Helen Langehanenberg Scores Personal Lifetime Best Riding Damon Hill to Victory at Stuttgart World Cup Freestyle

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Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

16 November 2013

STUTTGART, Germany, Nov. 16–Helen Langehanenberg rode Damon Hill NRW to victory in the German Masters Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday with a lifetime personal best score of 89.775 per cent in the first step of her campaign to defend the World Cup title the German pair won seven months ago.

The performance by Helen and the 13-year-old Westfalen stallion (Donnerhall x Rubenstein I), Germany’s top ranked partnership at No. 2 in the world, was the second German Masters title in a row and surpassed their previous best result of 88.286 per cent the pair posted in claiming the World Cup in Sweden in April.

“I had the best feeling ever riding him,” Helen said after the event which was he first of two qualifiers she needs to get an automatic entry to the Final in Lyon, France next April as the title defender. “The horse gave me the feeling, he will do everything for me.”

Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill in Stuttgart World Cup Freestyle. © Photo: FEI/Karl-Heinz Frieler
Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill in Stuttgart World Cup Freestyle. © Photo: FEI/Karl-Heinz Frieler

Some of the loudest cheers were showered on Isabell Werth who rode El Santo NRW, the horse at the center of a six-month suspension the rider has appealed, to second place on 83.125 per cent. It was their second best Freestyle result, behind 84.050 per cent posted at Munich in May, 2012.

Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén and Don Auriello were third on 83.325 per cent.

Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén and Don Auriello competing in the Stuttgart World Cup Freestyle. © 2013 Hans-Georg Linsenmeyer
Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén and Don Auriello competing in the Stuttgart World Cup Freestyle. © 2013 Hans-Georg Linsenmeyer

“I’m really pleased with him, he has developed and matured a lot more and now I can take the power that he shows in the warm-up into the arena with me.” Tinne said. “He’s so self-assured now, and loves the audience and the atmosphere. That makes a big difference to the kind of performances you can produce.”

Tinne plans to compete at the next leg of the World Cup circut near her home in Stockholm.

After that, Don Auriello will spend winter in Florida where Tinne made the Grand Prix debut of the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding almost three years ago and since then have competed at the Olympics, European Championships and two World Cup Finals.

“We will go to the U.S. just before Christmas,” she said. “It will be much nicer for him than a cold winter in Stockholm.”

The results vaulted Isabell into second place in the West European League standings with 35 points–she was awarded the 20 points for first because the title defender gets no points–and two points behind Switzerland’s Marcella Krinke Susmelj who had earned points in the Central European League. Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén was in third place on 34 points.

This premier German indoor event, hosting the second of eight West European League qualifiers for the Final in Lyon, France next April, also saw other personal best results, including two 20-something German riders.

Fabienne Lütkemeier, aged 24, and D’Agostino logged their personal best of 78.400 for fourth place and 27-year-old Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, who married in the summer, also posted a personal best score on Unee BB of 76.225 per cent for seventh place.

The 24-year-old Fabienne Lütkemeier and D'Agostino at Stuttgart. © 2013 Hans-Georg Linsenmeyer
The 24-year-old Fabienne Lütkemeier and D’Agostino at Stuttgart. © 2013 Hans-Georg Linsenmeyer

The next WEL qualifier is scheduled for Stockholm at the end of this month.

West European League standings after two of eight competitions:

1. KRINKE SUSMELJ, Marcela   SUI   37
2. WERTH, Isabell  GER  35
3. VILHELMSSON SILFVÉN, Tinne  SWE  34
4T. KEMPKES, Matthias  GER  23
4T. LÜTKEMEIER, Fabienne  GER  23
6T. FARBROT, Ellen Birgitte  NOR  20
6T. KASPRZAK, Anna  DEN  20
6T. WERNDL, Jessica  GER  20
9T. SOLDI, Ester  ITA  19
9T. VAN DER MEER, Patrick  NED  19
11T. WEINBAUER, Belinda  AUT  17
11T. BARBANÇON MESTRE, Morgan  ESP  17
13. MISSIAEN, Simon  BEL  16
14T. BERESFORD, Hayley  AUS  15
14T. ZIMMER, Sylvia  GER  15
16T. SPREHE, Kristina  GER  13
16T. MERRALD, Nanna Skodborg  DEN  13
17T. HÄCKI, Caroline  SUI  12
17T. HAMILTON, Malin  SWE  12
17T.. TELDE, Minna  SWE  12
20. MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter  NED  11
21T. HEIJKOOP, Danielle  NED  10
21T. COSTANTINI, Isabelle  LUX  10
21T. HOGBERG, Jeanna  SWE  10
24T. MAX-THEURER, Victoria AUT 9
24T. ROSS DAVIES, Anna Louise  GBR  9

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle

Placed competitors
 
1. 70 Damon Hill NRW Langehanenberg, Helen GER 11035 EUR 89.775 points
dchst 13-j.S v.Donnerhall/M.v.Rubinstein I/WESTF/GER26971/B: Becks,Christian RV St. Georg Münster
 
2. 84 El Santo NRW Werth, Isabell GER 8035 EUR 83.125 points
bay 12-j.G v.Ehrentusch/M.v.Rhythmus/RHEIN/GER44504/B: Winter-Schulze,Madeleine RFV Graf v.Schmettow Eversael
 
3. 374 Don Auriello Vilhelmson-Silfven, Tinne SWE 6035 EUR 82.325 points
bay 11-j.G v.Don Davidoff/M.v.White Star/HANN/GER43436/B: Lövsta Stuteri Sweden
 
4. 68 D’Agostino FRH Lütkemeier, Fabienne GER 4535 EUR 78.400 points
chest 13-j.G v.De Niro/M.v.Shogun xx/HANN/GER42139/B: Capellmann-Lütkemeier,Gina RFV Paderborn
 
5. 76 Desperados FRH Sprehe, Kristina GER 2535 EUR 77.750 points
black 12-j.S v.De Niro/M.v.Wolkenstein II/HANN/GER45347/B: Gestüt Sprehe GmbH RUFG Falkenberg
 
6. 367 Uzzo Meer, Patrick van der NED 2035 EUR 76.350 points
bay 12-j.G v.Lancet/M.v.Indoctro/KWPN/102OZ73/B: Trainingsstal De hoeve Netherlands
 
7. 179 Unee BB Bredow-Werndl, Jessica von GER 1535 EUR 76.225 points
dbay 12-j.S v.Gribaldi/M.v.Dageraad/KWPN/102YN67/B: Bürchler-Keller,Beatrice A. RFV Aubenhausen
 
8. 362 Smeyers Lazander Krinke Susmelj, Marcela SUI 1035 EUR 75.500 points
chest 12-j.G v.Solos Landtinus/M.v.Lebensmann/DWB/DEN40387/B: Meyer Irene Switzerland
 
9. 366 Eichendorff Max-Theurer, Victoria AUT 540 EUR 74.775 points
bay 15-j.S v.Ehrentusch/M.v.Ferragamo/WESTF/AUT04389/B: Elisabeth Max-Theurer Austria
 
10. 372 Axis TSF Stegars, Terhi FIN 540 EUR 73.475 points
black 14-j.S v.Sixtus/M.v.Angard/TRAK/GER44244/B: Terhi Stegars Finland
 
11. 370 Equitop Torricelli LS Schoots, Lotje NED 535 EUR 71.800 points
bay 13-j.G v.Florestan I/M.v.Pion/KWPN/NED40286/B: G. Schoots Netherlands
 
12. 249 Riccoletto Kempkes, Matthias GER 535 EUR 71.150 points
chest 11-j.G v.Rivero II/M.v.Alcatraz/BAY/103CG45/B: Kempkes,Matthias RA München
 
13. 369 Vradin Missiaen, Simon BEL 535 EUR 68.575 points
bay 11-j.M v.Gribaldi/M.v.Michelangelo/KWPN/102YA81/B: Missiaen Roland Belgium
 
14. 361 Esperanto John, Andrea AUT 535 EUR 57.825 points
black 12-j.G v.Escudo II/M.v.Rio Branco/HANN/103CT44/B: Andrea John Austria
 

 

 
 Judges: (E)  G.Fouarge (NED)  Total prize money:
€40000
(H)  H.Matthiesen (DEN)
(C)  K.Wüst (GER)
(M)  Dr.V.Truppa (ITA)
(B)  Dr.W.Markowski (POL)