Dutch Rider Eliminated From European Dressage Championship After Blood Spotted on Horse’s Mouth

Published 09/12/2021, 10:24 AM EDT


Due to a very unfortunate incident, the Dutch pair of Adelinde Cornelissen and Governor-STR had to quit the European Dressage Championship owning to the blood rules.

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Adelinde Cornelissen is a professional equestrian athlete. The 42-year-old, hailing from the Netherlands, has had several feats over the course of years. Cornelissen not only bagged two Olympic medals in London but has also bagged gold and two bronze in World Championships.

She won her first senior title at the national level when she obtained the Z2-class with Parzival. Parzival, her ride, has been her constant companion starting from 2009, until 2016. In the year 2010, while competing at the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games, Cornelissen was removed from the Grand prix since her horse, Parzival’s mouth was filled with blood. Since the horse had bitten his tongue, it was imperative for the duo to stop the play.

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The duo last competed together in the Summer Games at Rio. Afterwards, she switched between Henkie, Governer STR and Fleau de Baian. Cornelissen had won a grand total of 9 European Dressage Championships. She was aiming for a 10th. But, along with her ride, Governor STR, she had to step out from a recent competition in Germany.

What happened at the European Dressage Championship?

As the Dutch pair Adelinde Cornelissen and Governor-STR were planning to perform at the European Dressage Championships, the horse’s mouth bled. Consequently, the duo had to back out.

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Even though the duo were the third ones to perform, owing to the blood rules set by the International Federation of Equestrian sport, they could not take part further in the competition. Apparently, the judge, Henning Lehrmann, stepped up in the middle of the event and rang the bell to wipe the horse’s mouth.

Even though the combination scored 72.48% in the Grand prix, they finished 5th in the team event. Furthermore, they were 23rd on the individual leaderboard and attracted the audience’s attention.

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Moving forward in the completion, taking part in the Grand Pix special, they claimed the 18th rank for their team event. However, they were successful at finishing in the top 15 during the freestyle event, because of the other members withdrawing from the team. Since this was the duo’s first international event together, it makes it even more upsetting. Moreover, reaching the score of 73% when the bell rang made Adelinde even more disappointed.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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