Sweden’s Tinne Wilhelmson-Silfvén Launches Florida Circuit With Wins

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Tinne Wilhelmson-Silfvén warming up Favourit in her first Florida winter competition. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com


WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, Jan. 15–Tinne Wilhelmson-Silfvén brought excitement to her first competition on the Florida winter circuit that she described as “a dream land for horse people,” with an outstanding Grand Prix win on Favourit and filling the top two spots in the Intermediaire II at the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge CDN Saturday.

Between rides, she relaxed in a polo shirt drinking a fruit smoothie in sunny 72F (22C) temperature–it was a high of 28F (-2C) at home–and saying the nine horses that fill the rented barn in Wellington work better in the warm weather.

She scored 74.043 per cent on Favourit, the 12-year-old Rhinelander gelding she competed at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky last year, as well as the 2010 World Cup Final and the 2009 European Championships.

Canada’s Jacqueline M. Brooks on her 2008 Olympic mount Gran Gesto was second on 66.277 per cent with fellow Canadian Diane Creech on Devon L third with 66.277 per cent and Christopher Hickey of Colora, Maryland, on Donarweiss ggf fourth with 64.574 per cent.

In the Intermediaire II, Tinne competed two nine-year-olds, Don Auriello winning with 69.868 per cent and Divertimento placing second on 68.553 per cent. Heather Ward of Wellington, Florida on Aegis Joris was third with 63.158 per cent and Jennifer Baumert of Loxahatchee, Florida on Don Principe was fourth with 63.026 per cent.

The spectators that crowded around the warmup arena, moved en masse to the covered arena to watch Tinne and Favourit in the Grand Prix.

“It’s exciting to have a rider the caliber of Tinne competing here,” said six-time U.S. Olympian Robert Dover who was coaching Canadian riders.

“This is really good for the quality of competition,” said Oded Shimoni, an Israeli and WEG veteran who is based in Wellington and coaches several of the U.S. Eventing team riders in dressage as well as several dressage competitors.

Not that Wellington is without its lineup of top riders and top trainers are here frequently on training assignments.

But never before has a European ranked as high as Tinne–she is 19th in the world with Favourit–moved to Florida for the winter season. She works for Antonia Ax:son Johnson, who owns the horses and is head of the family-owned Swedish conglomerate, Axel Johnson Gruppen, that has extensive interests in the United States. Antonia’s daughter, Sophie, lives in New York and competes in show jumping.

Tinne said that the idea of winter in Florida came up when they were visiting Florida last year during the Exquis World Dressage Masters in Palm Beach. The Falsterbo, Sweden leg is sponsored by Axel Johnson.

“It’s dark so early, the weather is bad, it’s difficult to drive and it’s three days of travel when we have to compete,” she said of winter in Sweden.

“Our main interest is to compete the horses. This is a dream land for horse people. The horses are doing fantastic and there are super possibilities to show.”

Her husband came with her as he can conduct his business with marine electronics pretty much from anywhere while her eight-year-old son is enrolled in school and learning English.

Tinne has previously competed in the United States, at the Atlanta Olympics 1996, the World Cup Final in Las Vegas in 2007 as well as the WEG in Kentucky last year. She has five straight Olympics to her credit: Barcelona in 1992, Atlanta in 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

She described the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center with its 12 weeks of jumper competition during the Winter Equestrian Festival as “fantastic.”

The Jim Brandon Equestrian Center where most dressage competitions are held is less busy but a “nice environment,” especially for younger horses.

As for the Palm Beach winter circuit, “you have to see it to believe it. This doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world.”

It is not well known in Europe, she said, and not talked about by riders.

“I would love to do it again,” she said, “but it is up to my boss.”

Tinne said she will compete in the World Cup qualifiers and the World Dressage Masters CDI5* in mid-March before returning home.

Her primary goal for 2011, she said, is the European Championships in Rotterdam in August but has not decided whether she will compete even if she qualifies at the World Cup Final in Leipzig, Germany at the end of April.


FEI Prix St. Georges
(E) Poulin, (C) Lewis,
Olivia Andrea LaGoy-Weltz Urbanas 71.842%
Eliane Cordia- van Reesema Jewel’s Sonnestern 69.342%
William Lee Tubman De La Rosa 69.211%
Caroline Darcourt Daisy 68.816%
Jill Irving Delvaux 68.553%
Heather Ward Aegis Wyoming 67.368%
Kathy Priest Wild Dancer 64.211%
Kelly A. Corrigan-Dammeyer Revelation 64.211%
Yvonne Losos de Muniz Gorrion Penatoro 63.684%
Nadine Buberl Libertino 63.289%
John P. McGinty, Jr. Chanel 62.895%
Lynne A. Kimball-Davis Laureus 2 61.184%
Marti Hohmann Don Bellisimo 56.711%

FEI Prix St. Georges
(E) Poulin, (C) Lewis,
1 Bianca Berktold GB Marko 70.789%
2 Jill Irving Degas 12 68.158%
3 Cherri Reiber Sargon Interagro 67.895%
4 Crystal Kroetch Lymrix 67.763%
5 Kelly O’Shea Duncan Baryshnikov 65.921%
6 Micaela Mabragana Idilio II 65.658%
William Lee Tubman Delight 64.605%
Anna M. Tillman Dream Boy 35 64.079%
Lynne A. Kimball-Davis Upper Class 60.921%
Jennifer Miller Whizard 58.026%
Joan Marie Muller Buena Vista 57.368%

FEI Intermediaire 1 AA
(E) Poulin, (C) Lewis,
1 Janne H. Rumbough JR 63.553%
2 Sonia Zugel Naomi 63.553%
3 Alison W. Bilzerian Rolando 63.421%
4 Chris Curiger Helios 59.342%

FEI Intermediaire 2
(E) Poulin, (C) Lewis,
1 Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven Don Auriello 69.868%
2 Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven Divertimento 68.553%
3 Heather Ward Aegis Joris 63.158%
4 Jennifer L. Baumert Don Principe 63.026%

FEI Grand Prix de Dressage
(E) Poulin, (C) Lewis,
1 Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven Favourit 74.043%
2 Jacqueline M. Brooks Gran Gesto 66.277%
3 Diane Creech Devon L 66.277%
4 Christopher Hickey Donarweiss ggf 64.574%
FEI Grand Prix de Dressage AA
(E) Poulin, (C) Lewis,
1 Barbara Wolfe Lucien 59.681%

FEI Young Rider Team Test
(E) Poulin, (C) Lewis,
1 Katie Lynne Foster Sacramento 69.474%
2 Mathilde Blais Tetreault Michelangelo 61.711%
3 Esther Geller Diamond Geezer 61.184%

FEI Junior Riders Team Test
(C) Trentelman,
1 Rachel M. Chowanec Embrujado XI 66.757%
2 Paula Matute Califa 15 65.135%
3 Danielle Howes Savier 58.378%

FEI Level or Equivalent Test of Choice
(C) Trentelman,
1 Barbara B Davis Bohdjan PC 64.783%
2 Gary Vander Ploeg Degas GP 64.681%
3 Tara Stegen DW Double-O-Seven I1 64.474%
4 Leah Winston Umbar Interagro I1 61.842%
5 Erin Moran Destany PSG 60.263%
6 Sommerville Harris Neptuno YAC BC 60.256%
Jessica Kissel Liberty BC 56.667%

USEF Training Level Test 1
(C) Trentelman,
1 Joanna Crilly KRS Dolly Bird 72.083%
2 Christopher Hickey Balissa HTF 70.000%
3 Jules Anderson Ferrone 68.333%
4 Ilse Schwarz Arrick Harper 65.417%
USEF Training Level Test of Choice
(C) Trentelman,
1 Christina Vinios Folkestone 1 76.250%
2 Jules Anderson Ferrone 2 71.071%
3 Ilse Schwarz Don Joseph 2 70.714%
4 Mary-Cameron Rollins Abracadabra 3 65.600%
5 Jaclyn D. Fried Custom Freestyle’s Nids 3 65.600%
USEF First Level Test 1
(C) Trentelman,
1 Amy Mikutowski Amadeus 67.931%
USEF First Level Test of Choice
(C) Trentelman,
1 Melissa Palmer All About Me 2 69.730%
2 Amy Mikutowski Amadeus 2 63.514%
USEF Second Level Test 1 AA/Jr/YR
(C) Trentelman,
1 Holly J Neary Regis 69.429%
USEF Third Level Test 1
(C) Trentelman,
1 Nadine Buberl Whoopie Gold 67.895%
2 Lisa Tota Agamemnon Interagro 61.579%
3 Jeffery Lord Legacy’s Conquistador Del Sol 59.737%
USEF Third Level Test 1 AA/Jr/YR
(C) Trentelman,
1 Natasha Radojcic Pernod 58.421%
USEF Third Level Test of Choice
(C) Trentelman,
1 Elizabeth K Walker Fuerst Klasse 3 68.462%
2 Lisa Tota Agamemnon Interagro 2 61.463%
3 Ann-Louise Cook Nuits St. George 3 60.769%
4 Debbie Banas Magritzza 3 59.231%
USEF Fourth Level Test 1
(C) Trentelman,
1 Jan A. Brons Zonneglans 70.286%
2 Ilse Schwarz Giselle 68.571%
3 Diane Creech Chrevis Christo 68.000%
4 Jules Anderson Brendan Braveheart 59.714%
USEF Fourth Level Test 1 AA/Jr/YR
(C) Trentelman,
1 Ellen Lazarus Rhett 60.571%
2 Kyle Elissa McIver Louis Vuitton 60.000%
USEF Fourth Level Test of Choice
(C) Trentelman,
1 Svetlana Gorski Audio 2 62.703%