Euro Update: Impressive First Start First Win for Adelinde Cornelissen at CDI-W Stockholm

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

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After the pleasant season start in Odense in Denmark one month ago, now in the Globe in Stockholm the second World Cup™ Qualifier Dressage was held. Scandinavia is extremely enthusiastic in welcoming equestrian sports.

Dutch Adelinde Cornelissen entered her first World Cup™ Qualifier and she surprised the crowd with two wonderful tests. To her own surprise she did not only win the WC qualifier but also won her very first car!

“I don’t know what is coming over me. Everybody is greatly admiring me, I drove my lap of honour in my very first car and had to hurry for radio, the press conference and telephonic interviews. And remember I am a very ‘new professional!”, the 29 year old Dutch said who only made the decision to leave her job as a teacher at high school last March.

Cornelissen was the Dutch reserve for the Olympic Games in Hong Kong and was the promising runner up in Aachen last summer after Isabell Werth. One week ago at the CDI3* Maastricht, Adelinde Cornelissen entered the competition winning two tests as well.

In Stockholm Grand Prix judge Katrina Wüst (GER) said: “This pair is a seldom seen mixture of very high quality and what we say in Germany ‘Losgelassenheit’, looseness and relaxation.” The piaffe and passage of Parzival are amazing and he has highlights in his extensions and half passes.

In the Freestyle chairman Katrina Wüst made her choice for Anky van Grunsven. “The technical things of Adelinde were the best, however I like the artistic quality of the Tango Freestyle of Anky van Grunsven more. It all fits like a T”, Katrina Wüst commented, who as a judge is also a member of the Dressage Task Force which will come up with new plans and ideas for dressage. Katrina Wüst prefers not to say much about this challenge as the Task Force will only come together for the first time in January.

Adelinde herself also agrees she needs improving her Freestyle. She said: “I am so happy with the constant and steady performances of Parzival. I am happy Parzival likes to cooperate with me so well and to show himself at his best. However I do know I have to work on a more difficult freestyle now. But I will not complain. In Stockholm Parzival surprised me as he frightened a bit after I had raised my hand to have the music started. This gave me a tough job in the start but I have simply tried to make the best of it, also in the end when the audience accompanied my passage clapping to the final halt and I had to participate on fleeing reactions of Parzival. A stunning 80%, I would not have dreamed of this score! Read More

PSI Horses Move to Ankum for the 2008 PSI Auction

Performance Sales International is getting ready for the 2008 PSI Auction in Ankum, Germany, December 13-14, 2008. Two weeks before the auction, the organisation is moving into the final phase and the horses are now stabled in modernized Ankum Equestrian Sport Centre, where they can be tried out by clients interested.

Young stars such as Bundeschampion Laetare, BuCha bronze medallist Wyllow R, World Championship finallist Donna Weltina and BuCha finallist Blickpunt are among the highlights of the collection. All horses are completely veterinary tested and the vet reports are available for viewing.

All horses have been carefully selected by experts and most of them are homebred or bought by PSI as foals. One staff of knowledgeable riders trains this horses for minimum one year which means that the riders thoroughly know each horses. All horses are owned by PSI's Paul Schockemöhle and Ullrich Kasselmann, so no horses are taken on commission and sold for private owners.

The PSI Auction will be streamed live on the internet. Read More

Jeroen Devroe's Paganini Passed Away

Jeroen Devroe's Grand Prix horse Paganini (by Pavarotti van de Helle x Sheyenne de Baugy) passed away on December 1, 2008, following complications due to colic. The 14-year old Rhinelander gelding suffered a bout of colic this weekend, which led to kidney failure. He was transported to Tom Mariën's private equine clinic for treatment but could not be saved. The gelding was euthanized.

Jeroen Devroe and Paganini were Belgium's most succesful Grand Prix dressage combination so far. They were Belgian Grand Prix champions for the first time in 2002 and then three more years in a row (2005-2007). They competed for the Belgian team at the 2005 European Championships in Hagen (GER), the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen (GER), the 2007 European Championshipships in Turin (ITA) and the 2008 World Cup Finals in 's Hertogenbosch (NED). They qualified as individual pair for the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, but Paganini had to be pulled out of the running in June due to a strained tendon.

It was this minor injury which led to the deterioration of Paganini's health. The suspensory was treated in June, but Paganini reacted badly to the treatment and got laminitis. Over the months, the dark bay gelding lost weight. This weekend's colic attack was most likely the result of this atrophy. Read More

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