The pressure was immense, that is indisputable. When Jill-Marielle Becks started riding Damon Hill, with whom Helen Langehanenberg had competed successfully for so many years, this was clear from the beginning. However, Becks accepted the challenge and as yet is successful. Their first performance at the Equitana convinced the critics, then last week she won the sighting for the Preis der Besten in Vechta – Becks’ first dressage at S level- and now her first international competition followed at the Horses & Dreams in Hagen. With the son of Donnerhall she started in the Prix St. Georg, the CDI 1* tour, and won with a superior 79,211 percent.
“Everyone thinks it is so very easy to ride an experienced Grand Prix horse in a dressage competition at S level, ” the winner said. “However, it is even harder. Damon Hill first wanted to make rather more than less changes and was very focused on Grand Prix.” At the same time, Jil-Marielle Becks also learns a lot from her “professor”: “I benefit from Damon Hill’s experience. He is a strong schoolmaster. When I make a mistake, he also makes a mistake. He forces me to ride always with full concentration.”
Second place went to Swedish Jessica Anderson with Hanoveranian stallion and national champion of 2011, Callaho’s Benicio (77,553%), third place to Dorothee Schneider with Demiró son Desano (75,105%).