Anky and Painted Black win World Cup round

January 27, 2009

Dutch triple individual gold medallist Anky van Grunsven aboard her black stallion IPS Painted Black won the World Cup dressage qualifier at Amsterdam at the weekend, beating Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival and Isabell Werth on Warum Nicht FRH.

"This was the very first time that IPS Painted Black did show in the arena what he is capable of and what he shows at home," Anky said. "He so often is not with me in the big arenas. Last summer I could celebrate the win in Lingen aboard Painted with 80%, but this test in Amsterdam (81,25%) even went better. Although we had an expensive mistake in a pirouette and had to leave the Grand Prix victory to Isabell Werth, I was most pleased with Painted as he really was working for me and co-operative. Today he again did prove this. We only had a small mistake in the two tempi changes, so improvements still can be made. However the biggest improvement is that Painted still has gained power and strength and that's what makes him better."

IPS Painted Black never has done his piaffes so energetic and powerful in the show arena before. Anky van Grunsven signed a contract soon after Christmas with her new sponsor Cavalor, which supplies her with individual diets for all her horses. "This might be the cause for the visible improvement of Painted, as my horses lose weight and their bellies and gain spirit and energy," she said.

The only problem for her now seems the last year's winner World Cup is automatically qualified when having showed in two qualifiers. "My schedule is to compete with IPS Salinero in the last qualifier in March in 's-Hertogenbosch only and not to show in Neumunster or Goteborg. I am not going to compete unless Salinero is fit and he still needs more time. He has had a long holiday. Probably I can do a request for a wild card, otherwise the sad truth is that I'm not competing in Las Vegas," she said.

Dutch Adelinde Cornelissen was faced with major problems in the Grand Prix when her horse Parzival was disturbed by the crowd. She was not able to finish her test and retired.

Isabell Werth had some major problems in her ride. In the start of her Freestyle Warum Nicht FRH cantered in the first half pass. A few more minor mistakes resulted in her being runner up. "I don't know why I disturbed him in the half pass, probably I came in with my aids too fast. Than the mistakes in the changes occurred. It happens. Next time better!"

Isabell Werth plans to compete Satchmo in Neumunster and 's-Hertogenbosch. After that she will decide which horse to bring to the FEI World Cup Dressage Final in Las Vegas.