Helen Langehanenberg & Damon Hill Win Stuttgart World Cup Grand Prix with Post Personal Best Score

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Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW in the final passage of the World Cup Grand Prix at Stuttgart that was a personal best score. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

STUTTGART, Germany, Nov. 16–Damon Hill NRW did not break a sweat when Helen Langehanenberg rode the stallion to a personal best Grand Prix score of 82.766 per cent Friday in the first show for the pair since winning Olympic team silver for Germany in London three months ago.

Kristina Sprehe and Desperados, their team mates at the London Games, were second on 77.255 per cent while Italy’s individual Olympic combination of Valentina Truppa and Eremo del Castegno were third on 75.362 per cent.

The German Masters at Stuttgart is the third of eight legs for the Western European League that will lead to the Reem Acra World Cup Final of the indoor circuit in Gothenburg, Sweden, next April. The WEL is one of four leagues–Central Europe, North America and the Pacific leagues are the others–that make up qualifying for the only annual global championship in dressage.

Helen said that after the London Games where the score for the combination was 81.140 per cent, their previous best, and third place individually in the Grand Prix that with the Olympic Grand Prix Special counted for the team competition, Damon Hill was hacked out and had a lot of down time until three weeks.

Then, she said, he was put back into work with no change in training regimen that led to them being selected for the all-woman German team.

“Everything is easier for him,” she said. “He knows what’s coming.

“He did not even sweat in the test so you can see how easy it is for him. I had the feeling he was just playing. We have changed nothing. He is fresh again.”

She plans to compete at the Amsterdam and Neumünster, Germany, World Cup qualifiers next year.

The ride for Helen and the 12-year-old Westfalen stallion (Donnerhall x Romanze x Rubinstein I) who is a popular sire, earned the pair seven 10s from the ground jury of five members with some wide disparities in the scoring. Poland’s Woijciech Markowski awarded the pair 87.234 per cent while Great Britain’s Andrew-Ralph Gardner gave them 79.468 per cent.

Peter Holler of Germany, president of the ground jury, said that at this high level of the sport, the score differences were “not a big problem.”

Three of the five judges scored 82-plus per cent which was close to the final result.

That one judge was more enthusiastic about the ride and another not but the final result is where most judges scored the pair “shows the system really works well.”

Kristina Sprehe and Desperados. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Kristina described Desperados as “tense,” though he did not appear so to observers at ring side.

“He was too fresh,” she said. “I couldn’t always ride him like I wanted.

RESULTS

Grand Prix
(E) (H) (C) (M) (B) Total
 
1. Damon Hill NRW Langehanenberg, Helen GER 2700 EUR 410.0 373.5 387.0 386.5 388.0 1945.0 points show score sheet
dchst 12-j.S v.Donnerhall/M.v.Rubinstein I/WESTF/GER26971/B: Christian Becks 87.234 % 79.468 % 82.340 % 82.234 % 82.553 % 82.766 %
1. 1. 1. 1. 1.
 
2. Desperados FRH Sprehe, Kristina GER 2000 EUR 359.0 354.0 374.0 353.5 375.0 1815.5 points show score sheet
black 11-j.S v.De Niro/M.v.Wolkenstein II/HANN/GER45347/B: Gestüt Sprehe GmbH 76.383 % 75.319 % 79.574 % 75.212 % 79.787 % 77.255 %
3. 2. 2. 2. 2.
 
3. Eremo del Castegno Truppa, Valentina ITA 1300 EUR 362.5 354.0 360.5 343.0 351.0 1771.0 points show score sheet
bay 11-j.G v.Rohdiamant/M.v.Weltmeyer/SI/ITA42367/B: Centro Equestre Monferrato 77.128 % 75.319 % 76.702 % 72.979 % 74.681 % 75.362 %
2. 2. 3. 3. 3.
 
4. Toots Schellekens-Bartels, Imke NED 1000 EUR 351.5 333.0 353.5 342.0 340.0 1720.0 points show score sheet
black 12-j.G v.Jazz/M.v.Havidoff/KWPN/102UD15/B: T. Bartels 74.787 % 70.851 % 75.212 % 72.765 % 72.340 % 73.191 %
4. 5. 4. 4. 5.
 
5. Schianto Johansen, Sidsel DEN 900 EUR 333.5 332.0 345.5 340.5 326.0 1677.5 points show score sheet
dbay 13-j.G v.Gribaldi/M.v.Schwadroneur/DWB/DEN02780/B: Jorgen Rosbog 70.957 % 70.638 % 73.511 % 72.447 % 69.362 % 71.383 %
6. 7. 5. 5. 9.
 
6. Uzzo Meer, Patrick van der NED 800 EUR 338.5 320.0 341.5 324.5 349.5 1674.0 points show score sheet
bay 11-j.G v.Lancet/M.v.Indoctro/KWPN/NED40460/B: Trainingsstal de hoeve 72.021 % 68.085 % 72.660 % 69.043 % 74.362 % 71.234 %
5. 9. 6. 11. 4.
 
7. Le Noir Gräf, Uta GER 700 EUR 329.5 334.0 332.0 335.5 326.5 1657.5 points show score sheet
black 12-j.S v.Leandro/M.v.Caletto I/HOLST/GER46057/B: Herzog,Christiane 70.106 % 71.064 % 70.638 % 71.383 % 69.468 % 70.532 %
8. 4. 8. 6. 8.
 
8. Akeem Foldager Thomsen, Joachim DEN 600 EUR 332.5 325.5 329.0 332.5 331.5 1651.0 points show score sheet
bay 10-j.G v.Akinos/M.v.Loran/DWB/103MU71/B: Patricia Florin 70.744 % 69.255 % 70.000 % 70.744 % 70.532 % 70.255 %
7. 8. 9. 8. 6.
 
Other, non-placed competitors
 
9. Don Auriello Vilhelmson-Silfven, Tinne SWE 321.5 333.0 336.5 334.0 322.0 1647.0 points show score sheet
bay 10-j.G v.Don Davidoff/M.v.White Star/HANN/GER43436/B: Lövsta Stuteri 68.404 % 70.851 % 71.596 % 71.064 % 68.511 % 70.085 %
11. 5. 7. 7. 11.
 
10. Riwera de Hus Michel, Jessica FRA 315.0 319.5 314.5 325.5 331.5 1606.0 points show score sheet
bay 11-j.M v.Welt Hit II/OLDBG/FRA44461/B: Haras de Hus 67.021 % 67.978 % 66.914 % 69.255 % 70.531 % 68.340 %
15. 10. 15. 9. 6.
 
11. Lento Schmidt, Hubertus GER 323.0 316.0 321.0 310.5 320.5 1591.0 points show score sheet
bay 12-j.S v.Lorentin I/M.v.Caletto II/HOLST/GER42971/B: Nagel-Tornau,Peter 68.723 % 67.234 % 68.298 % 66.064 % 68.191 % 67.702 %
10. 12. 10. 14. 12.
 
12. Axis TSF Stegars, Terhi FIN 329.5 308.5 321.0 319.5 312.0 1590.5 points show score sheet
black 13-j.S v.Sixtus/M.v.Angard/TRAK/GER44244/B: Terhi Stegars 70.107 % 65.638 % 68.298 % 67.979 % 66.383 % 67.681 %
8. 16. 10. 12. 14.
 
13. Orion Fortmüller, Pia CAN 318.5 318.0 318.0 325.5 306.0 1586.0 points show score sheet
chest 16-j.G v.Jazz/M.v.Consul/KWPN/CAN02511/B: Fortmüller,Pia 67.766 % 67.659 % 67.659 % 69.255 % 65.106 % 67.489 %
13. 11. 13. 9. 16.
 
14. Ekwador Milczarek, Katarzyna POL 321.0 316.0 320.5 309.0 307.5 1574.0 points show score sheet
grey 12-j.S v.Heraldik xx/M.v.Corofino/PHBA/POL01855/B: Katarzyna Milczarek & Jar 68.298 % 67.234 % 68.192 % 65.745 % 65.426 % 66.979 %
12. 12. 12. 15. 15.
 
15. Smeyers Molberg Krinke Susmelj, Marcela SUI 316.0 311.5 318.0 304.5 323.5 1573.5 points show score sheet
bay 11-j.G v.Michellino/M.v.Rambo/DWB/DEN40115/B: Irene Meyer 67.234 % 66.276 % 67.659 % 64.787 % 68.829 % 66.957 %
14. 15. 13. 16. 10.
 
16. Sini Spirit Kanerva, Emma FIN 315.0 314.0 312.5 316.0 313.5 1571.0 points show score sheet
chest 15-j.G v.Espri/M.v.Gluecksgriff/HANN/FIN40045/B: Oy,Sinituote 67.021 % 66.808 % 66.489 % 67.234 % 66.702 % 66.851 %
15. 14. 16. 13. 13.
 
 
 Judges: (E)  Dr.W.Markowski (POL)  Total prize money:
€10,000
(H)  A.Gardner (GBR)
(C)  P.Holler (GER)
(M)  R.Saleh (FRA)
(B)  Dr.D.Schüle (GER)