Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén Notches 41st Grand Prix Level Win in Riding Don Auriello to Personal Best Special Result

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Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén of Sweden celebrating her 41st Grand Prix Level career victory and a personal best Special score on Don Auriello. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com- Don Auriello

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 16–Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén recorded her 41st Grand Prix level career victory Saturday when she rode Don Auriello to a personal best score in the Special at the Global Dressage Festival World Cup event.

The six-time Swedish Olympian scored 77.688 per cent aboard her London Olympic Games mount that will now get a break from competition to enjoy Florida’s balmy winter weather until returning to Sweden at the end of March to prepare for the World Cup Final in her homeland a month later.

The starting lineup of only four combinations in the Grand Prix Special was almost an all Scandinavian affair–Swedish-born Mette Rosencrantz who is a United States citizen and lives in California was second on 65.479 per cent and Wellington-based Mikala Munter Gundersen of Denmark on My Lady was third on 65.042 per cent.

Despite the small start list, Tinne said the “great challenge for myself” was to ride the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Don Davidoff x Wey o mey x White Star) was to go with more power without the horse becoming tense.

“I really had a plan and felt it worked out,” she said. “He felt great.”

Since Tinne and Don Auriello began their Grand Prix career, in Florida in 2011, the pair have recorded 19 first place finishs in 44 starts on both sides of the Atlantic, including the London Olympics last summer and the World Cup Final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands last April. The previous high score was 74.755 per cent was at one of those victories, at Munich, Germany last year.

Don Auriello with Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén aboard showing off his extended trot. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Tinne admitted that Don Auriello loved being the center of attention, which she discovered by him relaxing in awards ceremonies.

“He likes the attention,” she said. “He doesn’t like it when we pay attention to other horses.

“Carrots,” she replied to a question about his favorite treat, then reconsidered and said, “his favorite candy is attention.”

RESULTS;

FEI Grand Prix Special
E: Rockwell – USA H: Hotz – USA C: Roudier – FRA M: VanDaele – BEL B: Loriston-Clarke – GBR
Rider Ctzn Horse E % H % C % M % B % T % Pl.
Vilhelmson-Silfven, Tinne SWE Don Auriello 76.771% 76.146% 80.000% 78.021% 77.500% 77.688% 1
Rosencrantz, Mette USA Finally 66.354% 66.146% 63.125% 64.167% 67.604% 65.479% 2
Gundersen, Mikala Munter DEN My Lady 64.583% 66.354% 64.375% 64.792% 65.104% 65.042% 3
Cordia-Van Reesema, Elaine USA Jewel’s Adelante 67.292% 65.313% 65.000% 61.563% 64.479% 64.729% 4