Adelinde Cornelissen retains dressage title

20th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Adelinde Cornelissen has retained her title in Grand Prix Spécial at the FEI European Dressage Championships 2011 in Rotterdam.

In spite of making a slight mistake during the dressage sequence with Jerich Parzival, she managed to stay half a percent in front of British rider Carl Hester on Uthopia with 82.113 percent. The bronze medal went to another British rider Laura Bechtolsheimer on Mistral Hojris. She beat German competitor Matthias Alexander Rath, who had hoped to do better after buying the prize-winning stallion Totilas.

Totilas is famous in the Netherlands because the stallion is said to be the best ever dressage horse and won many competitions with Dutchman Edward Gal. But the split up, didn’t do Mr Gal any good either he was unexpectedly knocked out of the competition early.

Ms Cornelissen put her mistake down to overconcentration and said she had to do her very best to make up for it. The jury forgave her a wrong turn and awarded her two points each.

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