Helen Langehanenberg & Damon Hill Set New German Kür Record for 2nd Gold at German Champs
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BALVE, Germany, June 3–Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW set a new German record of 88.400 per cent to capture the German Championship Grand Prix Freestyle gold medal Sunday and to beat Matthias Alexander Rath and Totilas and collect both gold medals for the national titles.
Helen and the 12-year-old Westfalen stallion (Donnerhall x Romanze x Rubinstein I) led four combinaions to score above 80 per cent at this national competition with all five judges being Germans and who all had the duo in first place. The pair were reserve champions behind Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival at the World Cup Final in April.
Matthias and Totilas scored 86.750 per cent for silver with Kristina Sprehe and Desperados in on 86.500 per cent for bronze, though three judges placed Kristina and Desperados second and Matthias and Totilas third.
Helen and Damon Hill won the Olympic Grand Prix Special gold medal Saturday with Matthias and Totilas silver and Kristina and Desperados bronze. Totilas won the Grand Prix on Friday with Damon Hill second and Desperados third. The Grand Prix was not a medal class, but a warmup for the Special and the Freestyle.
The German team for the CDIO at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen a month from now was announced as Anabel Balkenhol and Dablino, Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW, Matthias Alexander Rath and Totilas and Kristina Sprehe and Desperados. The team for the London Games will be announced at Aachen.
“I do not worry beforehand, so I have not even thought about whether I can become German champion,” the 30-year-old Helen said. “I always try to do my best.”
Kristina Sprehe, at age 25 a year from the Under-25 division, said she will hone the freestyle to increase the level of difficulty.
Results of the Grand Prix Freestyle: Balve GPFS