Stockholm, Sweden - Dec. 14, 2018 - After impressive CDI performances throughout 2018, Olympian Helen Langehanenberg and Leatherdale Farms' Damsey FRH have continued their success to wrap up their season on a high note. The pair recently moved up on the FEI Dressage World Ranking List to conclude the year tied for sixth position.
"This year has been absolutely amazing with Damsey," Langehanenberg explained. "He gets better from show to show and is more closed in his body. He is so fresh, has so much fun and is always really willing to perform.
In the spring, the pair gave a dominating performance at the CDI-W Neumünster with a personal high score of 83.88 percent. Following Langehanenberg's maternity leave, they returned to the show ring as members of the German team at the prestigious CDIO5* Nations Cup in Aachen, Germany. Langehanenberg and the 16-year-old Hanoverian stallion were the highest scoring German combination in the Grand Prix with a 77.034 percent and helped Germany secure the gold medal.
"I am so very proud of Damsey FRH and the riding that Helen does to help him achieve his potential in the dressage arena," Louise Leatherdale said. "What a joy it was to see absolutely magical moments in their freestyle at Stockholm in how they communicate together. Having seen so many of Damsey's offspring over the years, including my own talented sons and daughters, shows how his talent in dressage is passed along to those youngsters. It is a thrill to be able to observe Damsey first hand!"
With their eyes on qualifying for the FEI World Cup™ Finals next year, Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH won the CDI-W Grand Prix in Herning, Denmark and placed second in the Grand Prix Freestyle with an 81.40 percent. A few weeks later, they continued racking up qualifying points after their performance at the CDI-W in Stuttgart, Germany.
Most recently, Damsey FRH placed fourth in both the Grand Prix with a 77.196 percent and an 83.495 percent in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the CDI5* in Stockholm, Sweden.
"I think our Grand Prix Freestyle at Stockholm might be the best we have ever done - absolutely regular in every step," Langehanenberg said. "Our goal in 2019 will be the FEI World Cup™ Finals in Gothenburg, and we will be heading in a few weeks to compete at the CDI-W in Mechelen, Belgium and then the CDI-W in Amsterdam in January. Damsey is the strongest character I have ever met, but I have so much fun with him and I am so thankful that Louise [Leatherdale] and the Meyers gave him to me to ride. He is so willing to do the sport!"