Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival are out of Dutch Olympic Qualifier

After her fabulous performance and winning ride at the World Cup Dressage it is so sad to see Adelinde and Parzival withdrawing from the Dutch Olympic qualifier.  I know how she will be feeling at the moment.  Let’s hope Parzival has time to recover for the second trial in Rotterdam.

Here is how it was reported by Equestrian Life Magazine:

“Olympic hopeful Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival OUT of Dutch Dressage  Championships.

Holland’s Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival will miss the first mandatory Olympic Dressage observation trials at the Dutch Championships and are not yet confirmed as definite starters for the second trial in Rotterdam.

The combination must now be in serious doubt for Olympic selection as Dutch Technical Director Maarten Van der Heijdn advised “Our starting point is that both observation trials are ridden by Team candidates, by riding only one of the two, chances for Team selection will reduce”.

My World Cup Dressage Diary – Friday 20th and Saturday 21st April – The Finals

Here are some pics from s’Hertogenbosch to round off My World Cup Dressage Diary.  Will be starting a new diary shortly as we move on to the next challenge!

Thanks for being part of this adventure so far.  Great to have you along for the ride.


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Some thoughts on the World Cup Dressage at s’Hertogenbosch

Been a little tricky over the the last couple of days as you may have seen if you caught up with the live FEI TV! However we recovered well in the Grand Prix Freestyle today and I was delighted how Bastie went.

In the Grand Prix, Jaybee Alabaster just kind of froze in the arena as he was scared and a bit overwhelmed by the whole atmosphere.  Alabaster couldnt understand what the TV screens were and that put him off.  Above, there was a score board that kept changing as the scores were put up for each movement and during the one time changes, Bastie caught the light changing above him and freaked. However, there were too many  errors in the Grand Prix test.  Not a great test and we were all disappointed. As Richard Davidson, from Great Britain kindly said in his commentary, “…the horse is a much better horse than he is showing in the Grand Prix today.  He is really under performing.”

However this morning, before the freestyle, we had a bit of a tune up at 7.00am in the main arena again.  Alabaster allowed me to help him heaps more and didn’t get so cranky with me when I helped him. Our test was soooooo….. much better. I could keep his concentration easier and he really tried to do the right thing. We did come ahead of the USA and Polish riders which was nice. So maybe I had better luck. One judge was a little harsh I thought, but from being first out today we did recover a lot of ground over yesterdays performance and did a much better job for Australia and ourselves.

Congratulations to Adelinde and Parzival!  They were brilliant and very inspiring.

The organising committee were very very helpful and wonderfully kind to all of us from “Down Under”, as they say.  Even with our silly questions they were super generous and made us feel very welcome.  A very big thankyou to the organisers of the World Cup Dressage  Final in s’Hertogenbosch for their wonderful support during our time at the show.

Many thanks to all my supporters in Australia. It does mean soooo…. much to have the support from back home. Sorry I let everyone down in the Grand Prix, but I feel we did redeem ourselves and Australia in the Grand Prix Freestyle today.

Alabaster having a quiet couple of days. Next weekend is Hagen and then Mannheim, which is the first Aussie Olympic qualifier for the London Olympics.  At Hagen there is expected to be quite a few Aussie competitors and supporters.  See you there.

Thankyou all again 🙂


World Cup Dressage Results – Grand Prix Freestyle – Saturday 21st April


     Grand Prix Freestyle starts at 10.00pm Sydney time and is live on FEI TV from 9.55pm.  Here is the link to FEI TV:

Here are the final results:

1.   Jaybee Alabaster (Downs/Sanna) – Aus – 🙂  71.339 (14th)

2.   Skovlunds Más Guapo (Lindh) – Fin – 71.696 (13th)

3.   Ekwador (Milczarek) – Pol – Eliminated

4.   Rafalca (Ebeling) – USA – 69.875 (15th)

5.   Come on lll (Harding) – USA – 68.821 (16th)

6.   Randon (Rapcewicz) – Pol – 65.804 (17th)

7.   El Santo NRW (Werth) – Ger – 79.964 (4th)

8.   FBW De Vito (Joergensen) – Denmark – 73.589 (10th)

9.   Girasol (Capellmann) – Ger – 75.696 (7th)


10.  Krawall (Schreven) – Ned – 73.464 (11th)

11.  Dorina (Helljesen) – Nor – 73.250 (12th)

12.  Don Auriello (Vilhelmson-Silfven) – Swe – 74.393 (9th)

13.  Damon Hill NRW (Langehanenberg) – Ger – 85.143 (2nd)

14.  Toy Story (Kittel) – Swe – 75.411 (8th)

15.  Jerich Parzival (Cornelissen) – Ned – 86.214 (1st)

16.  Hiscox Artemis (Davison) – GBR – 78.536 (5th)

17.  Glock’s Tango (Minderhoud) – Ned – 76.143 (6th)

18.  Eremo del Castegno (Truppa) – Ita – 81.232 (3rd)

If you want too see the scores from the individual judges follow this link:

World Cup Dressage Results – Grand Prix – Friday 20th April

Here are the final results:

1.   FBW De Vito (Joergensen) – Denmark – 71.337 (7th)

2.   Jerich Parzival (Cornelissen) – Ned – 78.024 (1st)

3.   El Santo NRW (Werth) – Ger – 69.833 (10th)

4.   Krawall (Schreven) – Ned – 69.179 (11th)

5.   Hiscox Artemis (Davison) – GBR – 73.374 (4th)

6.   Damon Hill NRW (Langehanenberg) – Ger – 76.368 (2nd)

7.   Eremo del Castegno (Truppa) – Ita – 75.122 (3rd)

8.   Glock’s Tango (Minderhoud) – Ned – 73.343 (5th)

9.   Randon (Rapcewicz) – Pol – 62.295 (18th)

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10. Toy Story (Kittel) – Swe – 72.751 (6th)

11. Skovlunds Más Guapo (Lindh) – Fin – 67.872 (14th)

12. Dorina (Helljesen) – Nor – 68.693 (12th)

13. Ekwador (Milczarek) – Pol – 66.140 (16th)

14. Don Auriello (Vilhelmson-Silfven) – Swe – 71.003 (8th)

15. Girasol (Capellmann) – Ger – 70.623 (9th)

16. Come on lll (Harding) – USA – 68.480 (13th)

17. Jaybee Alabaster (Downs/Sanna) – Aus – 🙂 66.915 (15th)

18. Rafalca (Ebeling) – USA – 65.319 (17th)

Top 15 Qualify for the Freestyle 

If you would like to see the complete set of results, with individual judges scores, then go to this link:  The Result of Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final at Indoor Brabant.

Draw and Results Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final at Indoor Brabant

If you want to see the full Draw for the Dressage World Cup Final and keep a tab on the results check out this link:




The Result of Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final at Indoor Brabant.

Competition starts at 12.00 midday (8.00pm) in Sydney.


World Cup Dressage Draw

Draw is out.  I am on at 2.55pm (10.55pm in Sydney if you want to watch). Second last to go and in between the 2 USA riders. Maybe my luck is changing. It is a great draw and I am very pleased with it.

I am riding again in the main arena between 7.00 – 9.00am in the morning. The earlier the better as there is the sound check for the CDI4* horses from about 8.00 – 8.45am. Would prefer to miss that one!  Bastie was very settled and happy all afternoon. There will a heap of Aussie’s floating around over the weekend and be really nice to see some friendly faces from home. This is also the 1st time I have ridden with judges and the supervising panel. Should be interesting. I can’t pick a winner of the World Cup yet. Sooo many nice horses and good riders here. 

It’s a such a privilege to be here for Australia.


My World Cup Dressage Diary – Thursday 19th April

Jaybee Alabaster went great in the horse inspection at 7.00am this morning. Patrik Kittel did the trot-up with Alabaster as my knee is better, but doesn’t like twisting too much. Had a ride in the main arena till 8.30am. All the horses went into the arena familarisation at the same time, so a lot of horses all going together. Alabaster a little afraid of that, but I gave him time and he went well.

This afternoon, another little walk under saddle and the Grand Prix draw. Can’t wait to find out when I am riding tomorrow. It’s lovely and cool in the stable area and out of the the weather as we are inside a gigantic hall. Once you start heading towards the main warm up arenas throughout the  adjoining halls, it gets warmer and warmer and warmer. The whole place is heated. In the main arena it was warm enough to ride in a t-shirt only. I didn’t take my jumper off though.

Alabaster has settled in really well. Not too many people around today, but it is getting busier. Tomorrow will a be crowd like Sydney Royal on Good friday. It is amazing and exciting to watch the worlds’ best trainers and riders and horses. It has been really lovely to catch up with people I haven’t seen since the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. It is a wonderful yet so relaxed atmosphere around the stables and training sessions. 

Excitement is mounting!  Just love this atmosphere…..


My World Cup Dressage Diary – 18th April (Part 2)

As I wrote in the first episode today I was going to ride Jaybee Alabaster at 9.30am.  Well I did with some painful consequences!  Imagine this: extended canter about to flying change, 1 hare and 2 very fast dogs all going head-on in the arena. I didn’t see it coming and neither did Alabaster. Poor thing got the fright of his life and YES guess where I ended up. In 3 seconds all over. Not too badly hurt tho. Still able to ride, but not sure about running in trot-up with very painful knee. Patrik to the rescue. YEAH!  The most important thing tho, is I didn’t break Clemens headset!  You know how very protective he is of his headset!  Broken bones OK but not broken headset! 

Quite funny in hindsight as I’ve been wondering what it would feel like if I came off after over 10 years of no falls.  Just shows: “Be careful what you think about…..”

After all that first up, today went well with our arrival in s’Hertogenbosch. The venue is awesome and hopefully tomorrow some pics of around the main arena and behind the scenes stable area. Thankyou to Equestrian Australia who did a great job organising the hotel, stabling and accreditation. Alabaster had a very short ride late this afternoon to give him a quiet leg stretch and let him see the venue little and also to check how my knee was to ride.  After my fall, I got back on at home, but then drove for 2 1/2 hours in the car and it was really painful. All ok when I ride, but hell to walk on. Hopefully after a rest and icing tonight I will be brand new in the morning. Horse Inspection (Trot Up) at 7.00am in the morning (Thursday 19th) and then arena familarisation for the main arena 7.00am-9.30am. Maybe after that we can fit breakfast in and a quick look into the shopping areas and the CDI4* starts around 10.00am. Hoping to catch up with Bev, Jaybee Alabaster’s owner tomorrow. Action filled day and there are alot of Aussie’s at this show. Will be great to catch up with them all.