Sweden’s Tinne Silfvén Stars, Again, in Florida at Palm Beach World Cup Show

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Tinne Silven on Don Auriello in the Grand Prix at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

LOXHATACHEE, Florida, Mar. 4–Tinne Silfvén, nearing the end of three months competing on the Florida winter circuit for the first time, had winning rides in the Grand Prix and Intermediaire II within the space of one hour at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby World Cup qualifier Friday.

Tinne rode Don Auriello, the nine-year-old Don Davidoff gelding owned by Antonia Ax:son Johnson and in his first year at the top level of the sport, to a score of 70.000 per cent for first place in the Grand Prix for the Special. U.S. World Equestrian Games team combination of Tina Konyot and Calecto V scored 65.951 per cent for second place and Chris Hickey of Colora, Maryland, on Douglas Hilltop with 61.532 per cent in third place.

Just an hour before her Grand Prix ride, she rode Diverimento to victory in the open Intermediaire II with a score of 75.263 per cent with Dr. Cesar Parra of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, on Grandioso second on 70.789 per cent and Louisa Marcelle Eadie of Geneva, Florida, on Welt Cup third on 66.053 per cent.

Tinne brought nine horses to Wellington, Florida, for Antonia’s Lövsta Stuteri, including her European Championship and WEG mount, Favourit. In World Cup events in West Palm Beach in January and February, she posted three wins and one second place. She is scheduled to compete Favourit in the Grand Prix for the Freestyle at this competition on Saturday.

Tinne told dressage-news.com that being based in Wellington and competing in shows less than 30 minutes from the rented barn has been great as it has allowed her to compete to develop the horses. It has been, she said, perfect for the younger horses.

“I am really happy,” she said. “I have found the atmosphere very friendly and easygoing. I have felt so welcome.”

She said that he nine-year-old son, Lucas, had thrived in the public school he was enrolled in and his English had improved dramatically.

“I think he was sad to be leaving,” she said, explaining that Lucas had returned to Sweden.

Tina Konyot of Palm City, Florida, received the lowest score in a year for her Grand Prix ride that she described as a “disaster.”

Tina Konyot and Calecto V. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“It was a terrible ride,” she told dressage-news.com.

“I’m confused and surprised. It felt so terrible in the ring. He kicked out in the one-tempis… he has never kicked out before.

“He has been getting better and better at the last two shows. Yesterday, he felt like a million dollars.”

Tina said she is in pain and uncomfortable with back problems.

“Maybe I’m riding poorly because of that, but I don’t want to make excuses. I’d prefer to look for legitimate issues.

“Today he acted like a stallion. It could be just that.”