Adelinde Cornelissen retains dressage gold

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Dutch rider 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 her horse Jerich Parzival, she scored 82.113 percent, half a percent in front of British rider Carl Hester on Uthopia. 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 has won many competitions with Dutchman Edward Gal. The split-up didn’t do Gal any good either and he was unexpectedly knocked out of the competition early.

Ms Cornelissen put her slight mistake down to concentrating too hard and said she had to do her very best to make up for it. The jury forgave her however.

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