Adelinde Cornelissen is een Nederlandse dressuuramazone die op Grand Prix-niveau rijdt. Tijdens het EK 2009 behaalde Adelinde met het Nederlandse team een Europese Gouden medaille, individueel reed ze een Wereldrecord in de Grand Prix Spécial en won daarmee individueel Europees Goud, en in de Kür op Muziek won ze een zilveren medaille met haar toppaard Parzival. In 2011 won de combinatie de finale van de FEI World Cup Dressage en prolongeerde zij haar EK titel in de Grand Prix Spécial.
Adelinde Cornelissen is geboren op 8 juli 1979. Op 2-jarige leeftijd kreeg ze twee Shetlandpony's om te verzorgen.
Na de winter gingen de Shetlanders terug naar hun eigenaar en Adelinde had haar zinnen gezet op een eigen pony, maar haar ouders besloten dat het verstandiger was om eerst op les te gaan, dit gebeurde bij Manege Smit te Pesse. Schimmel Blue Moon bracht Adelinde de eerste stappen van het ponyrijden bij. Vervolgens kwam er daadwerkelijk een eigen pony, genaamd Ayesha. Ayesha was een C-Pony en ingeschreven bij het Welsh stamboek, afstammend van de hengst Valentino. Ayesha werd opgeleid tot Z2 dressuur en met deze pony behaalde Adelinde haar eerste grote successen.
In 1995 werd ze Nederlands Kampioen Z2 indoor en in het outdoorseizoen herhaalde ze dit en werd wederom Nederlands Kampioen Z2. Met Ayesha werd ook gefokt, hieruit kwamen de pony's Whitsun en Mr. Pride voort. Beide pony's werden opgeleid tot de klasse Z2 door Adelinde en daarbij behaalde ze verschillende Brabantse titels. Met Mr. Pride behaalde Adelinde in 1997 opnieuw een nationale titel, bij de KNF werd ze Kampioen klasse Z1.
In hetzelfde jaar rondde Adelinde haar middelbare schooltijd af met een VWO-diploma en ging ze Engels studeren aan de universiteit. In 1998 kreeg Adelinde een mooi aanbod op paardengebied. Ze kon in Canada een baan krijgen op een nieuw paardenbedrijf.
Adelinde had inmiddels de overstap naar de paarden gemaakt en reed Z2 dressuur en Z springen met het paard Innovation. Toen Adelinde terugkwam in Nederland maakte ze haar universitaire opleiding af en ging aan de slag als docente Engels in Meppel. Inmiddels had Adelinde alweer een aantal paarden naar het Z2 gereden en kreeg toen in 2002 Parzival te rijden. De inmiddels mede-eigenaar van Parzival, Henk Koers, vroeg of Adelinde de ruin niet wou voorrijden voor potentiële kopers. Parzival was echter erg heet en vlug en de koop ging niet door en Adelinde bleef Parzival rijden. Parzival is een voskleurige nakomeling van de hengst Jazz. Adelinde ging trainen bij Johan Hamminga. In 2004 werd Adelinde met Parzival Nederlands Kampioen Z2.
Na het behalen van deze titel was er intresse in Parzival maar Adelinde had haar maatje gevonden en werd mede-eigenaar van het paard. De overstap naar de Subtop werd gemaakt en niet zonder resultaat, direct in 2004 werd Adelinde Reservekampioen ZZ-licht.
In februari 2005 was er wederom een nationale reservetitel, maar dit maal weer een klasse hoger, in het ZZ-Zwaar. In 2006 leverde het Nederlands Kampioenschap in de Lichte Tour Adelinde en Parzival een 4e plaats op. In 2007 werd vervolgens de overstap gemaakt naar de Zware Tour, Grand Prix. Presteren op dit niveau vergt veel tijd en inspanningen, daarom is Adelinde minder gaan werken als docente en zich nog beter gaan concentreren op haar sportieve carrière met Parzival.
Direct tijdens het eerste seizoen in de Zware Tour won Adelinde het Nederlandse Kampioenschap. Tijdens het outdoor NK in Nijmegen werden Adelinde en Parzival 6e. Inmiddels is ook het internationale debuut achter de rug. In Falsterbo werd twee maal een tweede plaats behaald in de Grand Prix achter dressuurruiter Jan Brink. In 2008 tijdens het Nederlandse Indoor Kampioenschap wordt Adelinde nipt tweede, achter amazone Anky van Grunsven. Adelinde is met Parzival inmiddels opgenomen in het nationale B-kader van bondscoach Sjef Janssen. Naast het paardrijden en lesgeven op school geeft Adelinde ook enkele paardrijlessen. Ze heeft hiervoor de 3e fase ORUN behaald. Op dit moment is Parzival het enige toppaard van Adelinde, maar er staat wel een drietal jonge paarden op stal.
Twee afstammelingen van Jazz en een nakomeling van de hengst Scandic uit een volle zus van Parzival.
Adelinde is ook geselecteerd voor het Olympisch Kader, in voorbereiding op de Olympische Spelen van Hong Kong in 2008. Uiteindelijk werd besloten dat Adelinde als reserve mee zou reizen naar Hong Kong. Hier heeft ze met Parzival goed kunnen trainen maar hoefde ze haar taak als reserve niet in te vullen.
Na het winnen van een aantal Wereldbekerkwalificaties mocht de amazone met Parzival deelnemen aan de Wereldbekerfinale 2008 in Las Vegas. Echter wachtte haar daar grote pech. Parzival raakte tijdens het losrijden flink geblesseerd en liep een peesblessure op. Een lange periode van herstel wachtte voor Adelinde en Parzival.
Echter samen met dierenarts Jan Greeve en haar team heeft Adelinde Parzival weer snel fit kunnen krijgen.
In Hickstead 2009 reed de amazone voor het eerst weer de baan in met de grote vos ruin. Mede dankzij de trainingen bij Sjef Janssen lijkt Parzival nog beter dan voor zijn blessure. In de Grand Prix wordt de combinatie 2e achter Edward Gal met Totilas. Ook in de Kür moest Adelinde Edward voor laten gaan maar de amazone behaalde een prachtige 2e plaats met en score van 82.20%. Hiermee lieten Adelinde en Parzival genoeg zien om door de bondscoach gekozen te worden als teamlid voor het Europees Kampioenschap.
Dit Europese Kampioenschap vond plaats in de eerste week van september in Windsor, Engeland nabij het Windsor Castle. Adelinde en Parzival werden in de Grand Prix 2e. Samen met Edward Gal, Anky van Grunsven en Imke Schellekens-Bartels won de amazone haar eerste Europese titel voor Nederland.
In de Grand Prix Spécial waren Adelinde en Parzival werkelijk fantastisch. Ze zetten een nieuw wereldrecord in de Spécial op het scorebord van 84.043% en werden daarmee Europees Kampioen. Op de slotdag van het EK dressuur werd daar met een prachtige Kür nog een zilveren medaille aan toegevoegd.
In december 2009 krijgt Adelinde de Grand Prix-ruin Wunschtraum op stal. De Hannoveraan is een zoon van de hengst Warkant en is geboren in 1996. In januari 2010 verzekert Adelinde zich van haar toekomst met Parzival. Ze koopt het aandeel van dhr. Koers met dank aan haar nieuwe sponsor Jerich. Parzival zal dan vanaf nu door het leven gaan als Jerich Parzival.
Een aantal dagen daarna krijgt ze wederom uitbreiding op stal. De derde bezichtigingshengst Bretano, gefokt uit een volle zus van Parzival krijgt ze te rijden. Helaas heeft Adelinde van deze talentvolle hengst te vroeg afscheid moeten nemen door een noodlottig ongeval.
Het tweede Europees Kampioenschap wat zij rijdt met Jerich Parzival is in Rotterdam. Tijdens de GP Spécial waarin zij haar Europese titel verdedigt rijdt zij een programmafout. Gelukkig weet zij zichzelf goed te herpakken en rijdt foutloos door. De programmafout heeft geen roet in het eten kunnen gooien en ze kan haar Europese titel prolongeren met een score van 82.113 %
In 2011 won zij de Reem Acra FEI Best Athlete Award 2011.
Adelinde Cornelissen’s training learned in teaching kids and watching
Training the difficult Parzival to the top of the dressage world took all of Adelinde Cornelissen’s experience teaching high school and hanging out at warm up arenas watching the pros as she didn’t have enough money for regular lessons. Although she and Parzival began 2010 ranked second in the world–they were leaders for two months in 2009–to the megastar combination of Moorlands Totilas and Edward Gal, the 30-year-old Dutch rider presents a face of dressage that riders from the elite to the wannabes can admire and aspire to emulate.
Taking a horse that no one could ride to pursue her hobby, she and the 13-year-old chestnut gelding won team gold and individual gold in the Grand Prix Special to set a world record score of 84.04 per cent and become the only combination to beat Totilas and Edward at Grand Prix level. In the freestyle, they won silver to gold for Totilas and Edward. With savings, help from her parents and sponsorship of clothing from Anky van Grunsven’s fashion line and feed from Havens, she quit her job as a school teacher to pursue her goal of being the best.
She has a steely resolve to succeed and hates to lose
Always ready to laugh, mostly at herself, and a total lack of pretension–being at the top is “unreal… like you’re talking about someone else”– she nevertheless has a steely resolve to succeed and hates to lose. While she builds a business teaching riding in the small village of Beilen in the north of Holland so she can continue to improve her own riding, she is helping a 20-year-old who is in the same boat she was: no horse and little money but talent and a lot of desire. Adelinde’s career no longer rests solely on Parzival, as it did in 2009 when she won the FEI World Cup West European League but had to scratch from the Final in Las Vegas the day before the start when the horse came up lame.
Now, from the breeder Emmy de Jeu she has the eight-year-old Contango chestnut gelding Vivace de Jeu for whom she has high hopes. Emmy de Jeu is also the owner of Sisther de Jeu, the 11-year-old Gribaldi mare that Edward Gal trains and competes at Grand Prix.
Adelinde owns half of Ulissa, a 2001 dark bay mare by Olivi out of a Jetset D mare, and is training Tiara, a 2000 black mare by Jazz out of a Gardeoffizier mare. Adelinde started riding when she was six years old, taking lessons at a local riding school. A year later she got her own pony, Birgitte, and her parents, both teachers, bred another pony they owned to produce, Ayesha. With one lesson a week at the riding school to learn the basics she hung out at shows to see how other others rode.
“I went to shows–more jumping than dressage–watching everybody in the warm up. How do they do things? How do they fix problems? That’s actually how I learned. “I learned the hard way because I had those horses starting from scratch. So you come across a lot of problems. “I have to see it, I have to watch it. then I can try and do it.” On the Welsh pony, Ayesha, she became Dutch champion twice, and was also champion on Mr. Pride in the late 1990s. After a year of university, she took off for Canada for a year then returned home to finish school and get a job teaching English at high school. But she had no horse and a teacher’s salary.
I could ride Parzival for three or four strides
At the time he was a five-year-old who had grown up in a field by himself. No social life with other horses, no learning from other horses how to behave. The owner hired Adelinde to ride the horse to prepare him for sale. A couple of customers came but “he went flying through the stable and no one wanted to sit on him, so the owner got stuck with the horse.” “I actually figured he was going to be a good horse,” she recalled, “but that was because I could ride him for three or four strides and it was like ‘wow!’ Then he’d go off again.
“I thought if I could can get him to do that for 10 minutes or five minutes or six minutes for a test, he’s going to be a pretty good horse.
“I didn’t know he was going to be a Grand Prix horse, that he would do piaffe and all that, and besides that i had never been higher than medium level. So I told the owner if you can’t sell him now, if I ride him and go to a couple of shows may be that will be easier to sell him.”
Initially, that was both good and not so good. The good was that Parzival and Adelinde were working well together in a small outdoor ring at home.
The not so good was that at some of the early shows the pair would enter at A, she recalls, laughing at it now, and Parzival would turn around six times. They would halt at X and he would turn around some more. That was even before the first movement to track right.
They scored as low as 40 per cent and a couple of times had to quit part way through. He never jumped out of the arena, but once going around before the start of the test he was so scared he jumped into the ring. The judge let her leave and start by entering at A. What was Adelinde’s approach to training Parzival? It was, she said, “very similar” to working with children.
“You need to be very, very disciplined, but also you have to keep them happy otherwise they’re not willing to work,” she said. “They have to like the work. and that’s with difficult kids, too. “They’re not going to work because they think they’re going to have a good job later on.
“First of all, they have to like you because you’re telling them what they have to do. If you tell them they have to do that, and they’re doing it for you and not for themselves. Later on they do it for themselves. They have to like the work, be happy and figure out the best way for them to learn.
You have to adapt to the horses and just never give up
“Also with the kids, there’s not just one way that’s going to work for every kid. With the horses it’s exactly the same. Every horse is not the same, so you have to adapt to the horses and just never give up. “Horses and kids… there are a lot of similarities.” Teaching is fun, and some of her students still send her emails when they go on a school trip asking her to go with them. “I miss the teaching part, working with the children, that’s what I miss, if you can help them on their way becoming something.” she said. “All the meetings, parent-teacher meetings, I don’t miss that.”
By 2007, Adelinde and Parzival were making their mark at international competitions, posting scores that began in the mid-60 per cent to well into the 70s by year’s end. She was getting regular training but wasn’t satisfied. “People said that getting Parzival to 70 per cent was ‘nice,” she said, “but I thought the horse had more in him.”So when she was named reserve to the 2008 Olympic squad she switched to training with Sjef Janssen, national coach whom she credits with helping raise their scores by 10 per cent. Sjef Janssen is also credited with developing The Netherlands’ dressage program that has taken the country to the pinnacle of the sport.
He is married to Anky van Grunsven, the leading exponent of the musical freestyle for more than a decade of legendary battles with Germany’s Isabell Werth for supremacy in dressage. Membership in the elite squad that includes Anky, Edward, Imke Schellekens-Bartels and Hans Peter Minderhoud led to Adelinde deciding that she couldn’t teach school and ride at the top level. “If you try and do both things good they’re not going to work out,” she said. “I’m doing the horse back riding now and I can always go back to school if I want to. So I quit my job.
I know what it’s like to not have money
Life became completely different. “I didn’t have a barn, anything. I just had Parzival and no money any more.” The barn she rents in Beilin is perfect for her. She gets up about 6:30 a.m. to go running then works her horses from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. She teaches riding until 9 to 10 at night. Most of the time she has no groom so does everything with the horses from tacking up to washing off. It’s very quiet and she is the only boarder. She has more than enough stalls but doesn’t want to fill them all, anyway, preferring quality to quantity. She doesn’t see it as work–”it’s my hobby and I earn my money with it now. It’s fun. It’s good.”
Most of the time, she said, “I like to work alone. I like working with just the horses.” Except for Charissa, a 20-year-old girl who lives an hour north of Beilin. Charissa took lessons from Adelinde but the horse she rode was sold. She has a job but spends her spare time at the barn helping Adelinde and spending hours avidly watching Adelinde teach to soak up as much knowledge as possible. “Charissa’s pretty talented and I like to help her,” Adelinde said. “It’s fun because I know what it’s like to not have money, no big truck, no arena. If you don’t have any money you figure it’s not going to be possible to ride professionally. To see her so eager to learn and having a lot of talent I really like to help her.”
The original owner, now half owner with Adelinde and her family owning the other half, still wants to sell Parzival. The value has gone up because of the success. There have been offers, she said, but they have been for someone else to ride him. Adelinde made it clear when she bought a half interest she had no intention of selling. She hopes to put together a small group to buy out the other half owner to enable her to keep riding Parzival, a solution that would satisfy everyone.
She’s setting goals through 2012.
First, the World Cup Final in ’s-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands in March–she shares the lead at the top of the West European League standings with only three of nine qualifiers remaining. After that is the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky which, if she qualifies for the Dutch team, may be the only time that Parzival performs in the Americas. Finally, the Olympic Games in London in 2012.
An interesting aspect of Parzival’s training is that many dressage critics place the horse in the so-called classical school.
Adelinde explains that her training with Sjef Janssen, identified with application of so-called hyperflexion, has produced results for her and Parzival. “I do flex horses,” she said. “First, I think you need to keep the horses happy, then suppple them up. You need to be up there and also down there and every step in between. You need to be able to control the speed, how fast you’re going, how you’re riding. “You don’t keep riding for an hour in the same position because I think that’s wrong, whatever that position is.
“I don’t have my system that I’m going to force the horse to follow. I know a lot of different methods, whatever you want to call them, and then you have to apply what works for the horse. You also have to understand his temperament, how willing he is, even on any day because they’re not the same every day.” She learned a great deal from years of watching warm up of both jumpers and dressage including when she was at the 2008 Olympics.
I think if you’re open minded you should pick what’s right for you.
“I think the hardest part is to get people who are not open minded to have a really objective view on those systems, what they see now as the Dutch rollkur or whatever,” she said. “Before all this discussion starts if you have already said that I ride the German classic way, if that’s your only right way of training and you are not open minded to other things, then you can never convince those persons that there may be other systems, too. “I think if you’re open minded you should pick what’s right for you. There are a lot of good things in the German classic system, too. But I think you pick out from every method what is right. Every single training method can be wrong if you don’t use it the right way.”
Top athletes in track and field or gymnastics stretch their muscles, but if it is overdone the muscles can break down instead of building up.
“I just like to be open minded to any method. I don’t want to stick to a system. I think in the end we all want the same. We want a happy athlete, we want a horse that is flexible but not at a cost of all. Just like every human athlete has his limits so every horse has his limits, too. “Sure you want to try and stretch the limits to get higher scores and all that, but not at any cost.” Adelinde said she likes the strong team spirit within the top Dutch squad that have a lot in common. She and Imke Schellekens-Bartels train with Sjef Janssen, Hans Peter Minderhoud trains with Anky van Grunsven as Edward used to.
Her priority for now is the sport, working with horses.
At the European Championships in Windsor, England, there was “really a team spirit” very much like the team spirit she admires in the Germans. “When there’s this huge championship they just stick together and go for it and never give up.” she said, citing their bronze medal at the Europeans despite being discounted even by their own countrymen. “They stick together and they end up third and ride really good tests,” she recalled. “Some of those riders had never been to really big championships, and now they ride 70/71 per cent, and I think that’s because of their team spirit. They’re very good.” As for herself, her priority for now is the sport, working with horses.
“For now on I want to get the horses to a higher level, get better and better,” she said. “I still think I haven’t made it. I know it’s weird. I was number one in the world but I don’t see myself as number one in the world. I don’t even think about it. “For me there is so much to learn, to get even better in my riding. “Sure I was glad when I became European champion. I can’t say I forgot about it, but it’s like, ‘that’s good, but I can still do better.’ That’s what I’m working on every day.
“I want to get better, and that’s probably beause I had to work my way up and had to get better and better and better in my own riding otherwise I wasn’t going to beat everybody. It probably became my way of thinking. So when someone tells me you’re number one in the world, it’s like.. ‘yeah, right!’ It always feels unreal. I know I am but it feels like someone else is. “If you’re really satisfied with what you’ve achieved, you think that’s it, then you stand still and don’t progress any more. You’re going to lose.”
Info op dressage-news.com d.d. 21 januari 2012
Adelinde and Parzival dominate Amsterdam world cup freestyle
Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival served notice they are ready to defend their World Cup title when they won the Jumping Amsterdam Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday with their highest score in a year and the third highest ever for the pair with a dominating performance.
Adelinde and the 15-year-old KWPN geldng (Jazz x Fidora x Ulft) scored 87.050 per cent to complete their second World Cup event that qualifies them for the Final at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, in April.
The only two previous higher scores were at Den Bosch a year ago and then the personal best of 88.838 per cent at the European Campionships in Rotterdam six months ago.
Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg on Damon Hill NRW scored 83.150 per cent for second place while compatriot Isabell Werth on El Santo NRW were third on 81.625 per cent.
With a display of supreme confidence, the defending champions threw down the highest score of the season so far to make it a back-to-back double following their victory in Mechelen, Belgium last month in the Western European League.
But with the maximum 20 points going to the second-place rider, as the previous year’s winners do not collect points during the following season, there was a tremendous battle for the minor placings.
And Helen Langehanenberg came off best in a tussle with Isabell Werth who had to settle for third place despite one of the most exciting performances of the day.
The result has moved Langehanenberg into third on the series leaderboard with just two qualifying rounds left to go. And there is a new leader, as Italy’s Valentina Truppa, who finished fifth this afternoon, ousted Sweden’s Patrik Kittel from the top of the table.
There is a keen battle amongst the German contingent for a starting spot at the World Cup Dressage Final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands next April. And Nadine Capellmann did her chances no harm with a lovely test that led the way at the halfway stage.
She left the considerably more-experienced Elvis at home in Aachen, and instead brought out her 11-year-old Gribaldi mare, Girasol 7, who produced some lovely work throughout a calm, quiet and happy test that was full of lightness and life to earn a mark of 76.200.
That remained the target score until Truppa, winner at the fifth leg in Frankfurt in December and at Lipica, Slovakia, earlier last year, swept into the lead when awarded 76.775 per cent for her test with Eremo del Castegno. But then Dutch star, Edward Gal really pleased the home crowd with a dramatic performance from the 13-year-old mare Sisther de Jeu whose extravagant extended trot and big piaffe helped put 79.875 per cent on the board.
Their lead wouldn’t last long, as Cornelissen and Parzival swaggered down the centreline to take command. Cornelissen insists she can never be sure she can win when she goes into the ring, but admitted that Parzival “just keeps getting better and better and better! He continues to amaze me, he still gets better every day,” she said. Isabell Werth refused to be intimidated by the Dutch rider’s score, however, and set off with gusto to produce a spectacular test from El Santo NRW. The bay gelding powered through extended trot, passage and canter pirouette, and Werth’s enormous smile after saluting the judges said it all–81.625 per cent.
But with those tantalising 20 points still up for grabs, it was Helen Langehanenberg who came closest to Cornelissen’s score as, second-last to go, the 12-year-old stallion, Damon Hill NRW, showed his class to put 83.150 per cent on the scoreboard.
“The feeling today was really good–even better than yesterday,” she said afterwards. “My horse loves to perform in the arena and he really fought for me and I loved it!” said the rider who plans one more World Cup outing–at Neumunster, Germany next month – before the the Final.
Adelinde saidof her ride, “I can’t say he did bad – can I? He was a bit spooky in one corner, but you can make your own program and avoid it. Of course there are things that can go better, but so far I am satisfied.”
Wim Ernes commented on the early departure of Sweden’s Minna Telde and the stallion, Santana, who retired when the horse became upset during his test. “I’m very sad for her,” he said. “We have to ring the bell after 20 seconds, she had several times of resistance and we tried to give her time to recover. The horse has only one eye, and I think he heard or saw something. We were ready to ring the bell but she withdrew at the same moment–at the end she couldn’t go on.”