Anabel Balkenhol & Dablino Win Frankfurt CDI4* Special Completing Best Year for Victories For Olympic Pair

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Anabel Balkenhol on Dablino FRH celebrating victory at Frankfurt CDI4*to round out most successful year for German 2012 Olympic pair. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Anabel Balkenhol on Dablino FRH celebrating victory at Frankfurt CDI4*to round out most successful year for German 2012 Olympic pair. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

FRANKFURT, Germany, De. 17, 2016–Anabel Balkenhol rode Dablino FRH to victory in the CDI4* Grand Prix Special Saturday posting double wins at the Festhallen Reitturnier on her 2012 Olympic mount and rounding out the most successful of seven years at Big Tour.

Anabel and the 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding that she began competing at CDI Grand Prix in 2009 scored 76.706 per cent for the win a day after taking the Grand Prix.

Fabienne Lütkemeier on Fabregaz were awarded a personal best 74.608 per cent for second place, as they did in the Grand Prix. Sweden’s Michelle Hagman on Happiness placed third on 72.784 per cent.

For Anabel, 44 years old and the daughter of German Olympic gold medal winner Klaus Balkenhol, former United States team coach, Dablino is “better than ever” after posting the fifth win this year, the most ever.

“We practice very good management,” Anabel told dressage-news.com. “He’s not working hard at home, we don’t go to hundreds of shows; we pick carefully where we go. He’s just very steady and healthy.

“We try to keep him happy, keep up his strength without doing too much, with lot of breaks in between. One day we’d work on half passes, another day a bit of piaffe and passage, maybe some canter work or rising trot. We try to keep it within one hour.

“We have trail rides and he stays happy. He is fantastic right now.”

Dablino, ranked 27th in the world, has made 69 starts in his Grand Prix career–including 16 wins.

Championship highlights were the 2012 Olympics in London where she rode as an individual for Germany and on the bronze medal team at the 2010 World Games in Kentucky.

Anabel plans to compete Dablino through next year “as long as he’s as happy and fit as he is now. People are happy to see him. Everybody realizes he’s having the time of his life.

“We will stop if he doesn’t have spirit and fun, but will go on as long as he has his youth.”

Results:

CDI4* Grand Prix Special

# KNR HORSE RIDER E H C M B Score
1. 326 Dablino FRH
W \ Hann \ Df \ 2000 \ De Niro x Wanderbursch II \ Z: Sweers,Weert-Arnold \ B: Balkenhol,Klaus,Balkenhol,Judith
GER
Anabel Balkenhol
RV St.Georg Münster e.V.
6.000,00 EUR 77.059%
393
(1)
76.961%
392.5
(1)
75.686%
386
(1)
77.549%
395.5
(1)
76.275%
389
(1)
76.706%
1956.00
2. 332 Fabregaz
W \ Bay \ Schwb \ 2007 \ Florestano x Ragazzo \ Z: Hofbauer,Mariele u.Karl \ B: Capellmann-Lütkemeier,Gina
GER
Fabienne Lütkemeier
RFV Paderborn e.V.
5.000,00 EUR 75.392%
384.5
(2)
73.725%
376
(2)
73.922%
377
(2)
75.980%
387.5
(2)
74.020%
377.5
(2)
74.608%
1902.50
3. 256 Happiness 26
S \ HANN \ F \ 2005 \ Hochadel x Walt Disney \ Z: Oetjen, Heike \ B: Hans Rueben GbR
SWE
Michelle Hagman
SWE
3.000,00 EUR 73.627%
375.5
(3)
71.471%
364.5
(4)
71.373%
364
(4)
73.627%
375.5
(3)
73.824%
376.5
(3)
72.784%
1856.00
4. 307 Zippo
W \ KWPN \ F \ 2004 \ Rousseau x Haarlem \ Z: Van Rooy, W. \ B: Trainingsstal De Hoeve
NED
Patrick Van Der Meer
NED
2.000,00 EUR 73.137%
373
(4)
70.294%
358.5
(5)
69.804%
356
(6)
71.373%
364
(4)
70.098%
357.5
(4)
70.941%
1809.00
5. 191 Wolke Sieben 21
S \ Hann \ F \ 1999 \ Wolkenstein II x Hitchcock \ Z: Griemsmann,Kurt Jun. \ B: Rothenberger im Gestüt Erlenhof OHG
GER
Sanneke Rothenberger
Bad Homburger RFV
1.500,00 EUR 72.353%
369
(5)
72.157%
368
(3)
70.980%
362
(5)
68.824%
351
(5)
69.706%
355.5
(5)
70.804%
1805.50
6. 288 Sai Baba Plus
W \ HANN \ B \ 2007 \ Sir Donnerhall x De Niro \ Z: Robert Gaus \ B: Dressage Plus, LDA
POR
Boaventura Freire
POR
1.000,00 EUR 67.745%
345.5
(6)
70.000%
357
(6)
71.961%
367
(3)
66.373%
338.5
(7)
69.412%
354
(6)
69.098%
1762.00
7. 257 Harmony’s Fiorano
W \ Hann \ DF \ 2005 \ Rousseau x Rotspon \ Z: Riegen, Anke von \ B: Harmony Sporthorses, Leslie Malone
GBR
Susan Pape
RV Neuhaus-Oste u. Umg.
750,00 EUR 66.569%
339.5
(7)
69.510%
354.5
(7)
66.765%
340.5
(7)
66.667%
340
(6)
66.176%
337.5
(7)
67.137%
1712.00
8. 252 Flashman 4
W \ Westf \ F \ 2001 \ Florestan I x Weinberg \ Z: Gripshöver, Ludger \ B: Maslova, Ekaterina
RUS
Ekaterina Maslova
RUS
750,00 EUR 65.294%
333
(8)
64.216%
327.5
(8)
64.118%
327
(8)
62.941%
321
(8)
65.392%
333.5
(8)
64.392%
1642.00
Total = €20,000
Prize Money €20,000
Judges E: Yuri Romanov
H: Dr. Evi Eisenhardt
C: Thomas Lang
M: Dr. Dietrich Plewa
B: Eduard de Wolff van Westerode