Third World Cup dressage win for Cornelissen

January 2, 2009

Dutch rider Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival again dominated the Western European League of the World Cup with yet another win, this time in Mechelen, Belgium.

Adelinde Cornelissen had her third World Cup victory in Mechelen. © Dirk Caremans
The pair have also won at Stockholm and London this season. "It was my third, but not my easiest," she said. "The Nekkerhal is quite something with distractions all around. I have to admit Parzival was a bit on the handbrake. Of course I prefer more expression, but that asks for the right time and place too."

Runner up Anky van Grunsven aboard her black stallion IPS Painted Black had other difficulties to cope with. At the start of her Freestyle a wrong musical CD was played. "It's all me to blame, I feel like a beginner," Anky said. "There are three mistakes I have to count. It started with not packing my CD's at home myself. The second one was not bringing my official end reserve CD to the organiser myself. And the third and not the least was refraining from the sound check. As IPS Painted Black was really with me this time, I felt even more sorry."

The third Dutch in the row of prize winners was Olympian Hans Peter Minderhoud aboard Exquis Nadine.