Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén Rides Paridon Magi to Victory With Another Personal Best Score at Wellington World Cup Freestyle
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 12, 2018–Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén and Paridon Magi turned in a personal best score to capture the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Freestyle under lights Friday night with a one-handed final centerline passage into the halt that drew spontaneous clapping in time from spectators.
The score for Tinne and Paridon Magi of 81.150 per cent was the first above 80 per cent for the pair and the first double victory for the partnership. It also gave the seven-time Swedish Olympian enough points to boost the pair into third from 11th in the Western European League standings for the World Cup Final in Paris in April.
Her one-handed final centerline on the 15-year-old Swedish Warmblood that she competed in the European Championship last August came after 20-year-old Florida-based Spanish rider Juan Matute, Jr. on Quantico Ymas performed two double pirouettes single handedly to claim third place on a personal best 75.275 per cent.
Shelly Francis of neighboring Loxahatchee riding Doktor in the horse’s first night time event produced a popular and fun freestyle created by Marlene Whitaker that earned them 77.725 per cent for second place in the first of seven Global CDIs over three months at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
If Tinne qualifies for the World Cup Final it will be her seventh final of the annual world championship centered on the freestyle, but the first on Paridon Magi. Only fellow Swede Patrik Kittel and Germany’s Dorothee Schneider are head of Tinne in the WEL standings after Friday.
Tinne and Paridon Magi scored a personal best in the Grand Prix Thursday.
She put her enjoyment of eight years on the Florida winter circuit down to the atmosphere, the weather and “a perfect place to compete, everything just works out for the horses.”
She had ridden the Cees Slings freestyle only since the European Championships where they were on the Swedish bronze medal team.
Juan Matute, who also still competes in the Under-25 division, began online college this week.
“Tonight,” he said, “I feel like a gladiator. I had a challenging ride, but I earned all my points. We had to work through the tension. He’s a special horse who gets fired up easily.”
His father, who created the floorplan while his mother chose the muisc, has owned the gelding since the age of two and Juan, Jr. started riding it when seven. The horse is 12 years old.