Favourit Sold for Sanneke Rothenberger to Compete

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Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén and Favourit. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Sanneke Rothenberger, the 2011 European and Young Rider World Cup champion, will take over the reins of Favourit that was trained and competed by Swedish Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén.

Tinne had ridden the 13-year-old Rheinlander gelding (Fidermark x Wapita x Worldchamp) at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and World Cup Final in 2010, the 2009 and 2011 European Championships and won several international Grand Prix on both sides of the Atlantic.

“We hadn’t planned on selling Favourit at this time, but the Rothenberger family came to us after the Olympics, showing interest,” said Tinne of the horse owned by Lövsta Stud Farm for whom she rides.

“Sanneke Rothenberger is a very talented and committed young rider with a long list of fine merits. When she tried Favourit it worked out extraordinarily well and they are a perfect match. He will have a wonderful home with the Rothenberger family.”

Tinne has a stable full of talent, including Don Auriello that she rode for the Swedish team at the London Olympics this summer, Divertimento and Excalibur of Avalon at Grand Prix and “a number of interesting yong horses coming up.” As she has for the past two years, Tinne plans to move to Wellington for the Florida winter crcuit.

Sanneke is from a family of riders. Her father, Sven Rothenberger, and mother, Gonnelien Rothenberger, competed for the Dutch dressage team in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, where they won the silver medal. Both her siblings also ride and compete. Sanneke herself has an impressive list of achievements.

2011 Young Rider World Cup Champions Sanneke Rothenberger and Deveraux OLD. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“First of all, I want to thank Tinne that she is entrusting me with this great horse,” she said. “My parents have known Tinne, through competitions, for a long time. We all admire her for her very fine horse riding and I am honored to be able to team up with Favourit, with whom Tinne has worked so successfully for many years. We have seen with how much care and love Favourit was treated with at Lövsta and we will try to make him feel just as loved at Erlenhof.

“I hope that Favourit, with his experience, will help me to grow into the Grand Prix level. This sweet tempered horse has given me a great feeling the first time I sat on him. I cannot wait for him to arrive and am very excited to start working with him. I want to thank Tinne, Antonia Ax:son Johnson and my family most warmly for this exceptional chance.”

Favourit leaves Sweden for his new home during the World Cup competitions in Odense, Denmark, this weekend.