Euro News - Helen Langehanenberg, Queen of 2013 CDIO Aachen

Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill are the 2013 CDIO Aachen Grand Champions (Photo © Astrid Appels)
Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill are the 2013 CDIO Aachen Grand Champions (Photo © Astrid Appels)

German Olympian Helen Langehanenberg put the icing on the cake when she won the 2013 CDIO Aachen Grand Prix Kur to Music in a sell-out stadium on Sunday morning 30 July 2013. The 31-year old completed a hattrick and became the queen of the show with triple 80% scoring tests. The Aachen CDIO Kur to Music was an interesting class with high class horses that performed at top level but with room for more. Langehanenberg rode her new freestyle for which many spectators still need to acquire a taste with its spaghetti-line choreography. On a technical level the passage was elastic with super swing, the piaffes were rhythmical though Damon Hill (by Donnerhall x Rubinstein) could shift more weight to the hindquarters.

The extended trots were superb. Despite the featherlight contact Helen has with the bit, the liver chestnut stallion should close the mouth instead of rolling around those bits like chewing gum. The extended walk and collected walk were lovely. The two tempi changes were hugh, but could have been a bit more collected in the frame. Langehanenberg scored 85.300% to be a league of her own.

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