Damon Hill races to victory in FEI World Cup Dressage

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Damon Hill races to victory in FEI World Cup Dressage

Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW claimed victory in the third leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European League series at Stuttgart in Germany where the host country dominated the line-up of 10 nations.

The winning partnership, which was part of the Olympic silver medal team at Greenwich, finished more than four marks ahead of German counterparts Kristina Sprehe and Desperados FRH, with Italy’s Valentina Truppa and with Eremo del Castegno in third place.

Judge at C, Dr Dieter Schule, said "The standard was really high and the top riders produced really good tests. We looked at the quality of the performances, the difficulty of each freestyle and how well the horses and riders worked with their music along with the technical aspects - and Helen and Damon Hill were exceptional today."

Helen Langehanenberg talked about what she and Damon Hill had been doing since London 2012.

"He had a break, going out into the paddock and hacking and jogging a bit, and then three or four weeks ago he started back to work again and I’ve been amazed.  It feels now like he is doing things, the difficult movements, by himself instead of waiting to be asked, and he’s so happy to back competing again. To be honest it all just feels really easy with him right now, he is so active and so fresh" she explained.

Describing the stallion’s character, Helen said the thing she likes most about Damon Hill is "that he always fights for me" and that he is super-intelligent.

"I’m pretty sure he can read and he can write, he knows exactly what’s going on all the time, and of course he just loves attention, so he gets lots of it!  In fact he’s sometimes more like a big dog than a horse; he is so affectionate and friendly.  If he could sit on the sofa beside you and cuddle up, then he would!"

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