„I still can’t believe it“ - Helen Langehanenberg wins the eighth World Cup station in Neumuenster
Neumuenster – A little bit stunned she stared at the ranking of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage: „I still can’t believe it, I feel like walking on air….”, Helen Langehanenberg from Havixbeck in Germany mumbled. With the win in the Grand Prix freestyle, presented by the VR Bank Neumuenster and the Bausparkassen Schwäbisch Hall the petite Westphalian and her stallion Damon Hill NRW are now placed first in the West European league of the Dressage World Cup. With this motivation on their back the pair can now look forward to the Reem Acra FEI World Cup final in s’Hertogenbosch (Netherlands) from 18.- 22. April.
The eighth station of the running World Cup season, which is taking place for the 26xt time in Neumuenster is a worthy location with an enthusiastic audience that always attracts many spectators. They all saw the six-time winner of Neumuenster Isabell Werth with her horse El Santo NRW, who is called “Ernie” placed on rank two. “It is obvious that we had a few problems in the piaffe, we will have to work on that for sure” the most successful German dressage rider admitted, “I hope I will have a good idea, or even better Ernie will have one”.
Rank three went to Uta Graef and her stallion Le Noir, who arrived from southern Germany. She and her calm stallion from Schleswig Holstein were welcomed warmly at their first performance in Neumuenster.
The audience, as always, was fantastic: “If there was a price for the best World Cup audience then Neumuenster would have owned this price”, said the international judge Mariette Withages Dieltjens from Belgium, who has been judging the FEI World Cup in Neumuenster for several times before. “For us judges it is also a very special arena, because we are sitting so close to the audience, that we can practically feel their breath in our neck – and we can hear every comment”, said the laughing Belgian.
Judges, sponsors and the organiser were all of the same opinion concerning the starting field with riders from ten nations: a variety with many interesting young horses in one competition, which is always good for the sport.
04 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage presented by the VR Bank Neumünster and the Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall AG FEI Grand Prix Freestyle
1. Helen Langehanenberg (Havixbeck), Damon Hill NRW, 83.300% 2. Isabell Werth (Rheinberg), El Santo NRW, 80.975% 3. Uta Gräf (Kirchhelmbolanden), Le Noir, 77.475% 4. Dorothee Schneider (Framersheim), Diva Royal, 76.550% 5. Lone Jörgensen (Dänemark, FBW De Vito, 76.250% 6. Nadine Capellmann (Würselen), Girasol, 73.550% 7. Mikaela Lindh (Finnland), Skovlunds Mas Guapo, 72.800% 8. Cathrine Rasmussen (Norwegen), Fernandez, 72.800% 9. Terhi Stegars (Finnland), Axis TSF, 70.525% 10. Claudia Fassaert (Belgien), Donnerfee, 70.525%