Helen Langehanenberg & Damon Hill Win Aachen CDIO5* Special in German, Danish Domination

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Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW riding to victory in the CDIO5* Grand Prix Special at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany. © 2013 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com
Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW riding to victory in the CDIO5* Grand Prix Special at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany. © 2013 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, June 29–Germany and Denmark dominated the CDIO5* Grand Prix Special Saturday, filling seven of the top 10 places at the World Equestrian Festival on a day of unexpected occurrences.

Helen Langehanenberg, the German 2013 World Cup champion on Damon Hill NRW, scored 80.667 per cent–the only rider above the 80 per cent ceiling–while Denmark’s 23-year-old Anna Kasprzak marked the 14th month of her first international competition on Donnperignon to take second place on 77.354 per cent. It was also the first Grand Prix Special for Anna and the Finnish Warmblood gelding since the Olympics in London last summer.

Anna Kasprzak and Donnperignon. © 2013 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com
Anna Kasprzak and Donnperignon. © 2013 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

Isabell Werth of Germany on Don Johnson FRH Denmark’s two-time Olympic combination of Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Digby tied for third place on 76.437 per cent.

Austria’s Victoria Max-Theurer and Augustin OLD was the highest placed combination after the Germans and Danes, placing sixth on 74.458 per cent.

Steffen Peters of the United States and Legolas performing in the first Grand Prix Special outside their home state of Californa, had mistakes in both sets of one-tempi changes and the pair placed eighth on 73.375 per cent.

Steffen Peters and Legolas at the CDIO5* World Equestrian Festival performing their first Grand Prix Special outside California. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters and Legolas at the CDIO5* World Equestrian Festival performing their first Grand Prix Special outside California. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Tina Konyot of Palm City, Florida and Calecto V scored 71.104 per cent and her 2012 Olympic team mates Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, California and Rafalca were awarded 70.417 per cent to finish in the top 15 and will join Steffen for three Americans in the Freestyle Sunday.

The fourth American combination, Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee, Florida, and Doktor came into the arena and a heavy downpour that lasted most of their ride that scored 69.042 per cent. The rain stopped before the next combination.

Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee, Florida on Doktor discovered why Aachen is named "The City of Water." The weather has been uneasonably cold--it's frequently wet during the Winter Equestrian Festival--and Shelly was caught in the worst of it during the CDIO5* Grand Prix Special. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee, Florida on Doktor discovered why Aachen is named “The City of Water.” The weather has been uneasonably cold–it’s frequently wet during the Winter Equestrian Festival–and Shelly was caught in the worst of it during the CDIO5* Grand Prix Special. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Denmark’s Andreas Helgstrand and Akeem Foldager recovered from a poor showing in the Grand Prix by changing their warmup routine and skipping the 10-minute ring to go straight into the competition arena to earn 73.958 per cent and seventh place.

Not so fortunate was Sweden’s Patrik Kittel riding the Australian-owned Toy Story who tripped during the piaffe and the horse slightly nicked his lip, drawng a small amount of blood but that meant automatic elimination.

Results:

CDIO5* Grand Prix Special

Judge E: Dietrich Plewa (GER) Judge H: Leif Törnblad (DEN) Judge C: Francis Verbeek-van Rooij (NED)
Judge M: Isabelle Judet (FRA) Judge B: Susie Hoevenaars (AUS)
Rank HORSE – Breeding
sex\color\born\sire x siredam\
Nat. 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
11000 82.708 80.833 79.063 80.938 79.792 80.667
Helen  Langehanenberg
Christian Becks
( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 )
2 Donnperignon – FWB
G \ DarkChestnut \ 1999 \ Donnerhall x Mozart II79
DEN
7000 77.917 76.354 78.229 77.604 76.667 77.354
Anna  Kasprzak
Kasprzak Family
( 3 ) ( 3 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 )
3 Don Johnson FRH – HANN
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Don Frederico x Warkant
GER
4000 78.333 75.625 77.396 75.625 75.208 76.437
Isabell  Werth
Madeleine Winter-Schulze
( 2 ) ( 5 ) ( 3 ) ( 5 ) ( 4 )
3 Digby – DWB
G \ DarkBay \ 1997 \ Donnerhall x Sandro
DEN
4000 77.813 76.250 76.146 76.667 75.313 76.437
Nathalie zu  Sayn-Wittgenstein
Dr. M. Siebert, R. White Nathalie zu Sayn Wittgenstein
( 4 ) ( 4 ) ( 5 ) ( 3 ) ( 3 )
5 Dablino FRH – HANN
G \ DarkChestnut \ 2000 \ De Niro x Wanderbursch II
GER
2200 74.375 76.771 76.563 76.667 74.167 75.708
Anabel  Balkenhol
Klaus & Judith Balkenhol
( 6 ) ( 2 ) ( 4 ) ( 3 ) ( 6 )
6 Augustin OLD – OLDBG
S \ Bay \ 2000 \ August der Starke x Rohdiamant
AUT
1800 74.271 74.375 75.521 73.854 74.271 74.458
Victoria  Max-Theurer
Elisabeth Max-Theurer, Schloss Achleiten
( 7 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 ) ( 9 ) ( 5 )
7 Akeem Foldager – DWB
G \ Bay \ 2002 \ Akinos x Loran
DEN
1600 76.042 72.396 74.479 74.583 72.292 73.958
Andreas  Helgstrand
Patricia Florin
( 5 ) ( 10 ) ( 9 ) ( 7 ) ( 9 )
8 Legolas 92 – WESTF
G \ Bay \ 2002 \ Laomedon x FLORESTAN II
USA
1100 74.167 73.646 75.000 70.521 73.542 73.375
Steffen  Peters
Four Winds Farm LLC
( 8 ) ( 7 ) ( 8 ) ( 15 ) ( 7 )
9 Kingsley Siro – KWPN
G \ Black \ 1999 \ Gribaldi x Hemmingway
NED
800 73.438 72.813 73.333 75.000 70.729 73.062
Danielle  Heijkoop
D. Heykoop
( 9 ) ( 8 ) ( 10 ) ( 6 ) ( 15 )
10 D´Agostino 5 – HANN
G \ Chestnut \ 2000 \ De Niro x Shogun xx
GER
500 72.917 70.417 75.417 74.271 71.458 72.896
Fabienne  Lütkemeier
Gina Capellmann-Lütkemeier
( 10 ) ( 14 ) ( 7 ) ( 8 ) ( 12 )
11 Fitou L – DWB
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Florestan I x May Sherie
DEN
500 71.354 72.813 71.875 73.646 71.979 72.333
Lone Bang  Larsen
Lotte Bang Larsen, Flemming Bang larsen
( 13 ) ( 8 ) ( 12 ) ( 10 ) ( 10 )
12 Grandioso – PRE
S \ Bay \ 1999 \ Adelante x Sevillano IX
ESP
500 71.563 71.458 72.813 70.208 73.229 71.854
Jose Daniel  Martin Dockx
Jose Daniel Martin Dockx
( 12 ) ( 13 ) ( 11 ) ( 17 ) ( 8 )
13 Calecto V – DWB
S \ Bay \ 1998 \ Come Back II x RASTELL
USA
72.708 71.979 68.854 71.667 70.313 71.104
Tina  Konyot
Tina Konyot & John Byrialsen
( 11 ) ( 12 ) ( 22 ) ( 12 ) ( 17 )
14 Numberto – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Negro x Ahorn
ESP
69.688 72.083 69.688 71.146 70.833 70.688
Severo Jesus  Jurado Lopez
G.J.van Olst
( 18 ) ( 11 ) ( 21 ) ( 13 ) ( 14 )
15 Rafalca – OLDBG
M \ Bay \ 1997 \ Argentinius x RUBINSTEIN
USA
70.833 68.542 71.250 71.875 69.583 70.417
Jan  Ebeling
Amy Ebeling
( 14 ) ( 21 ) ( 14 ) ( 11 ) ( 20 )
16 Vradin – KWPN
M \ Bay \ 2002 \ Gribaldi x Michelangelo
BEL
67.813 70.313 71.042 70.625 71.042 70.167
Simon  Missiaen
Missiaen Roland
( 24 ) ( 15 ) ( 16 ) ( 14 ) ( 13 )
17 Vorst D – KWPN
G \ Chestnut \ 2002 \ Hors la Loi II x Lancelot
NED
68.958 69.792 71.250 69.583 70.417 70.000
Diederik  van Silfhout
M. Yeh, E. Beersen
( 21 ) ( 16 ) ( 14 ) ( 20 ) ( 16 )
18 Fabriano 58 – WESTF
S \ Bay \ 1999 \ Florestan I x Angelo XX
AUT
70.313 69.063 68.542 69.375 71.563 69.771
Renate  Voglsang
Renate Voglsang
( 15 ) ( 18 ) ( 23 ) ( 21 ) ( 11 )
19 Donnerfee – OLDBG
M \ Bay \ 2000 \ De Niro x Rosenkavalier
BEL
69.792 68.750 71.458 68.854 69.688 69.708
Claudia  Fassaert
Dirk Hooghe-Verhoeven
( 17 ) ( 19 ) ( 13 ) ( 24 ) ( 19 )
20 Marakov
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Rufs x Mitjulands
GBR
67.500 68.750 70.521 69.167 69.479 69.083
Michael  Eilberg
Mr F Eilberg
( 25 ) ( 19 ) ( 17 ) ( 23 ) ( 21 )
20 Skovlunds Más Guapo – DWB
G \ Black \ 1998 \ Master x Cannon Row xx
FIN
69.375 67.083 70.521 68.542 69.896 69.083
Mikaela  Lindh
Dressurstald Sølyst & Mikaela Lindh
( 20 ) ( 23 ) ( 17 ) ( 25 ) ( 18 )
22 Doktor – OLDBG
G \ Bay \ 2003 \ Diamond Hit x Renoir I
USA
69.688 68.229 70.208 69.375 67.708 69.042
Shelly  Francis
Patricia A. Stempel
( 18 ) ( 22 ) ( 19 ) ( 21 ) ( 26 )
23 Ulysses la Haya – KWPN
G \ DarkBay \ 2001 \ Gribaldi x Ulft
NED
65.938 69.688 70.104 70.000 68.229 68.792
Laurens  van Lieren
O.M. Boucher & J.H. Alberts
( 27 ) ( 17 ) ( 20 ) ( 18 ) ( 25 )
24 Liza Minelli – SWB
M \ DarkBay \ 1998 \ Cortez x Ganesco
SWE
67.917 66.771 67.500 70.313 69.479 68.396
Jeanna  Hogberg
Marina Högberg / Firma Acteur
( 23 ) ( 24 ) ( 26 ) ( 16 ) ( 21 )
25 Fleetwood – WESTF
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Florestan I x Bormio xx
SWE
68.750 66.250 67.813 69.792 68.333 68.188
Malin  Hamilton
Malin Hamilton
( 22 ) ( 25 ) ( 24 ) ( 19 ) ( 23 )
26 Unlimited – KWPN
G \ Chestnut \ 2001 \ Jazz x Winckenburgh
NED
70.313 66.250 67.500 68.229 66.250 67.708
Stephanie  Peters
B.M.A. Vonk, Stal Perlee
( 15 ) ( 25 ) ( 26 ) ( 26 ) ( 27 )
27 Soraya II – HANN
M \ Bay \ 2002 \ Sandro Hit x Donnerhall
FIN
65.938 66.146 67.708 67.083 65.208 66.417
Stella  Hagelstam
Stella Hagelstam
( 27 ) ( 27 ) ( 25 ) ( 27 ) ( 29 )
28 Triviant 2 – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Olivi x Saluut
SWE
66.875 65.000 63.750 63.438 68.333 65.479
Charlotte  Haid Bondergaard
Norrehee Dressage Björn & Mathias Haid
( 26 ) ( 28 ) ( 29 ) ( 29 ) ( 23 )
29 Pasoa – KWPN
M \ Bay \ 1997 \ Damocles x Hamilton
GBR
65.313 63.125 65.417 63.542 65.625 64.604
Nikki  Crisp
Miss N. Crisp
( 29 ) ( 29 ) ( 28 ) ( 28 ) ( 28 )
30 Toy Story – SWB
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Come Back II x Concorde
SWE
.000 .000 .000 .000 .000 ELIMINATED
Patrik  Kittel
Carol Oately u. Andrew Patrik Kittel, Carol & Andrew Oately
( 30 ) ( 30 ) ( 30 ) ( 30 ) ( 30 )