 11 ) ( 11 ) ( 13 ) ( 10 ) ( 11 ) ( 11 )
12 Favourit – RHEIN
G \ Chestnut \ 1999 \ Fidermark x Worldchamp
SWE 70.521 69.063 70.313 74.375 73.958 71.667 72.500 71.771
Tinne  Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE)
Lövsta Stuteri
( 15 ) ( 17 ) ( 13 ) ( 9 ) ( 11 ) ( 15 ) ( 13 )
13 Martini – PHBA
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Deryl SP x Madryt
POL 71.250 70.208 70.104 74.271 71.146 72.083 72.396 71.637
Beata  Stremler (POL)
Inter-Api Sp. z o.o.
( 14 ) ( 12 ) ( 16 ) ( 11 ) ( 13 ) ( 12 ) ( 14 )
14 Exquis Nadine – KWPN
M \ Chestnut \ 1995 \ TCN Partout x Roemer
NED 71.458 68.750 70.208 70.938 71.042 71.875 72.708 70.997
Hans Peter  Minderhoud(NED)
Team Exquis
( 13 ) ( 18 ) ( 15 ) ( 15 ) ( 14 ) ( 14 ) ( 12 )
15 Jonstrupgaardens Raneur – DWB
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Ragazzo x Schwadroneur
DEN 71.771 69.479 70.313 69.479 68.438 72.083 72.292 70.551
Lisbeth  Seierskilde(DEN)
Gert Seierskilde
( 12 ) ( 15 ) ( 13 ) ( 20 ) ( 23 ) ( 12 ) ( 15 )
16 Eremo del Castegno – SI
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Rohdiamant x Weltmeyer
ITA 69.896 70.208 69.688 70.000 70.313 69.896 71.354 70.193
Valentina  Truppa (ITA)
Gavan s.r.l.
( 17 ) ( 12 ) ( 17 ) ( 18 ) ( 16 ) ( 21 ) ( 16 )
17 Moedwill – KWPN
G \ Chestnut \ 1994 \ Goodwill x Beaujolais
NED 68.646 70.000 68.438 70.833 68.750 71.563 70.313 69.792
Sander  Marijnissen(NED)
W.A. Marijnissen
( 19 ) ( 14 ) ( 22 ) ( 16 ) ( 22 ) ( 17 ) ( 18 )
18 Sisther de Jeu – KWPN
M \ Bay \ 1999 \ Gribaldi x Amor
NED 67.500 67.708 69.688 68.854 69.688 70.417 70.625 69.211
Edward  Gal (NED)
Emma de Jeu
( 23 ) ( 21 ) ( 17 ) ( 22 ) ( 18 ) ( 19 ) ( 17 )
19 Prestige – KWPN
S \ Black \ 1997 \ Ferro x Farmer
ESP 67.500 69.479 67.917 68.958 69.167 71.563 69.583 69.167
Jordi  Domingo Coll(ESP)
A. van der Gor, Jordi Domingo Coll
( 23 ) ( 15 ) ( 23 ) ( 21 ) ( 21 ) ( 17 ) ( 21 )
20 Augustin OLD – OLDBG
S \ Bay \ 2000 \ August der Starke x Rohdiamant
AUT 66.146 66.875 68.854 71.563 70.625 68.229 70.000 68.899
Victoria  Max-Theurer(AUT)
Max-Theurer Elisabeth, Schloss Achleiten
( 27 ) ( 22 ) ( 20 ) ( 14 ) ( 15 ) ( 23 ) ( 20 )
21 Elmegardens Marquis – DWB
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Michellino x Lucky Light
GBR 66.042 66.771 70.417 70.417 70.208 65.833 70.208 68.557
Emile  Faurie (GBR)
Joanne Vaughan
( 28 ) ( 24 ) ( 12 ) ( 17 ) ( 17 ) ( 28 ) ( 19 )
22 Ekwador – PHBA
S \ Grey \ 2000 \ Heraldik xx x Corofino
POL 68.021 66.667 68.542 68.333 69.688 70.208 67.917 68.482
Katarzyna  Milczarek(POL)
Katarzyna Milczarek
( 21 ) ( 25 ) ( 21 ) ( 23 ) ( 18 ) ( 20 ) ( 24 )
23 Dorina – DWB
M \ Bay \ 2002 \ Blue Hors Don Schufro x Ragtime
NOR 68.125 68.333 66.146 66.250 66.771 71.667 68.958 68.036
Siril  Helljesen (NOR)
Siril Helljesen
( 20 ) ( 19 ) ( 27 ) ( 28 ) ( 26 ) ( 15 ) ( 22 )
24 Skovlunds Más Guapo – DWB
G \ Black \ 1998 \ Master x Cannon Row xx
FIN 65.521 65.833 69.271 66.771 69.688 69.479 64.167 67.247
Mikaela  Lindh (FIN)
Dressurstald Solyst & Mikaela Lindh, Dressurstald Solyst
( 29 ) ( 27 ) ( 19 ) ( 25 ) ( 18 ) ( 22 ) ( 29 )
25 Axis TSF – TRAK
S \ Black \ 1999 \ Sixtus x Angard
FIN 70.208 65.625 66.771 69.792 63.750 66.667 67.708 67.217
Terhi  Stegars (FIN)
Sian Reade Bluw.Trak.Low.Lidham Hill Gue
( 16 ) ( 28 ) ( 25 ) ( 19 ) ( 29 ) ( 26 ) ( 25 )
26 Apollo van het Vijverhof– BWP
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Welt Hit II x Rittmeister
BEL 68.958 66.667 67.604 66.458 66.771 66.354 67.188 67.143
Jeroen  Devroe (BEL)
Dressage Devroe BVBA
( 18 ) ( 25 ) ( 24 ) ( 27 ) ( 26 ) ( 27 ) ( 27 )
27 Rubi – LUS
S \ Bay \ 1998 \ Batial x Xaquiro
POR 67.708 66.875 66.354 66.250 66.563 67.813 67.292 66.979
Gonçalo  Carvalho(POR)
Christine Jacoberger
( 22 ) ( 22 ) ( 26 ) ( 28 ) ( 28 ) ( 24 ) ( 26 )
28 Bocelli 1044 – SWB
S \ Bay \ 1999 \ Don Schufro x Bernstein
SWE 66.458 67.917 64.688 66.667 67.708 67.813 66.250 66.786
Rose  Mathisen (SWE)
Gransbo Stuteri
( 26 ) ( 20 ) ( 29 ) ( 26 ) ( 25 ) ( 24 ) ( 28 )
29 Exquis Clearwater – DWB
G \ Bay \ 1998 \ Carpaccio x Limebrand
DEN 66.563 61.146 65.938 66.979 67.813 65.208 68.333 65.997
Anne  van Olst (DEN)
Team Exquis, Anne van Olst
( 25 ) ( 29 ) ( 28 ) ( 24 ) ( 24 ) ( 29 ) ( 23 )
30 Sini Spirit – HANN
G \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Espri x Gluecksgriff
FIN 26.979 22.917 25.833 26.563 26.458 25.521 25.208 ELIMINATED
Emma  Kanerva (FIN)
Sinituote Oy / Monica Brotherus, Ilkka Brotherus
( 30 ) ( 30 ) ( 30 ) ( 30 ) ( 30 ) ( 30 ) ( 30 )