Dutch rider Adelinde Cornelissen came into the 2012 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final as the hot favorite. Her mount, Jerich Parzival, easily won last year’s Final. But at yesterday’s veterinary inspection Parzival’s chance to win the 2012 title was called into question when he was held for unsoundness.
Adelinde Cornelissen’s 2011 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final winner Jerich Parzival was held in the veterinary inspection for the 2012 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final on Thursday, April 19. The gelding was re-inspected at 9 a.m. this morning and passed. The Grand Prix is scheduled to start at noon here in s'-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands.
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Jeanine Allred hadn’t gone advanced in 11 years before this weekend and her horse, Snap Decision II, hadn’t ever set his hooves on a blue-numbered track. But that didn’t stop Allred and “Fuzzy” from putting in a nearly foot-perfect weekend, adding just 8.0 cross-country time penalties to their dressage score of 41.3 to win the division over James Alliston and Parker II. They survived an iffy moment at one oxer to leave all the rails in the cups in show jumping today.
James Alliston had a good Saturday—a great one, even—at Galway Downs today. He won the CIC*** aboard Jumbo’s Jake, and he placed second in the same division on Tivoli. He’s also leading the advanced on Parker II after a solid cross-country run. But while he’s enjoying the moment, Alliston’s thoughts are already shifting towards another Saturday in the not-too-distant future.
James Alliston might be from Great Britain originally, but it’s clear there’s another place he feels right at home—Galway Downs. After winning the CCI*** and CCI* here last November, Alliston came back with five horses for this event. He’s currently leading the CIC*** aboard Jumbo’s Jake, leading the advanced aboard Parker II, sitting third in the CIC*** with Tivoli and third in the advanced with Ballingowan Pizazz.
To say Chris Pratt had a good weekend at HITS Desert Circuit VI would be a massive understatement.
Pratt started out by winning the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix with Cruise on Friday. Then he tacked up Cruise again today, put in two fault-free rounds and is now taking home an even bigger check—his share of the winnings for the $200,000 Lamborghini Grand Prix Of The Desert—along with the first.
“I couldn’t be happier,” said Pratt, who rides for Canada. “The horse is just coming into his own. He hasn’t had a rail down in two weeks.”
Morgan Geller returned for the second round of the R.W. "Ronnie" Mutch Equitation Championship in second place, and she was feeling the pressure.
“I was really nervous! I thought I might throw up,” said Geller with a laugh. “But [Fabricio] was really good the second round. He was even better than in the first. I was so nervous, but he kept me calm. The first round I calmed him down, and the second round he calmed me down.”