Helen Langehanenberg & Damon Hill Sweep Aachen CDIO to be Dressage Champions

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Helen Langehanenberg riding Damon Hill NRW to victory in the World Equestrian Festival Grand Prix Freestyle and CDIO champions. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Helen Langehanenberg riding Damon Hill NRW to victory in the World Equestrian Festival Grand Prix Freestyle and CDIO champions of Aachen. © 2013 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, June 30–Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW captured the Freestyle Sunday to sweep the CDIO5* and become champions of the World Equestrian Festival for for the second year in a row, the first repeat champion since Isabell Werth in 2007/2008.

The German 2012 Olympic combination that won the World Cup title two months ago was scored 85.300 per cent for the performance before a standing room only crowd of 5,000 spectators in the imposing Deutsche Bank stadium that was bathed in sunlight for most of the freestyle, after four previous days of rain and overcast skies.

Helen and the 13-year-old Westfalen stallion won all three levels for the championship, the Grand Prix, Special and the Freestyle as they did last year.

Isabell, who holds the record of nine CDIO titles, placed second on Don Johnson FRH with a score of 82.075 per cent that is likely to insure she joins Helen and Damon Hill on the German team for the European Championships in Herning, Denmark in late August.

Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, who performed two duties this weekend as her Denmark was the official partner and as a member of the royal family had to fulfill official engagements, finished third on Digby with 80.900 per cent. The horse that she rode in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics is consistently among the top performers in the world at the age of 16.

Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Digby in the Aachen Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Digby in the Aachen Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2013 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

The young Danish star, Anna Kasprzak and Donnperignon were the only other combination above 80 per cent with a score of 80.475 per cent and were reserve champions in the CDIO standings while her coach, Andreas Helgstrand and Akeem Foldager placed fifth on 79.175 per cent.

The United States’ Steffen Peters, who was the CDIO champion here on Ravel in 2009, made some adjustments to the opening moves of their performance and executed well to finish in sixth place on 78.675 per cent.

Compared to the Grand Prix Special where the horse missed on both the two lines of one-tempi changes, there was a “gigantic step” in improvement in the Freestyle that, Steffen said, resulted in his best freestyle with Legolas so far.

Two other U.S. combinations that made it to the Freestyle, 2012 Olympic team partnerships of Tina Konyot and Calecto V and Jan Ebeling and Rafalca, finished 10th and 13th, respectively.

Spain’s Jose Daniel Martin Dockx rode the U.S.-owned Grandioso to eighth place on 78.175 per cent.
Results:

Final standings after three competitions–Grand Prix, Special, Freestyle:
1. Helen Langehanenberg – GER – Damon Hill
2. Anna Kasprzak – DEN – Donnerignon
3. Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein – DEN – Digby
4. Isabell Werth – GER – Don Johnson FRH
5. Anabel Balkenhol – GER – Dablno FRH
6. Steffen Peters – USA – Legolas 92
7. Andreas Helgstrand – DEN – Akeem Foldager
8. Jose Daniel Martin Dockx – ESP – Grandioso
9. Danielle Heijkoop – NED – Kingsley Siro
10. Victoria Max-Theurer – AUT – Augustin OLD
11. Tina Konyot – USA – Calecto V
12. Simon Missiaen – BEL – Vradin
13. Jan Ebeling – USA – Rafalca
14. Diederik van Silfhout – NED – Vorst D
15. Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez – ESP – Numberto

Grand Prix Freestyle

Judge E: Leif Törnblad (DEN) Judge H: Susie Hoevenaars (AUS) Judge C: Dietrich Plewa (GER)
Judge M: Francis Verbeek-van Rooij (NED) Judge B: Andrew Gardner (GBR)
Rank HORSE – Breeding
sex\color\born\sire x siredam\
Judge E Judge H Judge C Judge M Judge B Total
RIDER
owner
technical
artistic
technical
artistic
technical
artistic
technical
artistic
technical
artistic
1 Damon Hill NRW – WESTF
S \ DarkChestnut \ 2000 \ Donnerhall x Rubinstein I
GER
43000 83.25 79.25 82.25 81.50 83.75 85.300
Helen  Langehanenberg
Christian Becks
89.00 85.00 89.00 90.00 90.00
2 Don Johnson FRH – HANN
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Don Frederico x Warkant
GER
26000 74.75 78.00 79.25 79.50 80.25 82.075
Isabell  Werth
Madeleine Winter-Schulze
84.00 82.00 89.00 87.00 87.00
3 Digby – DWB
G \ DarkBay \ 1997 \ Donnerhall x Sandro
DEN
20000 77.00 78.50 79.00 79.75 77.75 80.900
Nathalie zu  Sayn-Wittgenstein
Dr. M. Siebert, R. White Nathalie zu Sayn Wittgenstein
81.00 83.00 85.00 86.00 82.00
4 Donnperignon – FWB
G \ DarkChestnut \ 1999 \ Donnerhall x Mozart II79
DEN
13000 77.00 75.25 76.00 79.00 77.50 80.475
Anna  Kasprzak
Kasprzak Family
85.00 79.00 86.00 88.00 82.00
5 Akeem Foldager – DWB
G \ Bay \ 2002 \ Akinos x Loran
DEN
7000 75.00 77.00 78.50 77.00 76.25 79.175
Andreas  Helgstrand
Patricia Florin
80.00 81.00 85.00 83.00 79.00
6 Legolas 92 – WESTF
G \ Bay \ 2002 \ Laomedon x FLORESTAN II
USA
5000 76.00 74.25 73.75 76.50 75.25 78.675
Steffen  Peters
Four Winds Farm LLC
86.00 79.00 83.00 82.00 81.00
7 Dablino FRH – HANN
G \ DarkChestnut \ 2000 \ De Niro x Wanderbursch II
GER
3500 77.25 75.50 75.00 75.25 75.50 78.250
Anabel  Balkenhol
Klaus & Judith Balkenhol
86.00 79.00 81.00 80.00 78.00
8 Grandioso – PRE
S \ Bay \ 1999 \ Adelante x Sevillano IX
ESP
2000 76.50 74.50 74.50 76.25 74.00 78.175
Jose Daniel  Martin Dockx
Jose Daniel Martin Dockx
86.00 79.00 83.00 81.00 77.00
9 Kingsley Siro – KWPN
G \ Black \ 1999 \ Gribaldi x Hemmingway
NED
1500 74.25 72.50 72.75 74.00 75.50 75.100
Danielle  Heijkoop
D. Heykoop
76.00 75.00 76.00 78.00 77.00
10 Calecto V – DWB
S \ Bay \ 1998 \ Come Back II x RASTELL
USA
1500 69.00 72.50 74.75 74.00 73.75 74.900
Tina  Konyot
Tina Konyot & John Byrialsen
77.00 77.00 78.00 77.00 76.00
11 Vradin – KWPN
M \ Bay \ 2002 \ Gribaldi x Michelangelo
BEL
1500 73.75 74.25 71.00 72.75 72.75 73.650
Simon  Missiaen
Missiaen Roland
75.00 76.00 71.00 75.00 75.00
12 Vorst D – KWPN
G \ Chestnut \ 2002 \ Hors la Loi II x Lancelot
NED
1500 68.75 71.75 72.50 73.25 71.00 72.825
Diederik  van Silfhout
M. Yeh, E. Beersen
72.00 73.00 74.00 77.00 75.00
13 Rafalca – OLDBG
M \ Bay \ 1997 \ Argentinius x RUBINSTEIN
USA
1500 68.25 69.00 69.75 69.00 69.25 72.025
Jan  Ebeling
Amy Ebeling
76.00 77.00 73.00 74.00 75.00
14 Augustin OLD – OLDBG
S \ Bay \ 2000 \ August der Starke x Rohdiamant
AUT
1500 64.50 68.25 68.75 66.75 67.00 69.725
Victoria  Max-Theurer
Elisabeth Max-Theurer, Schloss Achleiten
69.00 71.00 77.00 73.00 72.00
15 Numberto – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Negro x Ahorn
ESP
1500 63.25 68.50 63.75 65.00 64.00 65.950
Severo Jesus  Jurado Lopez
G.J.van Olst
66.00 70.00 67.00 65.00 67.00