Euro Update: Parzival's Injury Less Severe than Expected

This week's Euro Update talks about the injury of Adelinde Cornelissen's Parzival. The 29-year old shooting star from Holland was unable to compete at the 2009 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas as her horse got injured during a warm up session. Eurodressage provided extensive coverage of the World Cup Finals and you'll see our final report linked here. We also did a great interview with the Portuguese young gun Maria Moura Caetano who aims for the 2009 European Dressage Championships.

The injury of Adelinde Cornelissen's Parzival is less severe than expected. Early Tuesday morning April 21, 2009, all European based World Cup horses landed in Liege, Belgium, after an eventful week at the 2009 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, U.S.A. Dutch rider Adelinde Cornelissen was unable to participate as she had to pull out her horse Parzival following a tendon injury.

Cornelissen trailered her 13-year old Dutch warmblood gelding by Jazz straight to Dutch team veterinarian Jan Greve to do additional scans of his tendon. The news was good as the injury turned out to be less severe than feared. None of the tendons are injured but the annular ligament is slightly strained.

Cornelissen will take it slow and easy on Parzival to ensure the best recovery. "I don't have a concrete plan for the future yet," she told Eurodressage. "First I have to make sure Parzival gets fit again! I'm hand walking him now. I'll hope he'll be fit again as soon as possible but I'm definitely giving him the necessary time. I absolutely don't want to start to early."

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Maria Caetano Is in It for the Long Term

For 22-year old Portuguese dressage rider Maria Moura Caetano the real times in her equestrian life have kicked in. Achieving a fluent transition to Grand Prix level, Caetano took no breather before moving to the big time. With her 15-year old Bavarian Diamant (by Donnerhall) she got her feet wet at Grand Prix at the 2008 Sunshine Tour and only eight months later the apex of her year followed when she won the national Portuguese Grand Prix champion's title in Lisbon.

Trained by her father Paulo Caetano (a toreador by profession) under the supervision of the German trainer Dolf Dietram Keller, Maria belongs to an insurgence of super talented Portuguese dressage riders that are going to put their country in the spotlight. Former young rider Boaventura Freire and current young riders Maria Paes do Amaral and Mafalda Galiza Mendes are helping to pave the way.
One of the principle ways to rise to the top is by having high quality horses at one's disposal. While Boaventura Freire is investing in super talented youngsters at the German elite auctions, Maria Caetano has secured this step in her career by working tightly together with PSI Hof Kasselmann in Germany.

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Eurodressage's World Cup Finals' Report: Steffen Peters Comes to Power in Las Vegas

There can't be anything better for the sport than a rider who is able to beat the perpetual rulers of the dressage world. German born American Steffen Peters has come to power by winning the 2009 World Cup Finals and abdicating Isabell Werth and Anky van Grunsven.

Though the crowds were deliriously enthusiastic and the roof came off the Thomas and Mack centre with a pandemonium of applause, two points must be taken into account to bring everyone back with both feet on the ground: Peters did this on home soil and Van Grunsven wasn't riding Salinero. Would the results have been different if Anky had taken Salinero or if the World Cup Finals were in The Netherlands?

But let's not be too realistic at the start of this article, because it will spoil the fun...

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