Germany Wins Aachen Dressage Nations Cup, Denmark 2nd, USA 3rd

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Helen Langehanenberg on Damon Hill NRW leading Germany to victory in the Nations at Aachen, Germany. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Helen Langehanenberg on Damon Hill NRW leading Germany to victory in the Nations at Aachen, Germany. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, June 27–Germany was led by two horss and riders from last summer’s silver medal Olympic team to capture the dressage Nations Cup Thursday with another two Olympic combinations giving Denmark the runnerup position and a reinvigorated United States team finishing third.

Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW was the highest placed individual pair with 81.128 per cent, the only one of 37 starting combinations making up nine teams and several individuals to break the 80 per cent barrier, while fellow London Olympian Anabel Balkenhol and Dablino FRH placed second on 77.043 per cent.

Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and her Digby, the 16-year-old veteran of both the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games, and Anna Kasprzak on Donnperignon, their team mates in London, scored 75.638 per cent and 75.426 per cent, respetively to lock up second place.

Steffen Peters on Legolas, the leading American rider in a team that included the 2012 Olympic team partnerships of Jan Ebeling and the celebrity mare Rafalca and Tina Konyot and Calecto V, filled the third position in the lineup of nine teams.

This CDIO5* event was the third Nations Cup in a pilot program to try to develop a global series similar to show jumping’s international leagues to help popularize the sport. Vidauban, France staged a CDIO3* in May while Rotterdam held a CDIO5* last week with seven nations participating, including double Olympic gold medalists Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro who led Great Britain to victory. A fourth Nations Cup will be staged in Hickstead, England next month using the Freestyle as the team competition.

Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein riding her Olympic veteran Digby to lead Denmark to the silver medal in the Aachen Nations Cup. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein riding her Olympic veteran Digby to lead Denmark to the silver medal in the Aachen Nations Cup. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Helen Langehanenberg said after the event that Damon Hill was really fresh and willing and would get a rest befre the European Championships in Herning, Denmark at the end of August.

“We definitely had fun,” said this year’s World Cup victor.

Monica Theodorescu, in charge of a German Nations Cup team for the first time since being appointed the national coach, described Damon Hill as “very precise and very elastic” and “fit and harmonious.”

“The biggest surprise,” she said, “was Anabel Balkenhols and Dablino, that “everybody always believed in… and today she got to show it.”

She joked that Isabell Werth, one of the world’s most experienced and accomplished riders, had a mistake in warming up Don Johnson FRH “in timing” when she mistakenly thought there were four horses ahead of her when there were three so the horse was “not on the highest level” when they went into the arena.

The Danish combination of Andreas Helgstrand and Akeem Foldager provided the biggest shock of the competition.

The horse that Andreas started riding less than three months ago and described it as the best he’s ever had started off spectacularly to earn marks as high as 9.5 in the first piaffe and passage tour but did not walk and scores as low as a single point gave them a final total of 68.426 per cent, tied for 24th place and the drop score in the team result that is made up of the best three scores.

The team results:

Rank Nation Total
1 GERMANY GER 232.150
[311] Fabienne Lütkemeier D´Agostino 5 71.830
[310] Anabel Balkenhol Dablino FRH 77.043
[326] Isabell Werth Don Johnson FRH 73.979
[312] Helen Langehanenberg Damon Hill NRW 81.128
2 DENMARK DEN 223.043
[337] Lone Bang Larsen Fitou L 71.979
[300] Andreas Helgstrand Akeem Foldager 68.426
[324] Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein Digby 75.638
[329] Anna Kasprzak Donnperignon 75.426
3 UNITED STATES USA 217.298
[325] Shelly Francis Doktor 69.596
[369] Jan Ebeling Rafalca 70.936
[306] Tina Konyot Calecto V 71.064
[350] Steffen Peters Legolas 92 75.298
4 SWEDEN SWE 210.042
[352] Jeanna Hogberg Liza Minelli 68.723
[338] Malin Hamilton Fleetwood 70.234
[382] Charlotte Haid Bondergaard Triviant 2 67.787
[381] Patrik Kittel Toy Story 71.085
5 NETHERLANDS NED 208.532
[389] Diederik van Silfhout Vorst D 68.319
[397] Laurens van Lieren Ulysses la Haya 67.319
[386] Stephanie Peters Unlimited 68.064
[348] Danielle Heijkoop Kingsley Siro 72.149
6 BELGIUM BEL 207.511
[398] Simon Missiaen Vradin 69.745
[355] Julie de Deken Lucky Dance 64.936
[349] Philippe Jorissen Le Beau 66.213
[328] Claudia Fassaert Donnerfee 71.553
7 SPAIN ESP 207.127
[334] Borja Carrascosa Famous Boy 2 64.574
[361] Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez Numberto 71.106
[342] Jose Daniel Martin Dockx Grandioso 71.447
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8 FINLAND FIN 198.340
[380] Stella Hagelstam Soraya II 67.319
[376] Mikaela Lindh Skovlunds Más Guapo 71.447
[375] Emma Kanerva Sini Spirit 59.574
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9 GREAT BRITAIN GBR 196.298
[364] Anna Ross Davies Pegasus MK 66.511
[357] Michael Eilberg Marakov 68.681
[391] Hannah Biggs Weltzin 61.106
[363] Nikki Crisp Pasoa 68.426

Individual Grand Prix scores:

Judge E: Francis Verbeek-van Rooij (NED) Judge H: Andrew Gardner (GBR) Judge C: Leif Törnblad (DEN)
Judge M: Isabelle Judet (FRA) Judge B: Dietrich Plewa (GER)

AACHEN, Germany, June 27–Germany was led by two horss and riders from last summer’s silver medal Olympic team to capture the dressage Nations Cup Thursday with another two Olympic combinations giving Denmark the runnerup position and a reinvigorated United States team finishing third

Rank HORSE – Breeding sex\colour\born\sire x siredam\ EUR Judge E Judge H Judge C Judge M Judge B Total
RIDER owner Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 Damon Hill NRW – WESTF S \ DarkChestnut \ 2000 \ Donnerhall x Rubinstein I
GER
7800.0000 79.574 81.064 82.021 81.596 81.383 81.128
Helen Langehanenberg Christian Becks ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 )
2 Dablino FRH – HANN G \ DarkChestnut \ 2000 \ De Niro x Wanderbursch II
GER
5500.0000 74.787 75.957 79.149 77.447 77.872 77.043
Anabel Balkenhol Klaus & Judith Balkenhol ( 4 ) ( 4 ) ( 2 ) ( 3 ) ( 2 )
3 Digby – DWB G \ DarkBay \ 1997 \ Donnerhall x Sandro
DEN
3600.0000 74.468 76.809 74.681 77.234 75.000 75.638
Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein Dr. M. Siebert, R. White Nathalie zu Sayn Wittgenstein ( 7 ) ( 2 ) ( 4 ) ( 4 ) ( 6 )
4 Donnperignon – FWB G \ DarkChestnut \ 1999 \ Donnerhall x Mozart II79
DEN
2200.0000 74.681 76.064 73.191 78.298 74.894 75.426
Anna Kasprzak Kasprzak Family ( 5 ) ( 3 ) ( 7 ) ( 2 ) ( 7 )
5 Legolas 92 – WESTF G \ Bay \ 2002 \ Laomedon x FLORESTAN II
USA
1400.0000 76.170 74.468 75.745 73.511 76.596 75.298
Steffen Peters Four Winds Farm LLC ( 2 ) ( 7 ) ( 3 ) ( 6 ) ( 3 )
6 Augustin OLD – OLDBG S \ Bay \ 2000 \ August der Starke x Rohdiamant
AUT
500.0000 74.681 74.574 72.128 76.064 76.064 74.702
Victoria Max-Theurer Elisabeth Max-Theurer, Schloss Achleiten ( 5 ) ( 6 ) ( 9 ) ( 5 ) ( 4 )
7 Don Johnson FRH – HANN G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Don Frederico x Warkant
GER
500.0000 75.638 74.894 72.340 71.383 75.638 73.979
Isabell Werth Madeleine Winter-Schulze ( 3 ) ( 5 ) ( 8 ) ( 13 ) ( 5 )
8 Kingsley Siro – KWPN G \ Black \ 1999 \ Gribaldi x Hemmingway
NED
500.0000 70.745 73.404 74.681 72.447 69.468 72.149
Danielle Heijkoop D. Heykoop ( 15 ) ( 8 ) ( 4 ) ( 9 ) ( 23 )
9 Fitou L – DWB G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Florestan I x May Sherie
DEN
500.0000 69.255 70.426 73.617 72.021 74.574 71.979
Lone Bang Larsen Lotte Bang Larsen, Flemming Bang larsen ( 18 ) ( 16 ) ( 6 ) ( 10 ) ( 8 )
10 D´Agostino 5 – HANN G \ Chestnut \ 2000 \ De Niro x Shogun xx
GER
500.0000 73.723 69.149 70.745 72.021 73.511 71.830
Fabienne Lütkemeier Gina Capellmann-Lütkemeier ( 8 ) ( 22 ) ( 15 ) ( 10 ) ( 10 )
11 Donnerfee – OLDBG M \ Bay \ 2000 \ De Niro x Rosenkavalier
BEL
500.0000 72.021 72.128 70.000 73.085 70.532 71.553
Claudia Fassaert Dirk Hooghe-Verhoeven ( 11 ) ( 10 ) ( 19 ) ( 7 ) ( 17 )
12 Skovlunds Más Guapo – DWB G \ Black \ 1998 \ Master x Cannon Row xx
FIN
250.0000 73.298 71.383 67.553 72.660 72.340 71.447
Mikaela Lindh Dressurstald Sølyst & Mikaela Lindh ( 9 ) ( 12 ) ( 28 ) ( 8 ) ( 11 )
12 Grandioso – PRE S \ Bay \ 1999 \ Adelante x Sevillano IX
ESP
250.0000 70.638 70.851 70.745 71.383 73.617 71.447
Jose Daniel Martin Dockx Jose Daniel Martin Dockx ( 16 ) ( 13 ) ( 15 ) ( 13 ) ( 9 )
14 Numberto – KWPN G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Negro x Ahorn
ESP
72.447 70.532 71.489 70.851 70.213 71.106
Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez G.J.van Olst ( 10 ) ( 15 ) ( 11 ) ( 17 ) ( 20 )
15 Toy Story – SWB G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Come Back II x Concorde
SWE
71.170 70.745 72.021 70.851 70.638 71.085
Patrik Kittel Carol Oately u. Andrew Patrik Kittel, Carol & Andrew Oately ( 13 ) ( 14 ) ( 10 ) ( 17 ) ( 16 )
16 Calecto V – DWB S \ Bay \ 1998 \ Come Back II x RASTELL
USA
71.277 71.809 70.000 71.170 71.064 71.064
Tina Konyot Tina Konyot & John Byrialsen ( 12 ) ( 11 ) ( 19 ) ( 15 ) ( 14 )
17 Rafalca – OLDBG M \ Bay \ 1997 \ Argentinius x RUBINSTEIN
USA
68.511 72.766 70.426 71.809 71.170 70.936
Jan Ebeling Amy Ebeling ( 20 ) ( 9 ) ( 17 ) ( 12 ) ( 13 )
18 Fleetwood – WESTF G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Florestan I x Bormio xx
SWE
70.957 70.000 67.766 71.064 71.383 70.234
Malin Hamilton Malin Hamilton ( 14 ) ( 19 ) ( 25 ) ( 16 ) ( 12 )
19 Vradin – KWPN M \ Bay \ 2002 \ Gribaldi x Michelangelo
BEL
67.979 70.106 71.489 69.468 69.681 69.745
Simon Missiaen Missiaen Roland ( 22 ) ( 18 ) ( 11 ) ( 22 ) ( 22 )
20 Doktor – OLDBG G \ Bay \ 2003 \ Diamond Hit x Renoir I
USA
68.936 68.723 70.213 69.681 70.426 69.596
Shelly Francis Patricia A. Stempel ( 19 ) ( 25 ) ( 18 ) ( 21 ) ( 18 )
21 Fabriano 58 – WESTF S \ Bay \ 1999 \ Florestan I x Angelo XX
AUT
65.319 69.362 71.170 70.213 70.851 69.383
Renate Voglsang Renate Voglsang ( 29 ) ( 21 ) ( 13 ) ( 20 ) ( 15 )
22 Liza Minelli – SWB M \ DarkBay \ 1998 \ Cortez x Ganesco
SWE
66.809 68.723 70.957 69.255 68.085 68.723
Jeanna Hogberg Marina Högberg / Firma Acteur ( 24 ) ( 25 ) ( 14 ) ( 24 ) ( 28 )
23 Marakov G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Rufs x Mitjulands
GBR
69.894 67.660 69.468 70.532 65.851 68.681
Michael Eilberg Mr F Eilberg ( 17 ) ( 29 ) ( 22 ) ( 19 ) ( 31 )
24 Akeem Foldager – DWB G \ Bay \ 2002 \ Akinos x Loran
DEN
66.064 70.000 67.660 67.979 70.426 68.426
Andreas Helgstrand Patricia Florin ( 27 ) ( 19 ) ( 26 ) ( 27 ) ( 18 )
24 Pasoa – KWPN M \ Bay \ 1997 \ Damocles x Hamilton
GBR
66.702 69.149 69.043 68.298 68.936 68.426
Nikki Crisp Miss N. Crisp ( 25 ) ( 22 ) ( 24 ) ( 25 ) ( 25 )
26 Vorst D – KWPN G \ Chestnut \ 2002 \ Hors la Loi II x Lancelot
NED
67.553 67.979 69.255 67.447 69.362 68.319
Diederik van Silfhout M. Yeh, E. Beersen ( 23 ) ( 28 ) ( 23 ) ( 29 ) ( 24 )
27 Unlimited – KWPN G \ Chestnut \ 2001 \ Jazz x Winckenburgh
NED
68.085 70.426 66.915 66.383 68.511 68.064
Stephanie Peters B.M.A. Vonk, Stal Perlee ( 21 ) ( 16 ) ( 31 ) ( 33 ) ( 26 )
28 Triviant 2 – KWPN G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Olivi x Saluut
SWE
66.064 67.128 69.681 66.277 69.787 67.787
Charlotte Haid Bondergaard Norrehee Dressage Björn & Mathias Haid ( 27 ) ( 30 ) ( 21 ) ( 34 ) ( 21 )
29 Ulysses la Haya – KWPN G \ DarkBay \ 2001 \ Gribaldi x Ulft
NED
66.277 69.149 67.447 69.468 64.255 67.319
Laurens van Lieren O.M. Boucher & J.H. Alberts ( 26 ) ( 22 ) ( 29 ) ( 22 ) ( 33 )
29 Soraya II – HANN M \ Bay \ 2002 \ Sandro Hit x Donnerhall
FIN
64.574 68.511 67.660 67.872 67.979 67.319
Stella Hagelstam Stella Hagelstam ( 31 ) ( 27 ) ( 26 ) ( 28 ) ( 27 )
31 Pegasus MK – KWPN G \ DarkBay \ 1997 \ Elcaro x L.Ronald
GBR
62.979 66.915 67.340 68.085 67.234 66.511
Anna Ross Davies Jane Sewell ( 33 ) ( 32 ) ( 30 ) ( 26 ) ( 29 )
32 Le Beau – OLDBG G \ Chestnut \ 1998 \ Le Coeur x CLASSIKER
BEL
65.213 67.021 65.638 66.915 66.277 66.213
Philippe Jorissen Philippe Jorissen ( 30 ) ( 31 ) ( 34 ) ( 31 ) ( 30 )
33 Smeyers Molberg – DWB G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Michellino x Rambo
SUI
62.872 65.213 66.277 67.021 64.787 65.234
Marcela Krinke Susmelj Meyer Irene + Krinke Susmelj Marcela, Marcela Krinke Susmelj ( 34 ) ( 35 ) ( 32 ) ( 30 ) ( 32 )
34 Lucky Dance – HESS S \ DarkBay \ 2001 \ Lucky Lionell x Placido – Sun
BEL
63.298 66.277 64.894 66.809 63.404 64.936
Julie de Deken De Deken – De Vos ( 32 ) ( 33 ) ( 35 ) ( 32 ) ( 34 )
35 Famous Boy 2 – OLDBG G \ Bay \ 1996 \ Feiner Stern x Landadel
ESP
62.447 65.532 65.851 65.957