Today the 2012 World Cup Finals started with a bang in 's Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, due to an eventful vet inspection where three of 18 horses ended up in the holding box. Two of them passed at the second trot up, but World Cup title defender Parzival was held for re-inspection tomorrow morning at 9 AM.
An hour after the 7 AM vet inspection this morning, Cornelissen rode Parzival in the training session in the main arena, followed by her upcoming Grand Prix horse Galahad (by Jazz).
At the 2009 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, Parzival injured a tendon before the start of the show and was not able to compete. Three years later, Cornelissen's life partner Sjaak van der Lei believes it won't be such a big deal this year.
"Parzival was not 100% level during the vet check," van der Lei told Dutch equestrian magazine Horses.nl. "Adelinde trained him this morning. You don't see anything on Parzival. We know for sure he'll be fit tomorrow and part of the competition."
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