Tinne & Don Auriello Win Munich CDI5* Freestyle, Isabell & Don Johnson 2nd
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MUNICH, Germany, May 12–Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén and Don Auriello won the World Dressage Masters Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday, the second straight €100,000 (US$130,000) CDI5* event won by the pair this year and edging out hometown favorite Isabell Werth on Don Johnson FRH by four-tenths of a percentage point.
The six-time Olympian for Sweden scored 80.525 per cent for the victory on the horse she took to last year’s summer Games in London and the same mount she rode in the Masters in Palm Beach last January. Tinne and the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Don Davidoff x Wey o mey x White Star) began their Grand Prix career in Florida in February, 2011 and since then have made Wellington their winter base.
For Isabell and Don Johnson, a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Don Frederico x Werona x Warkant) their score of 80.125 per cent put them in second, the highest placing in 10 starts so far this year.
Patrik Kittel and Watermill Scandic H.B.C., on the Swedish team with Tinne and Don Auriello at the London Olympics, placed third on 77.350 per cent.
The victory also clinched for Tinne the Nürnberger rider bonus of €25,000 ((US$32,500) for the second year in a row.
The World Dressage Masters has an abbreviated outdoor schedule of Palm Beach, Munich and Falsterbo, Sweden for the second year in a row as the event was dropped by Hickstead, England–in 2012 because of conflict with the Olympics and this year opting instead to join the Nations Cup series being tested by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI).