The Netherlands' Adelinde Cornelissen rode Jerich Parzival to their third consecutive victory in the 2010/2011 Reem Acra FEI World Cup? Dressage series today at Jumping Amsterdam. Just over six points separated the top seven riders in the musical freestyle; Cornelissen finished approximately one point (81.475) ahead of runner-up Isabell Werth of Germany on Warum Nicht. The Dutch rider also won yesterday's grand prix event.
Today's result leaves Werth tied with fellow-German Ulla Salzgeber for first place at the top of the league table. Each now has 74 points, while Cornelissen, who has now scored a hat-trick of wins (Stockholm, London and Amsterdam) in the current series, is in third.
It wasn't an easy day for Cornelissen. She said that Parzival was stressed by the awards ceremony yesterday following their victory in the grand prix and that he was tense entering the arena today.
"I don't want to make excuses, but I think he found the prize-giving yesterday just too much and when I turned him into the arena today I could feel his tension and I thought 'Oh My God! what am I going to do here'?" she explained.
"I had to convince him that he could still get through his work and the only thing I can say is that I am happy he trusted me and got through it in the end. Two years ago he wouldn't have been able to do that, so I'm pleased about that," she added. "I will ride in just one more qualifier before the final in Leipzig, at s'Hertogenbosch."
The musical freestyle event was broadcast live on FEI TV. With luck, a highlights video will be available on that site soon.
Top photo: Leanjo de Koster, Digishots/FEI. Above left: Dutch show jumping rider Joroen Dubbeldam posed for the 2011 Jumping Amsterdam poster.
by Fran Jurga
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