Early Tuesday morning April 21, 2009, all European based World Cup Finalist horses landed in Liege, Belgium, after an eventful week at the 2009 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, U.S.A.
Dutch rider Adelinde Cornelissen was unable to participate as she had to pull out her horse Parzival following a tendon injury.
Cornelissen trailered her 13-year old Dutch warmblood gelding by Jazz straight to Dutch team veterinarian Jan Greve to do additional scans of his tendon. The news was good as the injury turned out to be less severe than feared. None of the tendons are injured but the annular ligament is slightly strained.
"What a relief," Adelinde told Horses of the Dutch. "I'm quite comforted now. The annular ligament is damaged but that heals. It won't be a very long process. It will take some time, but it won't take months before it's healed."
Nevertheless, Cornelissen will take it slow and easy on Parzival to ensure the best recovery. "I don't have a concrete plan for the future yet," she told Eurodressage. "First I have to make sure Parzival gets fit again! I'm hand walking him now. I'll hope he'll be fit again as soon as possible but I'm definitely giving him the necessary time. I absolutely don't want to start to early."
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