Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén & Don Auriello Win Palm Beach Derby World Cup Grand Prix

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Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén and Don Auriello in the Palm Beach Derby Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén and Don Auriello in the Palm Beach Derby Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 28, 2014–Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén and Don Auriello won the Palm Beach Dressage Derby World Cup Grand Prix Friday for the fifth straight victory for Sweden’s top ranked combination and a winner in 15 of their 17 starts since beginning the horse’s international Grand Prix career here four years ago.

Tinne and Don Auriello, atop the World Cup Western European League standings, scored 77.400 per cent with the American Olympic combination of Adrienne Lyle of Ketchum, Idaho and Wizard second on 71.980 per cent and the Florida-based Dane Mikala Gundersen and My Lady on 71.600per cent for her seventh straight third place finish and a yellow ribbon that has led to her being nicknamed the “yellow lady.”

Tinne began competing the Hanoverian gelding (Don Davidoff x White Star) in Florida in 2011 and in their first season started six times, finishing first five times. In their second year the pair posted four wins in four starts and then competed on Sweden’s team at Tinne’s sixth Olympics. In 2013, Tinne and Don Auriello won three times and placed second once and this year came to Florida directly from a pair of victories in the Stockholm World Cup event.

Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén and Don Auriello. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén and Don Auriello. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

With the horse now aged 12 and the pair ranked sixth in the world, they have posted three straight victories in three starts in Wellington.

“It suits him well to have one more weekend before we go home,” Tinne said of her ride in keeping the horse fit and strong in preparation for the World Cup Final in Lyon, France in mid-April.

“I was happy with the riding today. I could do small things differently and he stayed with me. You have two different horses to show–when it’s warm and outdoors like it is here and indoors and cold like it could be for the Final. I have to work out how to warm up and have him perfect.”

Adrienne Lyle and Wizard. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Adrienne Lyle and Wizard. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The official record does not tell the whole story.

“She’s amazing,” said Adrienne, the runnerup to Tinne. “I could watch her all day. She’s like poetry.. so effective and so quiet.”

Adrienne said she has decided to go to the World Cup Final if she qualifies in the North American League although it means she and Wizard will have to return to the United States for the selection trials in June for the American team for the World Equestrian Games in Normandy.

Mikala Gundersen and My Lady. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Mikala Gundersen and My Lady. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

One of the most awaited rides was that of Heather Blitz and her American-bred Paragon, the large and spectacular-moving chestnut  gelding that was reserve for the American team at the London Games.

Earlier this winter, the pair had not performed up to their usual standard but Friday seemed heading back to form, scoring 68.300 per cent for eighth place.

Heather Blitz and Paragon in the Palm Beach Dewrby Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Heather Blitz and Paragon in the Palm Beach Dewrby Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The Grand Prix Freestyle for which scores count toward standings is scheduled for Saturday night.

Results:

Grand riding Prix
E: Christensen – DEN H: Weatherwax – USA C: Gardner – GBR M: McMullen – CAN B: Rockwell – USA
Rider Ctzn Horse Breed/Sex/Age E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl. Verified
Vilhelmson-Silfven, Tinne SWE Don Auriello HANN/G/12 78.900 1 78.800 1 77.700 1 75.400 1 76.200 1 77.400 1 Yes
Lyle, Adrienne USA Wizard OLD/G/15 73.100 3 72.800 2 71.200 3 71.700 3 71.100 3 71.980 2 Yes
Gundersen, Mikala DEN My Lady DWB/M/14 73.500 2 72.800 2 69.400 5 71.900 2 70.700 4 71.660 3 Yes
Parra, Cesar USA Van the Man KWPN/G/12 69.000 6 71.800 4 69.000 7 69.600 5 71.400 2 70.160 4 Yes
Roffman, Caroline USA Her Highness O HANN/M/11 71.300 4 69.500 6 71.400 2 70.600 4 67.900 8 70.140 5 Yes
Haddad-Staller, Catherine USA Mane Stream Hotmail OLD/G/12. 69.900 5 68.500 8 68.400 9 69.100 6 69.300 5 69.040 6 Yes
Wilcox, Lisa USA Denzello HANN/G/11 66.000 13 70.900 5 70.100 4 68.500 8 68.600 6 68.820 7 Yes
Blitz, Heather USA Paragon DWB/G/11 68.300 7 69.200 7 69.300 6 66.500 10 68.200 7 68.300 8 Yes
Brooks, Jacqueline M. CAN D Niro SWB/G/15 67.700 8 67.800 9 68.900 8 67.500 9 66.600 10 67.700 0 Yes
Cordia-van Reesema, Eliane USA Jewel’s Adelante SWB/G/14 67.100 10 65.700 14 65.500 11 68.600 7 66.900 9 66.760 0 Yes
Barisone, Michael USA Ellegria WEST/M/13 66.200 12 66.200 12 67.500 10 65.600 14 66.500 11 66.400 0 Yes
Mc Cusker, Sharon USA Wrigley KWPN/G/11 66.400 11 67.800 9 66.500 11 64.600 16 65.800 13 66.220 0 Yes
Dvorak, Tom CAN Viva’s Salieri W HANN/S/13 64.700 16 66.100 113 64.800 15 66.100 11 65.400 14 65.420 0 Yes
Barisone, Michael USA HF Victor TRAK/G/12 66.000 13 64.700 16 65.100 14 65.000 15 66.000 12 65.360 0 Yes
Creech, Diane CAN Devon L HANN/G 65.400 15 64.500 18 64.600 16 65.700 13 65.200 15 65.080 0 Yes
Vaughan, Joanne GEO Elmegarden’s Marquis DWB14 64.200 18 67.700 11 65.400 13 63.700 18 63.800 17 64.960 0 Yes
Rizzo, Silvia ITA Sal LUST/S/15 62.800 20 64.700 16 64.100 17 66.100 11 63.700 18 64.280 0 Yes
Layne, Kelly AUS Von Primaire KWPN/G/12 63.200 19 65.000 15 63.700 18 62.300 21 64.300 16 63.700 0 Yes
Perry, Kasey USA Trostruplunds Scarlet DWB/M/15 67.700 8 61.700 22 62.400 21 63.100 20 63.200 19 63.620 0 Yes
Vaughan, Joanne GEO Prego KWPN/S/17 64.400 17 63.000 20 63.100 19 62.200 22 62.500 21 63.040 0 Yes
Hickey, Christopher USA Douglas Hilltop BAD/WURT/G/14 60.900 22 63.200 19 62.800 20 64.300 17 61.900 22 62.620 0 Yes
Rumbough, Janne USA Junior PRE/G/12 62.100 21 62.900 21 60.500 22 63.400 19 62.900 20 62.360 0 Yes
Francis, Shelly USA Danilo HANN/G/10 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 Yes
Jesse, Kim GER Charming 8 RHEIN/S/16 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 Ye//