Defending champions, Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival, once again stamped their authority all over the opposition when racking up their second successive victory in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European League qualifier at Lyon in France tonight. The Dutch partnership scored a massive 89.375 to leave them well clear of runners-up Valentina Truppa and Eremo del Castegno from Italy, while it was a very satisfying day for Kristina Sprehe who slotted into third with Desperados FRH. In yesterday’s Grand Prix the 26-year-old German rider endured an uncomfortable time as her 11-year-old stallion bubbled over with excitement to finish well down the line in eighth place. Tonight however they produced a much more focused performance to edge ahead of Sweden’s Patrik Kittel and Watermill Scandic HBC in the final line-up.
Asked tonight if competing with Jerich Parzival is a more enjoyable experience these days, Cornelissen, who was described as “The First Lady” during the press conference, referred to the change in the character of her 15-year-old gelding. “Yes, he’s not nearly as spooky as he used to be, he doesn’t worry and he’s much more relaxed so I can work on his self-carriage and suppleness - and it’s nice that everyone is noticing the difference and that they are liking it!” she pointed out.
She gave notice of her continuing form with victory in yesterday’s Grand Prix in which her Dutch colleague, Edward Gal, lined up second with Glock’s Undercover. Gal’s performance today however was only good enough for fifth place with a mark of 79.125.
Sweden’s Minna Telde set the standard in the first half of the competition with a lovely Freestyle from the eye-catching and exciting 11-year-old black stallion Santana who showed a lot of elevation in extended trot for a score of 76.350. French rider, Jessica Michel, followed her into the ring, and, on her debut at Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ level competition, the 30-year-old did herself proud with an expressive test from the 11-year-old mare Riwere de Hus whose easy way of going was complemented by power, particularly in the pirouettes, and lovely moments of suspension for a score of 73.350. But Sprehe and her Olympic ride, Desperados, were the show-stealers as the second tranche took their turn.
After registering a mark of 82.250, which temporarily took over the lead, the German rider explained, “yesterday was the first competition for my horse for a long time. He was breeding after competing in London, and he is a stallion so he couldn’t find his concentration yesterday. Today though, he was much more relaxed” she said.
Re-set the Parameters
Sprehe was still out in front with just three left to go, but this group would re-set the parameters, led by Cornelissen who was third-last into the arena. Parzival is oozing confidence these days, and as he breezed through the test that he now knows so well it was clear that the new signals he is getting from his rider are being better understood. After their victory in the first leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage series in Odense two weeks ago, Cornelissen explained that her effort to lighten her riding style so that she can produce an even more pleasing picture for the panel of judges had led to some moments of confusion for the big chestnut horse. But this time the transitions were seamless, and there was little doubt about who would come out on top as their big result lit up the scoreboard.
Second-last to go, Sweden’s Patrik Kittle and Watermill Scandic HBC earned 81.025 for their rhythmic test, and then it was left to Italy’s Valentina Truppa and Eremo del Castegno to lay down the final challenge. And it was good enough for runner-up position when they put 83.350 on the board.
When asked to analyse the performances of the top three finishers, Ground Jury member, Mrs Isabelle Judet from France, said Truppa’s test showed “a great sense of artistic flair”. Talking about Sprehe’s Freestyle, Mrs Judet pointed out “that for me, it was technically very nice. Maybe she could gain some more points by improving the choreography, the artistic part could maybe be more solid”.
“Her Kur is like a perfect piece of work!” Mrs Judet said of Cornelissen’s winning ride. “All the transitions were fitting very well and the music was according to the movements. It is a real masterpiece when this horse is good on a day like today” she added. Commenting on improvements that Cornelissen could make, “because it is the role of the judge to help her”, Mrs Judet pointed out that Parzival could hold his head “a little more steady” in the pirouette, and that his mouth could be more closed - “but I know you are working on this” she said to the winning rider.
Port of Call
Cornelissen’s next port of call is Stockholm, Sweden at the end of the month, but before that, the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage series moves to Stuttgart, Germany on 16/17 November.
The defending champion has already shown that she and her great gelding are in a class of their own again this season, and that the possibility of mirroring the horse-and-rider hat-tricks recorded by her fellow-countrywoman, Anky Van Grunsven, who steered Bonfire to victory from 1995 to 1997 and Salinero to three-time success between 2004 and 2006, is far from a distant dream. It is a very strong possibility for the 2011 and 2012 series champions.
For further information on the second leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2012/2013 series in Lyon, France on Friday 2 November 2012 check out website at www.equitalyon.com or contact Press Officer Pascal Renauldon, Email firstname.lastname@example.org.The next leg takes place in Stuttgart, Germany on Saturday 17 November 2012. For all information on the German fixture go to website stuttgart-german-masters.de or contact Press Officer Jorg Klopfer, Email email@example.com Tel +49 711 955 43128.
Result: 1, Jerich Parzival (Adelinde Cornelissen) NED 89.375; 2, Eremo del Castagno (Valentina Truppa) ITA 83.350; 3, Desperados FRH (Kristina Sprehe) GER 82.250; 4, Watermill Scandic (Patrik Kittel) SWE 81.025; 5, Glock's Undercover (Edward Gal) NED 79.125; 6, Santana (Minna Telde) SWE 76.350; 7, Dablino FRH (Anabel Balkenhol) GER 74.850; 8, Smeyers Molberg (Marcela Krinke Susmelj) SUI 74.775; 9, Riwera de Hus (Jessica Michel) FRA 73.350; 10, Glock's Tango (Hans Peter Minderhoud) NED 72.075; 11, World Performance Washington (Luis Principe) POR 71.150; 12, Fideramber (Daniel Watson) GER 67.600; 13, Rokoko N (Elisabeth Eversfield-Koch) SUI 67.575; 14, Donnerbube 2 (Silvia Rizzo) ITA 66.125; 15, Karamel de Lauture (Claire Gosselin) FRA 66.050.
Full results at www.scgvisual.com
Facts and Figures:
The Ground Jury panel for the second leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2012/2013 series at Lyon, France tonight was:
At E: Wotjek Markowski (POL); At H, Leif Tornblad (DEN); At C, Isabelle Judet (FRA); At M, Katrina Wust (GER); At B, Ghislain Fouarge (NED).
Today's result was a back-to-back double of successes for defending series champions Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival from The Netherlands who also came out on top at the opening leg in Odense, Denmark two weeks ago.
Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival also won yesterday's Grand Prix with a score of 82.766. Runner-up spot in the Grand Prix went to Dutchman Edward Gal and Glock's Undercover (78.511).
The next leg of the series takes place in Stuttgart, Germany on Saturday 17 November.
FEI Dressage Director, Trond Asmyr, talking about the decision taken by New York fashion designer, Reem Acra, to extend her sponsorship of FEI World Cup™ Dressage for a further three years as confirmed recently - "the feedback we have been getting is that Ms Acra is very happy with her involvement in the sport of dressage. It is a good fit with the world of fashion and a good return for her investment. Her kind sponsorship also means that we can concentrate on developing the sport".
French rider Jessica Michel - "I have no experience at this level of Freestyle to Music so I couldn't be as relaxed as the other more experienced riders but I'm very grateful to the public who really supported me today!".
Adelinde Cornelissen, when asked if she is looking for a replacement for Jerich Parzival - "no, Parzival feels like he's a seven year old, not 15! He's still quick and sharp and as long as he feels like this he will keep on showing!"
Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2012/2013 - Standings after Round 2 at Lyon (FRA):
1. Marcela Krinke Susmelj SUI
2. Valentina Truppa ITA
3. Edward Gal NED
4. Pia Fortmuller CAN
5. Anabel Balkenhol GER
5. Karin Kosak AUT
7. Lyndal Oatley AUS
7. Marlies van Baalen NED
7. Stefan Peter AUT
10.Anette Christensson SWE
10.Anna Kasprzak DEN
10.Kristina Sprehe GER
10.Sebastien Duperdu FRA
14.Arnaud Serre FRA
14.Nathalie Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein DEN
14.Patrik Kittel SWE
14.Yassine Rahmount MAR
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