Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén & Don Auriello Win Wellington World Cup Grand Prix

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Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén riding Don Auriello to victory in Global Dressage Festival’s World Cup Grand Prix. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 17–Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén on Don Auriello competed for the first time at the new Global Dressage Festival on Friday and in their first competition in three months posted a solid victory in the World Cup Grand Prix on the 10-year-old gelding that has become her top horse.

The Swedish combination, looking to secure an invitation to the World Cup Final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, April 18-22, scored 72.681 per cent with Canada’s Ashley Holzer on Breaking Dawn second on 70.596 per cent and Todd Flettrich on Otto as the top finishing U.S. combination tied with a score of 70.596 per cent, broken by the collective marks.

Tinne and Don Auriello (Don Davidoff x Wey o mey x White Star) will compete in the $20,000 (€15,200) Grand Prix Freestyle under lights Saturday night in an effort to solidify their sixth place ranking in the World Cup Western European League with only two more qualifying competitions on the WEL calendar.

Don Auriello began his Grand Prix career in Tinne’s first Florida season in 2011 but the rider also has Divertimento and Favourit, whom she rode at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010 as well as the European Championships in 2009 and 2011. She was scheduled to ride Favourit this weekend but scratched when the horse suffered a colic.

She said that after Don Auriello’s World Cup event in Stockholm in November she focused on training and not competition “which has been really good” for the horse.

The tentative schedule is to compete Favourit at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby World Cup event in nearby Loxahatchee in two weeks.

Ashley Holzer and Breaking Dawn. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Both Ashley Holzer and Todd Flettrich joked about the closeness of the result, but neither will compete in the freestyle instead moving on to the $10,000 (€7,600) Olympic Grand Prix Special on Sunday as they are  focused on the Olympic Games in London in the summer and not the World Cup Final.

Ashley said she was impressed by the maturity of Breaking Dawn, an 11-year-old KWPN gelding (Akribori x Eveline x L.Ronald) whose name was changed from Ultiems Flemming when bought by P.J. Rizvi after the Hollywood blockbuster produced by her husband.

Ashley said that in this, only his fourth CDI since she began competing him at the top level in November, she was nervous about the “big international show” atmosphere in the dressage arena and when she heard a horn blowing for a jumping Grand Prix on a grass arena that adjoins the dressage complex but “he didn’t care and did a great test.”

Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Stadium complex with competition at the Global Dressage Festival and the Win-ter Equestrian Festival jumping event. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

There were “some green errors, said the Olympian who is Canada’s top dressage rider, but he was very brilliant and more relaxed in the canter where he has shown a bit of tension in the past.

“At the end of the day the top horses have to take the atmosphere,” she said, “because that is what it is like in Aachen (Germany). The horses have to be able to focus and concentrate and do their job, not freaking because of what’s going on around them. This is a great atmosphere to deal with and great preparation for Aachen. It’s a great situation to have a show like this in Wellington with this atmosphere on an animal that wants to do it.”

Todd Flettrich, who is based in Wellington, said he had not ridden his World Equestrian Games team mount at the new facility before this competition and while “it was a little risky on my part he is an older experienced horse” who could handle the venue.

Todd said that Otto, a 16-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Rambo x Jubel x Rampal), is “better now than he’s ever been” with “great heart and great spirit” whom he is aiming for the U.S. Olympic selection trials.

Maribel Alonso of Mexico, president of the ground jury, described the new show grounds as “fantastic” and “when finished will be to die for.”

Several million dollars have been invested in the new show grounds for which about 60 acres have been dedicated for the dressage facility with a  distinctly Palm Beach look of dozens of palm trees and colorful floral landscaping around the outdoor arenas, a giant covered arena and permanent stables.

Anna Tillman on Dream Boy sporting Palm Beach style tail coat at the Global Dressage Festival. © 2012 SusanJStickle.com

Complete results of the CDI-W Grand Prix:

E: Gurney H: Zang C: Alonso M: Collinder B: Mandl
Rider Horse
E H C M B Total % Pl.

Vilhelmson-Silfven, Tinne Don Auriello
344 346 340 337.5 340.5 1708 72.681% 1

Holzer, Ashley Breaking Dawn
337 333.5 332.5 324.5 331.5 1659 70.596% 2

Flettrich, Todd Otto
328 338.5 332 333.5 327 1659 70.596% 3

Koford, James Pharaoh
327 325.5 320 320 315 1607.5 68.404% 4

Blitz, Heather Paragon
312 328.5 317.5 322 321.5 1601.5 68.149% 5

St Jacques, Pierre Lucky Tiger
318 321.5 321.5 316 320.5 1597.5 67.979% 6

Harding, Shawna Come On III
317.5 314.5 313.5 306.5 324 1576 67.064% 7

Koford, James Rhett
312.5 316 323.5 305 317.5 1574.5 67.000% 8

Lyle, Adrienne Wizard
311.5 324 314 317.5 306 1573 66.936% 9

Brooks, Jacquline M. D Niro
303 321 307.5 303 312.5 1547 65.830% 10

Dutta, Susan Currency DC
308.5 316 310.5 302 299 1536 65.362%

Peters, Joni Lynn Travolta
305 297.5 312.5 309 311 1535 65.319%

Winter, Victoria Proton
311 301 311 291 313.5 1527.5 65.000%

Kim, Dong Seon Bukowski
306.5 300 307.5 302 298.5 1514.5 64.447%

Baumert, Jennifer Don Principe
297 301 301.5 300 296.5 1496 63.660%

Dvorak, Tom Corrigan
300 300 299.5 285 304 1488.5 63.340%

Strasser, Evi Action Tyme
304.5 298.5 291 290.5 297 1481.5 63.043%

Gundersen, Mikala My Lady
293.5 297.5 298 293.5 296 1478.5 62.915%

Losos de Muniz, Yvonne Liebling II
300.5 296 291 289 300.5 1477 62.851%

Jaccoma, Susan Wadamur
288.5 296 303.5 293 294 1475 62.766%

Vander Ploeg, Gary Cezanne
294 294.5 294 291 298 1471.5 62.617%

Cordia, Elaine Jewel’s Adelante
288 288.5 299.5 295.5 296.5 1468 62.468%

Creech, Diane Devon L
287.5 292.5 291.5 293.5 300.5 1465.5 62.362%

Marcus, David Chrevi’s Capital
287 304.5 286.5 288.5 294 1460.5 62.149%

MacLachlan, Nancy Deniros Tyme
288 289 293.5 286 283.5 1440 61.277%

Jensen, Stephanie Addiction
281.5 282 279.5 281.5 287.5 1412 60.085%

Dutta, Susan Golden Choice DC
285.5 279 285.5 278 273 1401 59.617%

Reteguiz-Denizard, Luis Nalando
272.5 271 267 259 285.5 1355 57.660%

Dueck, Shannon Ayscha

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