Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén & Don Auriello Win 2014 Debut Florida World Cup Grand Prix

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Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén and Don Auriello with spectators huddled under cover in the unseasonable rain. © 2014 Ken Braddck/dressage-news.com
Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén and Don Auriello with spectators huddled under cover in the unseasonable rain. © 2014 Ken Braddck/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 9, 2014–Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén rode Don Auriello in their 2014 debut competition to capture the curtain-raising Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix Thursday.

The pair, in their first show since arriving in Florida three weeks ago from Sweden, scored 77.760 per cent in an all-Scandinavian top three finish. The Florida-based Danish Olympian Lars Petersen and Mariett were runnerup on 72.880 per cent while fellow Dane Mikala Munter Gundersen and My Lady were third on 69.600 per cent.

One of the most keenly watched combinations was the American 2012 Olympic reserve partnership of Heather Blitz and the homebred Paragon who placed fourth on 68.020 per cent. The last CDI for the pair was at this same venue in April, 2013.

There was some buzz over the disparity in the scores for the Swedish combination–a high of 82.300 per cent from Swedish 5* judge Gustav Svalling and low scores of 75.300 per cent from Thomas Lang of Austria and 75.700 per cent from Sandra Hotz of the United States.

Tinne and the Hanoverian gelding (Don Davidoff x White Star) began their Grand Prix career in Florida in the winter of 2011 and have now become the fifth ranked combination in the world as well as on top of the World Cup Western European League rankings. The pair have four opportunities in Florida to add one more full World Cup points to their standings.

“He felt really good especially with the rain and the wind,” said Tinne after the competition and sporting a black eye that she sustained from walking into a glass door.

Lars Petersen and Mariett in the Global Dressage Festival opening World Cup Grand Prix. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lars Petersen and Mariett in the Global Dressage Festival opening World Cup Grand Prix. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

For Lars, who competed the Danish Warmblood mare for the first time since the Devon, Pennsylvania World Cup event in September, Mariett “continues to amaze me at 16 years old. And there’s stil more there.”

Lars took Mariett to Europe last summer to contest the Danish Chamionships and ride on his country’s team in the Nations Cup at the Rotterdam CHIO.

The Grand Prix Freestyle for which World Cup qualification points will count will be staged in what is beng billed as “Friday Night Stars.” The musical freestyle at the seven Global Dressage Festival CDIs will be held Friday night, with the main Winter Equestrian Festival jumping Grand Prix on Saturday nights.

Heather Blitz riding Paragon in the World Cup Grand Prix to open the Global Dressage Festival winter circuit. © 2014 SusanJStickle.com
Heather Blitz riding Paragon in the World Cup Grand Prix to open the Global Dressage Festival winter circuit. © 2014 SusanJStickle.com

Results:

GRAND PRIX

E: Umbach – LUX H: Matthiesen – DEN C: Lang – AUT M: Svalling – SWE B: Hotz – USA
Rider Ctzn Horse Breed\Sex\Sire DamSire\Year\Owner E H C M B T Pl.
Vilhelmson-Silfven, Tinne SWE Don Auriello HANN\Gelding\Don Davidoff\White Star\ 2002\Lovsta Stuteri, . 77.900 77.600 75.300 82.300 75.700 77.760 1
Petersen, Lars DEN Mariett DWB\Mare\Comeback II\1998\Sidney\Pepper, Marcia M. 73.900 75.000 71.900 72.700 70.900 72.880 2
Munter Gundersen, Mikala DEN My Lady DWB\Mare\Michellino\Ritterstern\2000\Rumbough, Janne 70.100 69.300 69.500 71.500 67.600 69.600 3
Blitz, Heather USA Paragon DWB\Gelding\Don Schufro\Loran\2003\Blitz, Heather 67.300 67.100 68.700 69.600 67.400 68.020 4
Layne, Kelly AUS Udon P KWPN\Gelding\Hierarch\Uniform\2001\Whistlejacket Farm 68.100 67.600 67.800 65.900 67.600 67.400 5
Brooks, Jacqueline M. CAN D Niro SWB\Gelding\D Day\Napoleon 625\1999\Brookhaven Dressage Inc., . 67.500 69.700 66.700 64.000 65.800 66.740 6
Watkins, Anna Whit USA Oublette KWPN\Gelding\Amulet\Expo\1996\Watkins, Anna Whit 66.300 68.600 67.400 63.700 66.700 66.540 7
Creech, Diane CAN Devon L HANN\Gelding\De Niro\Wolkenstein II\2000\Farm, Leatherdale 67.600 66.300 67.100 63.200 65.200 65.880 0
Lane, Megan CAN Caravella KWPN\Mare\Contango\Riverman\2001\Jill Irving, Lane, Megan 68.500 66.800 63.000 64.800 66.300 65.880 8
Dutta, Susan USA Currency DC OLD\Gelding\Clintino\Cinderella\2000\Dutta, Susan 67.300 65.700 65.000 64.100 65.500 65.520 0
Layne, Kelly AUS Von Primaire KWPN\Gelding\Don Primaire\Amiral ZW P.S.\2002\Layne, Kelly 66.900 63.700 65.500 63.700 66.700 65.300 0