Interview with Helen Langehanenberg

"Everything feels right"

Helen Langehanenberg remembers her first outing to Aachen well: “I had never been to Aachen to watch, I’d heard a lot about it, but I had to experience it myself to actually find out what they meant: Aachen is special, Aachen is simply Aachen.” Her second daughter was born just over two weeks ago and she firmly plans to compete in the dressage competitions that start in ten days’ time. When we rang her in morning she was – of course – riding a horse.

Question: How are you and Finja? And what are the nights like?
Helen Langehanenberg: We are fine, amazing good actually. Of course, the nights are shorter, they could gladly be two or three hours longer. But that is one’s self-chosen fate and was clear beforehand. Finja is very good and everything was very uncomplicated with her from the start.

Question: You were sitting on a horse when we called, how long didn’t you ride for after the birth?
Helen Langehanenberg: Finja was born on the Wednesday and I was back on a horse the Monday after. Admittedly rather shaky, my muscles had gone and I felt like the first person on a horse ever. After about the third day, things felt right again. I notice that it gets better every day and feels more and more familiar. But I am afraid I am definitely still going to have quite a belly when I compete in Aachen.

Question: How is the training going?
Helen Langehanenberg: Very good. Quite honestly: I wouldn’t have thought that everything would go so well after the break. So far I have a very good feeling.

Question: Do you think it will work out with the CHIO Aachen?
Helen Langehanenberg: Well, you know Damsey is 16 now, what shall I wait for? Everything feels right. But one thing is sure: I will only travel to Aachen if it makes sense for me.

Question: You have already won the Deutsche Bank Prize twice, you also celebrated two victories in the small tour. What does Aachen mean to you?
Helen Langehanenberg: One always wants to compete in Aachen, one wants to perform well there. I could have chosen a smaller stage for my comeback after the time off having the baby. But I want to be there at the Soers. And of course if I ultimately do well in the dressage arena too, it wouldn’t be a bad thing either.


The dressage competitions at the CHIO Aachen 2018 start on Wednesday, July 18th. Helen Langehanenberg will be taking part in the CDI4* Tour, so she will be live in action for the first time on the Wednesday in the HAVENS Pferdefutter Prize. Where she will be participating against famous riders, among others Isabell Werth, Dorothee Schneider, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, Fabienne Müller-Lütkemeier and also Steffen Peters from the USA are all going to be there.
The CDIO5* begins on Thursday with the Prize of the Tesch Family. There are still tickets left, whereby the Saturday and Sunday are already sold out. Tickets for the dressage competitions are available online and from the hotline: on +49-(0)241-917-1111.


Das Bild zeigt Helen Langehanenberg im Sattel von Damsey FRH beim CHIO Aachen 2017. (Foto: CHIO Aachen/ Arnd Bronkhorst).

Das Bild zeigt Helen Langehanenberg im Sattel von Damsey FRH beim CHIO Aachen 2017. (Foto: CHIO Aachen/ Arnd Bronkhorst).