Dressage Horse Parzival Withdrawn from World Cup Finals

Linda Zang, President of the Ground Jury at the FEI World Cup Finals, announced Wednesday afternoon that dressage horse Parzival had sustained a tendon injury and was unable to continue in the competition.

The 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, ridden by Adelinde Cornelissen of the Netherlands and owned by Henk Koers, showed some mild signs of lameness in his left front leg on Tuesday. Although Cornelissen kept the horse at a walk, the lameness became more evident during their designated schooling period Wednesday.

Once a veterinarian examined the leg and confirmed the presence of an injury, the decision was made to withdraw from the competition. No comment was available from Cornelissen or her group as to the extent of the injury or Parzival's potential ability to return to competition in the future.

The FEI World Cup Finals runs April 15-19 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas and features top show jumping and dressage riders from around the world.

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