Aachen, Germany – July 20, 2017 – Helen Langehanenberg is familiar with the feeling of the German national anthem playing for her in the Deutsche Bank Stadium in Aachen as she often experienced it with Damon Hill. However, she was speechless when the anthem played after she won the CDI4* Grand Prix, and it brought tears to her eyes.
“Winning in Aachen is always something very special!” said Langehanenberg.
Her new Grand Prix mount is Leatherdale Farms’ Damsey FRH, a 15-year-old Hanoverian stallion. She has been riding the Dressage Royal son for a year and a half. Since then, they have continually improved.
“We have improved with a few ups and downs, but always with an upward trend,” stated Langehanenberg.
Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH’s victory in Aachen was one for the books and a huge accomplishment in their career together.
“This was perfection!” commented Damsey’s owner, Louise Leatherdale, who was also holding back tears during the award ceremony.
The Team World Champion and the elegant dark bay stallion delivered a harmonious ride without any mistakes and full of expression. The judges awarded the pair a score of 75.900 percent.
“I would have given you a 78 percent!” exclaimed Olympic gold medalist Heike Kemmer to Langehanenberg as she walked by.
“I came here with the intention of riding to win, and he played along so well and fought so hard for me. I am so proud of him and how we have come together so well!” said Langehanenberg .
The next goal is obvious: to give a similar performance again on Friday in the Grand Prix Special, the Lindt Prize.
Langehanenberg’s victory was all the more significant because she relegated the dressage queen into second place – Isabell Werth with the 11-year-old Westphalian gelding Emilio. The six time Olympic gold medalist had some costly mistakes in both the two-tempi and one-tempi flying changes. The pair earned a score of 75.040 percent.
The Danish rider, Anna Kasprzak, was delighted with coming in third place with a score of 74.320 percent. Kasprzak’s 18-year-old Donnerhall offspring made a come-back at Aachen after a long period of injury.