Adelinde Cornelissen Buys All of Parzival With Help from Austrian Businessman

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Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival at 2009 European Championships where they set a Grand Prix Special world record. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival at 2009 European Championships where they set a Grand Prix Special world record. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

Adelinde Cornelissen is now the full owner of the 13-year-old Parzival, the gelding on which she won the European Championship Grand Prix Special with a world record score and entered 2010 as the second ranked global combination.

Herbert Jerich, whose Austrian-based Jerich International has business operations throughout Europe and the United States, will sponsor Adelinde and Parzival, re-named Jerich’s Parzival, for the next four years.

Adelinde and Parzival will continue to ride for The Netherlands.

Parzival, who had grown up alone in a field in northern Holland, was originally offered to Adelinde to train for sale. The horse was so spooky that prospective customers would not ride him. She bought a half interest so as to be able to continue training Parzival (see dressage-news.com Special Report: Adelinde Cornelissen’s Training Learned in Teaching Kids and Watching).

The leggy chestnut and Adelinde are leading the West European League  for the World Cup Final to be held in ‘s-Hertogenbosh, The Netherlands at the end of March. They finished atop the West European League in 2009 but the horse went lame the day before the start of the Final in Las Vegas.

At the European Championships in Windsor, England, last August the pair won team gold and individual gold in the Grand Prix Special to set a world record score of 84.04 per cent and become the only combination to beat Moorland Totilas and Edward Gal at Grand Prix level in 2009. In the freestyle, they won silver to gold for Totilas and Edward.

They were ranked at the top of the FEI Rider Rankings for two months in 2009.

The sponsorship agreement between Adelinde and Jerich was negotiated by the international sports marketing agency SportBizz which also manages the Exquis World Dressage Masters lineup of events in the United States and Europe.

It will insure that Adelinde will be able to compete Parzival for The Netherlands through this year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and the annual World Cups.

SportBizz said in a statement that “negotiations have taken a long time but both parties are very happy with the outcome.”

Parzival is not too sure about a visitor to his home. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Parzival is not too sure about a recent visitor to his home. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com