Mannheim, Germany – May 15, 2017 – Since partnering with Leatherdale Farms’ stallion Damsey FRH (Dressage Royal-Ria Grande, Ritual), Olympian Helen Langehanenberg has ridden him to astounding success. In their CDI3* debut together in 2016, the pair won both the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special in Mannheim, Germany. Since their initial success, Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH have continued to develop a successful relationship, receiving top scores throughout Europe.
“Damsey is a brilliant horse and I really believe in him,” Langehanenberg said. “We have fun together and we really got to know each other. When you start a new partnership with a new horse, it always takes some time to adjust, but we have really grown together.
“He is very special with a great character and everything is very easy for him,” she continued. “He tells me how he would like to be ridden, and I’ve really learned a lot from him. Damsey is very kind and not stallion-like at all.”
After their stellar performance at Neumünster in February 2017, earning an impressive 79.15 percent in the Grand Prix Freestyle and second place in the competitive class, the German Olympic Equestrian Committee (DOKR) awarded them a place on the German B-Team.
“I was so excited about our success at the World Cup qualifier in Neumünster,” Langehanenberg explained. “It is great they honor our success by placing us on the B-Team, especially since he is 15 years old. They see such a future for him and that is very exciting. Damsey feels more supple, more fresh and more elated going into a show.”
The 15-year-old stallion is one of the top Hanoverian sires in the world, and Damsey FRH was based out of Hengststation Jens Meyer in Dorum, Germany. Jen and Susanne Meyer have partnered with Leatherdale Farms for the past 16 years and have worked diligently to develop Leatherdale Farms’ German operation.
“We are very proud of Helen and Damsey for their success!” Susanne said. “It was the first time she competed him in a World Cup class and it’s the highest class you can ride. She received nearly 80 percent so we are really happy! We were told they were on the B-Team and that is a big step for everyone. Damsey loves to compete with Helen and he has really started to dance for her.”
Damsey FRH is currently ranked in the top 10 of Grand Prix competitors in Germany and in their most recent competition, which took place May 6-7 in Mannheim, they won the prestigious Grand Prix Freestyle. Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH earned an impressive personal best score of 80.350 percent to jump into the lead.
Langehanenberg has expressed her excitement to be partnered with such an extraordinary stallion, and is thrilled with their results so far.
“My goal for the summer will be the German Championship in June, and if everything goes well, we will have a chance to go to Aachen,” Langehanenberg said. “I am really happy to be able to ride Damsey – it’s a chance for him, it’s a chance for me. I think we really work together well and I’m really looking forward to what’s to come.”