In the absence of the strongest Dutch Grand Prix combinations, Adelinde Cornelissen foregrounded herself at the 2008 Dutch Dressage Championships in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Aboard her fantastic Dutch warmblood gelding Parzival (by Jazz), Cornelissen won all three rounds with top percentage marks. She scored 73.750 in the Grand Prix, 73.480 in the Special and 78.700 % in the Kur to Music. Three times, Cornelissen beat silver medal winning Anky van Grunsven on her second horse Painted Black (by Gribaldi). The bronze medal went to 2007 Dutch Euro Championship team gold medallist Hans Peter Minderhoud on Nadine (by Partout).
Since the winter indoor season, Adelinde Cornelissen has turned herself into the new Dutch shooting star. She won the 2008 Dutch Indoor Championships, beating Anky on Painted Black, and was also the best rider at the 2008 CDI 's Hertogenbosch. Cornelissen made it very clear that she is aiming for the third spot on the Dutch team that will ride at the 2008 Olympic Games. The sympathic Adelinde quit her day time job as an English teacher in March 2008 to focus fully on Olympic qualification.
Though Cornelissen put in stellar rides, the 2008 Dutch Championships were quite lacklustre with four cancellations by Holland's top riders. Anky and Salinero, Imke and Sunrise, and Laurens and Hexagons Ollright all claimed the show in Eindhoven did not fit in with their show schedule towards Hong Kong. Stephanie Peters and Jeff had to cancel because Jeff had not yet fully recovered from a virus. (View full scores)
CDI Hagen: Werth and Kemmer En Route to Hong Kong
Olympic Fever is on in Germany as the first German Olympic selection trial took place at the CDI Hagen last weekend. All German Olympic candidates were on the scene showing their best horses. With only three spots available only Isabell Werth is certain of hers. Nadine Capellmann (on Elvis), Heike Kemmer (on Bonaparte), new comer Matthias Alexander Rath (Sterntaler Unicef) and Monica Theodorescu (Whisper) are currently the top A-listed dressage riders who need to fight for consistent 72% scores at German Olympic Selection Trials if they want to go to Hong Kong. In Hagen, Isabell Werth and Heike Kemmer proved to be the strongest performers of the show. Werth and Satchmo scored a near world record in the Grand Prix Special and Kemmer won the Kur tour with Bonaparte. (View Photo Report and Scores)
Locksley III and FBW Moses Win Munich Bundeschampionate Qualifier
The first Bundeschampionate qualifier of the season for the 2008 Bundeschampionate kicked off this weekend at the Munich Horse Festival CDI Munich in South Germany. The first winners were Locksley III and FBW Moses, which obtained an entry ticket to the Finals in Warendorf.
In the 5-year old division, Friederike Schulz-Wallner scored the highest mark and won the class. Aboard the Hanoverian stallion Locksley III (by Londonderry x Weltmeyer), Wallner achieved 8.7 and placed first in a class with 18 competitors. Nadine Plaster and Desperado (by Dressage Royal x Rouletto x Barsoi xx) scored 8.40 and placed second. As a 4-year old Desperado sold for 210,000 euro at the Vechta Elite Auction to Plaster.
In the 6-year old Dressage Horse division only one horse scored the qualification mark and that is Bundeschampion FBW Moses. Under Dr. Susann Konrad the Baden Wurttemberger bred gelding by Metteur x Ragazzo pushed for power with an 8.5 mark. (View Scores)
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