GRAND PRIX SPECIAL — LONE JOERGENSEN & CORINNA
The Grand Prix Special at Boneo again saw Mary and Lone go head-to-head. This time, it was Lone and Corinna who emerged victorious, posting a huge score of 75.390% — with Mary in second on 74.220%. As mentioned earlier, Lone and the 13-year-old Danish warmblood mare posted 74.094% for second place in the Grand Prix.
Lone, who won both the Grand Prix and Special at the Victorian Dressage Festival in December 2020 with scores of 73.949% and 74.752% respectively, was thrilled that she and Corinna could better both of those scores at Boneo.
“I’m totally happy with the horse, she has developed really, really well,” says Lone. “Admittedly, the 10 months’ lockdown was actually very good,” she adds, in reference to the Victorian Covid-19 lockdown in 2020. “Finally, we had time to work on the fine-tuning and on the finesse. In 2019, everything had to go a bit quick and it was all a bit under pressure. So that was actually really good to just stay at home and work on everything you needed to do and try to improve the horse. And then it was actually more like, ‘I don’t really want to go to any shows, it’s better at home’!” she laughs.
Lone explains that the improvement in Corinna over the past few months has largely been the mare’s general rideability. “She’s easy to manoeuvre around and do the things which she has to do. It took a bit of time for her to get an understanding of all of that. She has become clearly better in the pirouettes and the piaffe.
“(At Boneo) she was a lot better in the transitions into the passage; it was more rideable and she found the rhythm quicker,” says Lone, explaining that it was just small things like that that saw her scores improve. “It’s of course a difference if you get a 7.5 instead of a 6.5. That 7.5 makes a difference at the end of the day.
“First of all, you need to get these things better at home… but then you also need to get these things good in the warm-up, and then you need to get it all in the test. And that, of course, is the biggest challenge!”
For Lone, pinpointing highlights of the Special at Boneo is difficult. “To be honest, I can’t really tell you the highlights because I’m really bad at assessing my own riding,” she laughs. “That’s why I’ve got my husband doing it! I hate to watch my own videos. I find so many things where I don’t think it’s good; I have to stop watching it because I get too critical.”
Corinna is owned by Frank and Pauline Carnovale, and Lone is thankful to be riding her. “It’s a great pleasure for me to ride the horse. Pauline could ride her herself if she wanted to, but at the moment they are enjoying the journey, no doubt about that! It’s really good fun and it’s really good to work together with them,” says Lone. Pauline is an accomplished Grand Prix rider in her own right; at Boneo she was fourth with Captain Cooks on 67.790% in the Grand Prix and second in the Freestyle on 73.483%. “(Pauline) is improving Captain Cooks all the time,” says Lone, who coaches the pair.
When asked where she will be heading next, Lone explains that she and Corinna won’t travel to Willinga Park. “I probably would have if it had been a CDI, but we don’t have any CDIs at the moment. And the thing is, the horse is working really good and she’s proven that she has improved,” says Lone, adding that her plan is instead to head home and keep training. The next time we are likely to see the pair competing is at Dressage with the Stars at Werribee in March.
In terms of Tokyo, Lone hopes that the Olympics will go ahead. “I personally hope this is going to go on. I hope they’re going to do it. If they (the organising committee and IOC) really think they could do it, then they will have some really good plans in place; how to do it and make it safe.” Lone feels that Covid-19 is going to be around for quite some time, and her hope is that major events such the Olympics and World Championships will find a way to go ahead. Could we see Lone — who is Danish-born and has previously represented her country of birth at two Olympic Games — competing for Australia on a Danish-bred horse at the World Championships in Denmark next year (or Tokyo this year)? Time will tell!