Helen Langehanenberg & Damon Hill Win World Cup Grand Prix
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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.
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 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.
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.
M: Elizabeth McMullen CAN B: Gustaf Svalling SWE F: Maria Colliander FIN
|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|
|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|