Helen Langehanenberg & Damon Hill Win World Cup Grand Prix

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Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill in the World Cup Final Grand Prix. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill in the World Cup Final Grand Prix. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, April 25–German Olympic combination Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW won the Grand Prix at the World Cup Final Thursday after two-time defending champion Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival resisted in the middle of the arena and dropped them out of contention.

Helen and Damon Hill were the first combination to start and set the bar high with 79.863 per cent. Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover placed second on 78.465 per cent and Swedish star Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén on Don Auriello third on 77.447 per cent.

Parzival reared up and spun around as he resisted and that was enough to push them down into fourth place on 75.410 per cent.

Jerich Parzival ridden by Adelinde Cornelissen resisting in the Grand Prix at the World Cup Final. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Jerich Parzival ridden by Adelinde Cornelissen resisting in the Grand Prix at the World Cup Final. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

However, Adelinde and Parzival are unlikely to be affected by the poor start and in the past the pair has recovered from difficulties to capture championships. The Freestyle to decide the 2013 World Cup title is scheduled for Saturday.

Helen Langehanenberg and the 13-year-old Westfalen stallion (Donnerhall x Rubinstein), who were runnerup to Adelinde and Parzival in 2012, appeared not to be affected by being first to start, the least desirable place as the judges–and there were seven of them as this is a championship–have no opportunity to make comparisons.

“I had a great feeling when we came into the arena,” she said. “He loves to do it.

“I have had a really good feeling in the last shows, like we are really belonging together someohow. Going into the arena and starting was just like home, a feeling of confidence.”

The pair bobbled the one-tempi changes, something she said she will “try to do better” in Saturday’s Freestyle.

Edward Gal and Glock's Undercover, the black gelding that is making the pair a contender for a World Cup title. Their only previous World Cup Final victory was in 2010 aboard the black stallion Totilas. © 213 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover, the black gelding that is making the pair a contender for a World Cup title. Their only previous World Cup Final victory was in 2010 aboard the black stallion Totilas. © 213 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Edward said that Undercover that he’s been riding for a year was a “little bit distracted” but the horse is getting better and better “and he feels like he wants to do it for you.”

Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén who spent three months in Palm Beach, Florida over the winter for the third year in a row, said Don Auriello started a bit tense and the reinback early in the ride was not good.

However, her Olympic partner settled down and the ride improved to be awarded the second highest Grand Prix score since beginning the big tour on the Hanoverian gelding  just over two years ago in Florida when the Don Auriello was nine years old.

Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén and Don Auriello. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén and Don Auriello. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

What was looking like a straightforward competition where several combinations stood a chance to prevent Adelinde and Parzival from three-peating as World Cup champion, other issues arose.

A protest was filed by Swedish Olympian Patrik Kittel whose ride on Watermill Scandic H.B.C. scored a low 69.559 per cent for 10th place, statng that the competition arena was altered between pre-competition training and the competition with the addition of flowers and other decorations that he said effected peformance. The rules do not allow a change during competition but the schedule for the day listed “Schooling CDI-W” in the main competition arena with the remark: “CDI Riders – full set up.”

Although no language could be found covering changes from training to competition, several riders complained that flower displays were added not just around the arena but also on top of the letters that added to tension in horses in an arena which can hold up to 12,000 people and was more than half full.

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) later announced that the ground jury denied the protest “about the flowers around the dressage arena that had not been there in the final warmup” for the Grand Prix.

Patrik, the 14th of 17 combinations in the Grand Prix, told Gustav Svalling of Sweden, president of the ground jury, that his horse spooked at red flowers on top of arena marking letters that had not been there before the competition. Green plants about the same height were on the letters before the class.

The protest was denied “in its entirety,” but the FEI would be asked to consider issuing further guidelines to ensure the final warmup is as similar as possible to the competition setup.

And before the compettion, Kristina Sprehe and Desperados withdrew from their first Final when the 12-year-old black stallion came up lame while training in the competition arena just hours before the start of the Grand Prix.

Kristina, aged 26, competed the horse on the German team at last summer’s Olympic Games in London and was one of three combinations from her nation.

Monica Theodorescu, the German team coach, said the black Hanoverian stallion (De Niro x Wie Musik x Wolkenstein II) had gone into the arena at the Scandinavium Center for some training but after two rounds of trot the horse was unsound. The horse trotted again in front of the team veterinarian and was still not sound, she said.

He will go home to Hagen, Germany, for diagnosis and treatment by his regular vet.

RESULTS:

Grand Prix

K: Andrew Gardner GBR E: Gotthilf Riexinger GER H: Wojtek Markowski POL C: Jean-Michel Roudier FRA

M: Elizabeth McMullen CAN B: Gustaf Svalling SWE F: Maria Colliander FIN

Rank Rider Horse K E H C M B F
1 Damon Hill NRW Donnerhall – Rubinstein I Sauer,Heinrich Christian Becks 80.6381 82.3401 78.9363 80.9571 81.4891 76.1703 78.5111 79.8631
2 Glock’s Undercover Ferro – Donnerhall Ghpc Holding Bv 79.1492 76.8093 80.8511 76.5963 78.7232 79.0431 78.0852 78.4652
3 Don Auriello Don Davidoff – White Star Lövsta Stuteri / Antonia Ax:son Johnson 78.1913 76.3835 79.4682 77.8722 77.8723 77.5532 74.7874 77.4473
4 Jerich Parzival Jazz – Ulft W.P.J. Cornelissen / M.A. Cornelissen 77.8724 78.1912 73.2986 76.0644 74.5745 73.5116 74.3625 75.4104
5 Don Johnson FRH Don Frederico – Warkant Meyer,Ulrike Madeleine Winter-Schulze 73.1916 76.7024 77.3404 73.7237 77.0214 75.2134 71.9157 75.0155
Not placed
6 Donnperignon Donnerhall – Mozart II79 Rasanen,Pekka Kasprzak Family 73.8305 73.8307 76.3835 75.2135 74.3626 74.6815 75.9573 74.8946
7 Santana Sandro Hit – Rubinstein I Ingo Pape Minna Telde AB / Berit Telde 71.5968 72.9798 70.2137 73.2988 74.1497 69.3629 73.0856 72.0977
8 Fixdesign Eremo del Castegno Rohdiamant – Weltmeyer Centro Equestre Monferrato 72.5537 74.3626 63.72314 74.0436 69.8949 69.8947 70.8519 70.7608
9 Schianto Gribaldi – Schwadroneur Jorgen Rosbog 71.1709 69.57410 67.12810 72.44710 67.87214 69.7878 71.1708 69.8789
10 Watermill Scandic H.B.C Solos Carex – Amiral De Watermolen Fam Greve, Fam Sjep Patrik Kittel 69.78710 68.51111 66.80912 73.0859 72.4478 68.72310 67.55314 69.55910
11 Smeyers Molberg Michellino – Rambo Irene Meyer, Marcela Krinke Susmelj 68.51112 70.2139 69.3628 71.17011 69.04311 67.66011 70.53210 69.49811
12 Pro-Set Jetset-D – Flemmingh AJ TAS, BERKEL EN RODENRIJS, NED Elisif Sommechield, Gustav Jebsen 69.68111 65.42614 66.91511 69.14912 69.14910 67.23412 69.46811 68.14612
13 D Niro D-Day – Napoleon 625 Mary Brooks – Brookhaven Dressage Inc 66.06414 65.74513 68.9369 69.04313 68.19112 65.74514 67.76613 67.35613
14 Vian Stallone LANCET – Symfonie LLC VIAN GROUP 66.06414 66.48912 65.74513 66.27714 68.08513 65.95713 68.29812 66.70214
15 Khorovod Khodar Mr.Repkin Viktor 67.44713 62.12815 62.02115 65.10616 65.53215 61.91516 65.85115 64.28615
16 Miciano Medici – Dialekt J.M.J. van Baalen-Dorresteyn, J. Hinnema 65.63816 58.51117 60.31916 65.53215 63.83016 62.34015 65.31916 63.07016
17 Lindor’s Finest Eastern Ruler Sylvia Carlton & Ute Busse 59.89417 61.80916 59.25517 63.83017 61.70217 59.25517 64.57417 61.47417
(5) Desperados FRH De Niro – Wolkenstein II Schütt,Herbert Gestüt Sprehe GmbH