Netherlands led by Adelinde Cornelissen & Parzival Wins Rotterdam Nations Cup With Likely World Games Team
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ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, June 19, 2014–Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival N.O.P. gave close to one of their best ever performances to lead the Netherlands’ to victory in the CDIO5* Nations Cup Thursday with a team likely to be the same to be sent to the World Equestrian Games two months away. Denmark placed second led by the Florida-based combination of Mikala Münter Gundersen and My Lady with Sweden third, Great Britain fourth, Belgium fifth, France sixth and the United States seventh.
Adelinde Cornelissen, showing the 17-year-old KWPN gelding (Jazz x Ulft) for only the second time this year as they spare the horse that is well into its eighth year at Big Tour for what may be his last championship, scored 81.480 per cent in the Grand Prix that decided the contest. It was only 1.286 per cent off their all-time high of 82.766 per cent logged at Lyon, France in November, 2012.
Adelinde and Parzival were also the highest scoring combination of the competition with team mate Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover N.O.P. the second highest duo with 80.880 per cent and Holland’s young star Danielle Heijkoop and Kingsley Siro third with a score of 76.960 per cent. Hans Peter Minderhoud on Glock’s Johnson TN was the drop score at 76.680 per cent, although it was a personal best.
For Adelinde right now it’s all about change. “For the last few months I’ve been trying to change our technique, but it takes time,” she said. “I’m trying to apply some new stuff.”
The pair competed on the silver medal-winnng Dutch team at the European Championships last August then at Vienna but focused on training throughout the winter. The chestnut was also treated for heart arrhythmia last year, but Adelinde said he has bounced back and “feels great, and in the paddock he behaves more like a seven-year-old than 17!”
“I wanted to change some stuff and if you do competitions it’s not possible. 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.
“We came back out at Arnhem two weeks ago and there were too many mistakes,” Adelinde said. “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.
Mikala Gundersen based in Wellington, Florida and My Lady, a 14-year-old Danish Warmblood mare by Michellino, placed sixth individually on 71.800 per cent behind the four Dutch pairs and Sweden’s Minna Telde and Santana on 73.040 per cent.
However, it was enough to move Denmark with the minimum of three combinations so no drop score into the silver medal spot. Mikala and My Lady, on their second European summer tour, placed third at the recent Danish Championships and are hoping for a place on her nation’s WEG team that will be decided after the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany a month from now.
“Our goal was silver and we made it,” Mikala told dressage-news.com. “We are very happy with that.
“Even though we had some little mistakes I still feel My Lady is getting etter in so many other areas and I think this is super as preparation for Aachen.
“We were ony three on the team so we all put a lot of pressure on our selves.”
The Netherlands have now forged well ahead on the FEI Nations Cup Dressage 2014 leaderboard with 30 points, trailed by Sweden in second place with 18 points and the USA and Belgium tied in third spot with 15 points apiece after events in Wellington, Florida, Vidabaun, France and Rotterdam. Three more legs remain in the 2014 series, Kristiansand, Norway, Aachen, Germany and Hickstead, England. Ev
The top three results count from teams with four combinations.
Judges-E: Susan HOEVENAARS ﴾AUS﴿ H: Katarina WÜST ﴾GER﴿ C : Isabelle JUDET ﴾FRA﴿ M: Susanne BAARUP ﴾DEN﴿ B: Mariette SANDERS ﴾NED﴿
1. NETHERLANDS – 239.320
Adelinde CORNELISSEN/JERICH PARZIVAL N.O.P. – 81.480%
Edward GAL/GLOCK’S UNDERCOVER – 80.880%
Danielle HEIJKOOP/KINGSLEY SIRO N.O.P. – 76.960%
Hans Peter MINDERHOUD/GLOCK’S JOHNSON TN – (76.680%)
2. DENMARK – 209.780
Maria Anita ANDERSEN/LOXANA – 68.420%
Mikala Münter GUNDERSEN/MY LADY – 71.800
Ulrik MOELGAARD/MICHIGAN – 69.560%
3. SWEDEN – 209.180
Cecilia ANDRÉN DORSELIUS/LENNOX – 68.920%
Jennie LARSSON/ZIRCOON SPRING FLOWER – (65.940%)
Minna TELDE/SANTANA – 73.040
Krisitan VON KRUSENSTIERNA/BIGGLES – 67.220%
4. GREAT BRITAIN – 205.100
Hannah BIGGS /WELTZIN – (65.780%)
Nikki CRISP/PASOA – 68.360%
Daniel SHERRIFF/BAYFORD HALL DALLAGLIO – 66.180%
Daniel WATSON/FIDERAMBER – 70.560%
5. BELGIUM – 204.34
Claudia FASSAERT/DONNERFEE – 69.760%
Francoise HOLOGNEJOUX/WODAN – 68.220%
Delphine MEIRESONNE/WIPSY VH HEIHOF – 66.360%
Mario VAN ORSCHAEGEN/WILCO V – (64.920%)
6. FRANCE – 204.16
Alexandre AYACHE/LIGHTS OF LONDONDERRY – 67.900%
Marc BLOBET/NOBLE DREAM CONCEPT SOL – (64.100%)
Ludovic HENRY/AFTER YOU – 66.380%
Arnaud SERRE/ROBINSON DE LAFONT DE MASSA – 69.880%
7. UNITED STATES 203.42
Susan DUTTA/CURRENCY DC – 66.440%
Catherine HADDAD STALLER/MANE STREAM HOTMAIL – 67.960%
Brian HAFNER/LOMBARDO LHF – 69.020%