Anabel Balkenhol wins GERMAN DRESSAGE MASTER

Stuttgart – Watched by 4,800 spectators in the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, German Anabel Balkenhol, 40, won the Grand Prix Special for the Prize of the NÜRNBERGER Versicherungsgruppe and therefore the title of GERMAN DRESSAGE MASTER 2012 on Sunday morning. Her score of 75.933 per cent on Dablino FRH earned her 7,200 euro prize money. The winner of the team bronze medal at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington was highly pleased with her Hanoverian stallion, saying, “Dablino was very, very relaxed yesterday but lacked a little concentration today which is why we made a small mistake in the passage.” She had previously won the qualifying class for the Grand Prix Special on Saturday. Klaus Balkenhol, who coaches his daughter and Helen Langenhanenberg proudly added: “For me personally it was a fantastic weekend as both Helen und Anabel won all their classes. The winner also added: “I didn’t ride the World Cup because we’re in a transition phase at the moment. In January I’ll be starting a new freestyle with Dablino. Therefore I’m very grateful to have been able to ride the DRESSAGE GERMAN MASTER here.”

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In second and third were the same two riders as on the previous day. Runners-up Victoria Max-Theurer (Austria) and her ten-year-old Hanoverian mare Blind Date took home a 6,200 euro purse after being awarded 75.022 per cent. In third again was Dorothee Schneider (Germany) on Forward Looking, an 11-year-old Westphalia mare. The team silver medal winner in London this time managed 72.200 per cent to pocket 4,600 euro prize money.

Andreas Kötterheinrich representing the Nürnberger Versicherungsgruppe is delighted the company will be back again next year at the 29th STUTTGART GERMAN MASTER: “Stuttgart is a horse show with a satisfaction guarantee.”