Helen Langehanenberg Scores Personal Lifetime Best Riding Damon Hill to Victory at Stuttgart World Cup Freestyle
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16 November 2013
STUTTGART, Germany, Nov. 16–Helen Langehanenberg rode Damon Hill NRW to victory in the German Masters Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday with a lifetime personal best score of 89.775 per cent in the first step of her campaign to defend the World Cup title the German pair won seven months ago.
The performance by Helen and the 13-year-old Westfalen stallion (Donnerhall x Rubenstein I), Germany’s top ranked partnership at No. 2 in the world, was the second German Masters title in a row and surpassed their previous best result of 88.286 per cent the pair posted in claiming the World Cup in Sweden in April.
“I had the best feeling ever riding him,” Helen said after the event which was he first of two qualifiers she needs to get an automatic entry to the Final in Lyon, France next April as the title defender. “The horse gave me the feeling, he will do everything for me.”
Some of the loudest cheers were showered on Isabell Werth who rode El Santo NRW, the horse at the center of a six-month suspension the rider has appealed, to second place on 83.125 per cent. It was their second best Freestyle result, behind 84.050 per cent posted at Munich in May, 2012.
Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén and Don Auriello were third on 83.325 per cent.
“I’m really pleased with him, he has developed and matured a lot more and now I can take the power that he shows in the warm-up into the arena with me.” Tinne said. “He’s so self-assured now, and loves the audience and the atmosphere. That makes a big difference to the kind of performances you can produce.”
Tinne plans to compete at the next leg of the World Cup circut near her home in Stockholm.
After that, Don Auriello will spend winter in Florida where Tinne made the Grand Prix debut of the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding almost three years ago and since then have competed at the Olympics, European Championships and two World Cup Finals.
“We will go to the U.S. just before Christmas,” she said. “It will be much nicer for him than a cold winter in Stockholm.”
The results vaulted Isabell into second place in the West European League standings with 35 points–she was awarded the 20 points for first because the title defender gets no points–and two points behind Switzerland’s Marcella Krinke Susmelj who had earned points in the Central European League. Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén was in third place on 34 points.
This premier German indoor event, hosting the second of eight West European League qualifiers for the Final in Lyon, France next April, also saw other personal best results, including two 20-something German riders.
Fabienne Lütkemeier, aged 24, and D’Agostino logged their personal best of 78.400 for fourth place and 27-year-old Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, who married in the summer, also posted a personal best score on Unee BB of 76.225 per cent for seventh place.
The next WEL qualifier is scheduled for Stockholm at the end of this month.
West European League standings after two of eight competitions:
1. KRINKE SUSMELJ, Marcela SUI 37
2. WERTH, Isabell GER 35
3. VILHELMSSON SILFVÉN, Tinne SWE 34
4T. KEMPKES, Matthias GER 23
4T. LÜTKEMEIER, Fabienne GER 23
6T. FARBROT, Ellen Birgitte NOR 20
6T. KASPRZAK, Anna DEN 20
6T. WERNDL, Jessica GER 20
9T. SOLDI, Ester ITA 19
9T. VAN DER MEER, Patrick NED 19
11T. WEINBAUER, Belinda AUT 17
11T. BARBANÇON MESTRE, Morgan ESP 17
13. MISSIAEN, Simon BEL 16
14T. BERESFORD, Hayley AUS 15
14T. ZIMMER, Sylvia GER 15
16T. SPREHE, Kristina GER 13
16T. MERRALD, Nanna Skodborg DEN 13
17T. HÄCKI, Caroline SUI 12
17T. HAMILTON, Malin SWE 12
17T.. TELDE, Minna SWE 12
20. MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter NED 11
21T. HEIJKOOP, Danielle NED 10
21T. COSTANTINI, Isabelle LUX 10
21T. HOGBERG, Jeanna SWE 10
24T. MAX-THEURER, Victoria AUT 9
24T. ROSS DAVIES, Anna Louise GBR 9
CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle
|1.||70||Damon Hill NRW||Langehanenberg, Helen||GER||11035 EUR||89.775 points|
|dchst 13-j.S v.Donnerhall/M.v.Rubinstein I/WESTF/GER26971/B: Becks,Christian||RV St. Georg Münster|
|2.||84||El Santo NRW||Werth, Isabell||GER||8035 EUR||83.125 points|
|bay 12-j.G v.Ehrentusch/M.v.Rhythmus/RHEIN/GER44504/B: Winter-Schulze,Madeleine||RFV Graf v.Schmettow Eversael|
|3.||374||Don Auriello||Vilhelmson-Silfven, Tinne||SWE||6035 EUR||82.325 points|
|bay 11-j.G v.Don Davidoff/M.v.White Star/HANN/GER43436/B: Lövsta Stuteri||Sweden|
|4.||68||D’Agostino FRH||Lütkemeier, Fabienne||GER||4535 EUR||78.400 points|
|chest 13-j.G v.De Niro/M.v.Shogun xx/HANN/GER42139/B: Capellmann-Lütkemeier,Gina||RFV Paderborn|
|5.||76||Desperados FRH||Sprehe, Kristina||GER||2535 EUR||77.750 points|
|black 12-j.S v.De Niro/M.v.Wolkenstein II/HANN/GER45347/B: Gestüt Sprehe GmbH||RUFG Falkenberg|
|6.||367||Uzzo||Meer, Patrick van der||NED||2035 EUR||76.350 points|
|bay 12-j.G v.Lancet/M.v.Indoctro/KWPN/102OZ73/B: Trainingsstal De hoeve||Netherlands|
|7.||179||Unee BB||Bredow-Werndl, Jessica von||GER||1535 EUR||76.225 points|
|dbay 12-j.S v.Gribaldi/M.v.Dageraad/KWPN/102YN67/B: Bürchler-Keller,Beatrice A.||RFV Aubenhausen|
|8.||362||Smeyers Lazander||Krinke Susmelj, Marcela||SUI||1035 EUR||75.500 points|
|chest 12-j.G v.Solos Landtinus/M.v.Lebensmann/DWB/DEN40387/B: Meyer Irene||Switzerland|
|9.||366||Eichendorff||Max-Theurer, Victoria||AUT||540 EUR||74.775 points|
|bay 15-j.S v.Ehrentusch/M.v.Ferragamo/WESTF/AUT04389/B: Elisabeth Max-Theurer||Austria|
|10.||372||Axis TSF||Stegars, Terhi||FIN||540 EUR||73.475 points|
|black 14-j.S v.Sixtus/M.v.Angard/TRAK/GER44244/B: Terhi Stegars||Finland|
|11.||370||Equitop Torricelli LS||Schoots, Lotje||NED||535 EUR||71.800 points|
|bay 13-j.G v.Florestan I/M.v.Pion/KWPN/NED40286/B: G. Schoots||Netherlands|
|12.||249||Riccoletto||Kempkes, Matthias||GER||535 EUR||71.150 points|
|chest 11-j.G v.Rivero II/M.v.Alcatraz/BAY/103CG45/B: Kempkes,Matthias||RA München|
|13.||369||Vradin||Missiaen, Simon||BEL||535 EUR||68.575 points|
|bay 11-j.M v.Gribaldi/M.v.Michelangelo/KWPN/102YA81/B: Missiaen Roland||Belgium|
|14.||361||Esperanto||John, Andrea||AUT||535 EUR||57.825 points|
|black 12-j.G v.Escudo II/M.v.Rio Branco/HANN/103CT44/B: Andrea John||Austria|
|Judges:||(E)||G.Fouarge (NED)|| Total prize money: