Adelinde & Parzival Dominate Amsterdam World Cup Freestyle

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Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival. Photo: FEI/DigiShots

AMSTERDAM, Jan. 21-Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival served notice they are ready to defend their World Cup title when they won the Jumping Amsterdam Grand  Prix Freestyle Saturday with their highest score in a year and the third highest ever for the pair with a dominating performance.

Adelinde and the 15-year-old KWPN geldng (Jazz x Fidora x Ulft) scored 87.050 per cent to complete their second World Cup event that qualifies them for the Final at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, in April. The only two previous higher scores were at Den Bosch a year ago and then the personal best of 88.838 per cent at the European Campionships in Rotterdam six months ago.

Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg on Damon Hill NRW scored 83.150 per cent for second place while compatriot Isabell Werth on El Santo NRW were third on 81.625 per cent.

With a display of supreme confidence, the defending champions threw down the highest score of the season so far to make it a back-to-back double following their victory in Mechelen, Belgium last month in the Western European League.

But with the maximum 20 points going to the second-place rider, as the previous year’s winners do not collect points during the following season, there was a tremendous battle for the minor placings.  And Helen Langehanenberg came off best in a tussle with Isabell Werth who had to settle for third place despite one of the most exciting performances of the day.

The result has moved Langehanenberg into third on the series leaderboard with just two qualifying rounds left to go.  And there is a new leader, as Italy’s Valentina Truppa, who finished fifth this afternoon, ousted Sweden’s Patrik Kittel from the top of the table.

There is a keen battle amongst the German contingent for a starting spot at the World Cup Dressage Final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands next April. And Nadine Capellmann did her chances no harm with a lovely test that led the way at the halfway stage.  She left the considerably more-experienced Elvis at home in Aachen, and instead brought out her 11-year-old Gribaldi mare, Girasol 7, who produced some lovely work throughout a calm, quiet and happy test that was full of lightness and life to earn a mark of 76.200.

That remained the target score until Truppa, winner at the fifth leg in Frankfurt in December and at Lipica, Slovakia, earlier last year, swept into the lead when awarded 76.775 per cent for her test with Eremo del Castegno. But then Dutch star, Edward Gal really pleased the home crowd with a dramatic performance from the 13-year-old mare Sisther de Jeu whose extravagant extended trot and big piaffe helped put 79.875 per cent on the board.

Their lead wouldn’t last long, as Cornelissen and Parzival swaggered down the centreline to take command. Cornelissen insists she can never be sure she can win when she goes into the ring, but admitted that Parzival “just keeps getting better and better and better!  He continues to amaze me, he still gets better every day,” she said.  Isabell Werth refused to be intimidated by the Dutch rider’s score, however, and set off with gusto to produce a spectacular test from El Santo NRW. The bay gelding powered through extended trot, passage and canter pirouette, and Werth’s enormous smile after saluting the judges said it all–81.625 per cent.

But with those tantalising 20 points still up for grabs, it was Helen Langehanenberg who came closest to Cornelissen’s score as, second-last to go, the 12-year-old stallion, Damon Hill NRW, showed his class to put 83.150 per cent on the scoreboard. “The feeling today was really good–even better than yesterday,” she said afterwards. “My horse loves to perform in the arena and he really fought for me and I loved it!” said the rider who plans one more World Cup outing–at Neumunster, Germany next month – before the the Final.

Adelinde saidof her ride, “I can’t say he did bad – can I? He was a bit spooky in one corner, but you can make your own program and avoid it. Of course there are things that can go better, but so far I am satisfied.”

Wim Ernes commented on the early departure of Sweden’s Minna Telde and the stallion, Santana, who retired when the horse became upset during his test.  “I’m very sad for her,” he said. “We have to ring the bell after 20 seconds, she had several times of resistance and we tried to give her time to recover. The horse has only one eye, and I think he heard or saw something. We were ready to ring the bell but she withdrew at the same moment–at the end she couldn’t go on.”

Western European League Standings after Round 7 at Amsterdam:
1.    Valentina Truppa ITA        –        66
2.    Patrick Kittel SWE            –        65
3.    Helen Langehanenberg GER    –        62
4.    Isabell Werth GER            –        60
5.    Hans Peter Minderhoud NED    –        59
6.    Tinne Wilhelmson-Silfven SWE      –        52
7.    Richard Davison GBR            –        48
8.    Jeroen Devroe BEL            –        43
9.    Nadine Capellmann GER        –        40
10.    Siril Helljesen NOR            –        34
11.    Monica Theodorescu GER        –        32
12.    Catherine Haddad USA        –        26
12.    Edward Gal NED            –        26
12.    Jenny Schreven NED            –        26
15.    Marc Peter Spahn BEL        –        24

Results:

RANK CNR HORSE – BREEDING
SEX\COLOUR\BORN\SIRE X SIREDAM\
EUR JUDGE E JUDGE H JUDGE C JUDGE M JUDGE B %
RIDER
OWNER
TECHNICAL
ARTISTIC
TECHNICAL
ARTISTIC
TECHNICAL
ARTISTIC
TECHNICAL
ARTISTIC
TECHNICAL
ARTISTIC
1 158 Jerich Parzival – KWPN
G \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Jazz x Ulft
NED
9030 85.25 83.75 82.25 83.25 81.00 87.050
Adelinde  Cornelissen
W.P.J. Cornelissen, M.A. Cornelissen & H. Jerich
92.00 90.00 91.00 92.00 90.00
2 171 Damon Hill NRW – WESTF
S \ dChestnut \ 2000 \ Donnerhall x Rubinstein I
GER
7030 81.50 79.25 78.50 80.00 76.25 83.150
Helen  Langehanenberg
Christian Becks
87.00 85.00 88.00 88.00 88.00
3 170 El Santo NRW – RHEINLD
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Ehrentusch x Rhythmus
GER
5030 80.50 75.75 74.25 76.50 75.25 81.625
Isabell  Werth
Madeleine Winter-Schulze & isabell Werth
87.00 86.00 87.00 86.00 88.00
4 159 Sisther de Jeu – KWPN
M \ Bay \ 1999 \ Gribaldi x Amor
NED
3030 76.00 77.00 72.75 79.25 75.75 79.875
Edward  Gal
E.J. de Jeu-Beukers
82.00 84.00 82.00 84.00 86.00
5 155 Eremo del Castegno – SI
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Rohdiamant x Weltmeyer
ITA
2530 75.00 73.50 73.25 73.25 71.75 76.775
Valentina  Truppa
Gavan S.R.L.
82.00 79.00 81.00 80.00 79.00
6 165 Dorina – DWB
M \ Bay \ 2002 \ Blue Hors Don Schufro x Ragtime
NOR
2030 73.75 74.25 71.75 72.25 72.50 76.350
Siril  Helljesen
Siril Helljesen
79.00 79.00 82.00 81.00 78.00
7 172 Girasol 7 – BAD-WUERTT
M \ Chestnut \ 2001 \ Gribaldi x Landioso
GER
1530 74.00 72.50 72.00 71.50 74.00 76.200
Nadine  Capellmann
Nadine Capellmann
80.00 79.00 82.00 77.00 80.00
8 167 Hiscox Artemis – WESTF
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Florestan
GBR
1280 75.00 73.75 71.75 72.50 72.75 75.975
Richard  Davison
The Countess of Derby, Jenny ellis & Gillian Davison
79.00 78.00 79.00 78.00 80.00
9 168 Apollo van het Vijverhof – BWP
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Welt Hit II x Ritmeister
BEL
1030 73.50 74.25 69.00 72.25 72.25 75.725
Jeroen  Devroe
bvba Dressage Devroe
79.00 80.00 80.00 79.00 78.00
10 161 Tango – KWPN
S \ Chestnut \ 2000 \ Jazz x Contango
NED
780 70.75 70.50 69.50 71.75 67.00 73.450
Hans Peter  Minderhoud
H.P.F. Minderhoud
78.00 78.00 77.00 76.00 76.00
11 164 Luxform´s Popeye – KWPN
G \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Havel x Dillenburg
NED
430 68.00 72.50 67.25 72.75 69.50 73.200
Diederik  van Silfhout
Z. Kanis & L. Kanis-Lub
75.00 78.00 76.00 76.00 77.00
12 163 Krawall – KWPN
G \ dBay \ 1992 \ Focus x Roemer
NED
430 69.25 71.25 68.00 69.75 68.75 72.000
Jenny  Schreven
M.H. Schreven & J.H.F. Schreven-van Hoef
75.00 77.00 75.00 72.00 74.00
13 151 Seduc – DWB
G \ Bay \ 1996 \ Inouc x Go on Then xx
DEN
430 66.75 69.25 64.75 65.75 67.25 69.975
Anne  Troensegaard
Jorgen Hvenegaard Lassen & Louise Lauesgaard
74.00 74.00 74.00 72.00 72.00
14 160 Uzzo – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Lancet x Indoctro
NED
430 65.50 67.50 64.00 65.50 63.50 68.300
Patrick  van der Meer
Trainingsstal De Hoeve bv
72.00 71.00 72.00 72.00 70.00
15 166 Santana – HANN
S \ Black \ 2001 \ Sandro Hit x Rubinstein I
SWE
ELIMINATED
Minna  Telde
Minna Telde AB