The 35-year old rider Adelinde Cornelissen disclosed that she contested the 2014 World Cup qualifier in Lyon, France, on 30 - 31 October with an injured leg. Six days ago, Cornelissen sustained a small fracture and dislocated joint in the calf bone at home in The Netherlands.
On Monday 27 October Adelinde fell off a young horse at home and injured her knee. She was transported to the hospital for a check up and got diagnosed with a dislocated joint of the fibula and a small fracture. She was prescribed four to six weeks of rest.
"Early Tuesday morning I tried riding Zephyr at home. I could sit on (him), but that was about it," Cornelissen explained. "Determined it would get better and (I) still had two days left before competition, we left for Lyon anyway."
Adelinde explained that her brother Ronald Cornelissen did the trot-up with Parzival at the horse inspection. "I would definitely not pass the vet check, still being lame myself," she joked.
The pain was controlled with medication and as of Wednesday Adelinde was able to ride Parzival and the 11-year old Zizitop (by Scandic x Belisar), which she brought along for training and the prize giving ceremonies. Adelinde won the Grand Prix with 78.620% and the World Cup kur to music with 80.300%.
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