Dutch A-team rider Anne Meulendijks made a winning international show debut on her brand new, second Grand Prix horse Edison at the 2019 CDI Kronenberg in The Netherlands on 7 - 8 June 2019. The pair danced to victory in Saturday's kur to music.
The CDI Kronenberg is a brand new international dressage competition hosted at equestrian De Peelbergen near Venlo, The Netherlands. The venue has hosted international show jumping competitions before but this is their first CDI and it co-incides with a para dressage CDI.
Aboard the Fiechter family's 10-year old Dutch warmblood Edison (by Johnson x Balzflug), Meulendijks started off with an 8th place in the Grand Prix on 68.826%. In the Kur to Music, the pair upped the ante and posted 73.400% for the victory in the freestyle, ahead of Swedish Michelle Hagman-Hassink on Gestut Sprehe's licensed stallion Destano (by Desperados). Anne rode to music borrowed from Edward Gal as she does not yet have her own music for Edison.
"It was out fourth show together so we don't know each other 100% yet," Meulendijks told Eurodressage. "That is why there were a few tension issues because of the (windy) weather. Today I was better prepared so we could produce a much better freestyle. We've only been a combination for a short time and still need to get to know each other. But he's such an incredibly cool competition horse."