Helen Langehanenberg & Damon Hill Win World Cup, Adelinde & Parzival 2nd
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
GOTHENBURG, Sweden, April 27–Helen Langehanenberg became the World Cup champion Saturday when she rode her German team Olympic mount Damon Hill NRW to victory while two-time champions Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival were runnerup to miss becoming only the second rider to win three straight titles.
Helen’s Freestyle ride that she said was the best ever on Damon Hill and confirmed by the score that was a personal best of 88.286 per cent while Adelinde admitted she and her 16-year-old KWPN gelding were still not used to her new music and scored 86.214 per cent. Fellow Dutch rider Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover were third with 84.446 per cent.
The Scandinavium Center’s near capacity crowd of 12,000 spectators appeared by the applause to agree with the order of finish though there were questions to Gustav Svalling of Sweden, president of the ground jury, about a difference of more than 11 per cent between the hghest and lowest scores for Adelinde and Parzival.
The quality of the competition was extraordinarily high with five combinations scoring above 80 per cent in the only annual global championship of dressage and that is in its 28th year
And the tension increased as the last five of the 17 starting combinations began the countdown to the final pair, Adelinde and Parzival who had won this title in 2011 and 2012 and were riding to become only the second pair to win three straight championships. Only Anky Van Grunsven has performed that feat and she did it twice in amassing a total of nine World Cups.
The pint-sized Helen Langehanenberg–she gives her height as 163cm (5 ft. 3 1/2 ins.)–dashed those hopes.
She was runnerup in the World Cup in s’-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands last year, but after winning the opening Grand Prix Thursday made it clear she would be the one to beat in the Freestyle which is the only score that counts.
“I had a very great feeling, it was just a dream,” she said. “Wow!
“He was brilliant to ride. He gave me so much confidence.
“He told me during the test, ‘don’t do too much. I know what to do.'”
Damon Hill, a 13-year-old Westfalen stallion (Donnerhall x Romanze x Rubinstein I) was right, knew exactly what to do and won marks of 10 for some movements.
Helen took over the ride on Damon Hill in 2010 after Ingred Klimke had trained the horse to Grand Prix, winning the six-year-old title at the World Young Horse Championships in Verden, Germany along the way. Helen rode the stallion on the German team at the European Championships in 2011 and the Olympics in London last summer.
Germany has won the World Cup eight times, the last being Isabell Werth on Warum Nicht at Las Vegas in 2007.
She hopes to make the team for the Europeans in Denmark later this year. She works once a week with Klaus Balkenhol, German Olympic gold medalist and coach of the United States team for eight years.
She said Damon Hill is more settled and more powerful.
“I always have the feeling it is perfect then he tops it again,” she said. “He’s something special–he can read and write.”
Adelinde joked that her ride was “a lot better than Thursday, no spooking, no breaking out,” referring to spinning twice in the transition from piaffe to passage on the centerline in the Grand Prix.
“I gave it my best shot. l like the new music. The old one we could ride on full automatc. We’re not at full automatic yet but in a couple of shows it will be perfect.”
Is she thinking of retiring Parzival whom she has ridden at Grand Prix for six years and whose resumé includes a mix of gold, silver and bronze medals at two European Championships and the London Games?
“No way!” she declared with a laugh.
Both the awards ceremony and the post-competition news conference turned into the Edward Gal show as the riders played off his humor and had the dozens of reporters and photographers laughing.
Edward turned the too frequently somber awards ceremony on the podium into fun-filled highlights that continued into the post-competition news conference to make it one of the most memorable World Cup Finals for its high caliber but joyful camaraderie among riders, media, spectators and officials.
After Gustav Svalling commented that he had awarded 10 to various combinations on Saturday which had not been the case before Edward rode Totilas, he rider turned to the other competitors and quipped, “You can thank me.”
As to Undercover, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding (Ferro x Mimosavrouwe x Donnerhall) that he’s been competing for a year, he said he’s happy that the the horse perfomed well for two tournaments in a row.
“Now he’s getting used to the environment that you can’t train at home,” he said. “I had to train it here so it worked out.”
Tinne Vilhemsson-Silfvén placed fourth with Don Auriello and was the highest finishing Swede.
“It was an extremey overwhelming feeling with all the atmosphere,” she said. “It was great fun.”
Tinne started Don Auriello at Grand Prix on the Florida winter circuit and was on the Swedish team at the London Olympics.
Grand Prix Freestyle
K: Elizabeth McMullen CAN E: Maria Colliander FIN H: Andrew Gardner GBR C: Gustaf Svalling SWE
M: Gotthilf Riexinger GER B: Jean-Michel Roudier FRA F: Wojtek Markowski POL
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