Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén Rides Divertimento to Personal Best Score to Win Wellington World Cup Grand Prix

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Tinne Velhelmsson-Silfvén and Divertimento competing in the Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Tinne Velhelmsson-Silfvén and Divertimento competing in the Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan, 23–Tinne Velhelmsson-Silfvén returned Divertimento to the competition arena Thursday after a break of eight months and posted a personal best score of 75.000 per cent to capture the Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix in an all-Scandinavian top three finish for the second time this winter circuit.

Lars Petersen, riding Mariett with the hope of a high placing to celebrate the birthday of owner Marcia Pepper, was second on 73.320 per cent and fellow Florida-based Dane Mikala Munter Gundersen was third on 71.640 per cent.

“I really hoped for a good placing and I’m glad we did so well,” Lars said,” because it’s Marcia’s birthday and she lets me ride this terrific horse.” The horse was originally bought for Marcia as an amateur rider but in a lengthy recuperation from a freak accident that they feared would end the horse’s competition career, Marcia wanted Lars to keep showing the horse.

The pair are the top ranked combination in the World Cup North American League but because he is Danish and cannot take one of the two places reserved for North American citizens he can only hope for an invitation as a wild card to the Final in Lyon, France in mid-April.

Lars Petersen and Mariett in the World Cup Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lars Petersen and Mariett in the World Cup Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The rising young Canadian Megan Lane on Caravella was fourth on 71.020 per cent while United States 2012 Olympic team combination Adrienne Lyle on Wizard was the highest placed American on 70.100 per cent.

The Swedish multi-Olympian and the two Danish combinations won the World Cup event that earlier this month kicked off the Global Dressage Festival winter circuit of eight international competitions that has attracted competitors from almost 20 countries.

Twenty-nine combintions from seven nations started Thursday’s Grand Prix but it did not fare well initially for the host nation when Caroline Roffman of Wellington starting Her Highness O in their first international Grand Prix were eliminated when the mare showed blood on her mouth.

Katherine Bateson-Chandler, however, showed Wellnetta for the first time since the KWPN mare was bought last summer from Laurens van Lieren of the Netherlands. Katherine and the 11-year-old horse scored 68.380 per cent for eighth place.

Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Wellnetta intheir first CDI Grand Prix. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Wellnetta in their first CDI Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Tinne said Divertimento, who plays second fiddle to her Olympic and World Cup mount Don Auriello but both started their Grand Prix careers in Florida, felt much more mature after the lengthy break and the ride was the best she had felt with the Westfalen gelding.

Their previous highest Grand Prix score was 74.383 per cent in Florida two years ago.

Adrienne who is based in Hailey, Idaho but is in Florida for the wintr circuit said that Wizard felt “amazing” for his first time back in a CDI Grand Prix after a year out with an injury.

“He felt much better,” she said, “we’re going in the right direction. We plan to get in the ring fairly often.”

Adrienne Lyle and Wizard in the World Cup Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Bradduck/dressage-news.com
Adrienne Lyle and Wizard in the World Cup Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Bradduck/dressage-news.com

Results:

Grand Prix
E: Umbach – LUX H: DeWolff – NED C: Wessels – GBR M: Saleh – FRA B: Foy – USA
Rider Nat Horse Breed Sex Sire Dams Sire Birth Year Owner E H C M B T Pl.
Vilhelmson-Silfven, Tinne SWE Divertimento WEST Gelding Di Versace Farragamo 2002 Lovsta Stuteri, . 76.400 73.700 77.300 75.600 72.000 75.000 1
Petersen, Lars DEN Mariett DANISH Mare Comeback II Sidney 1998 Pepper, Marcia M. 72.500 71.600 74.400 73.700 74.400 73.320 2
Munter Gundersen, Mikala DEN My Lady Danish Warmblood Mare Michellino Ritterstern 2000 Rumbough, Janne 72.800 71.400 71.200 70.900 71.900 71.640 3
Lane, Megan CAN Caravella KWPN Mare Contango Riverman 2001 Lane, Megan 70.500 71.000 73.400 68.400 71.800 71.020 4
Lyle, Adrienne USA Wizard OLD Gelding Weltmeyer Classiker 1999 Thomas, Peggy 68.900 71.800 71.400 66.400 72.000 70.100 5
Marcus, David CAN Chrevi’s Capital DANISH Gelding Chrevi’s Lavallo Weinberg 2000 Kinzinger-Miculinic, Deborah 70.700 67.700 69.700 70.400 68.200 69.340 6
Trussell, Belinda CAN Anton Sachsen Gelding Anteaus 2000 Eames, Robyn 67.700 69.400 70.500 66.300 68.100 68.400 7
Bateson Chandler, Kathrine USA Wellnetta KWPN Mare Hexabons Louisville 2003 Clark, Jane Forbes 66.900 70.500 67.100 67.600 69.800 68.380 8
Haddad-Staller, Catherine USA Mane Stream Hotmail Oldenburg Gelding Michellino Havel 2002 Haddad-Staller, Catherine 68.400 69.500 68.600 66.200 67.600 68.060 0
Wilcox, Lisa USA Denzello HANN Gelding DeNiro Rohdiamont 2003 Wells, Betty 66.600 70.000 71.300 64.200 67.000 67.820 0
Brooks, Jacqueline M. CAN D Niro SWB Gelding D Day Napoleon 625 1999 Brookhaven Dressage Inc., . 65.800 66.200 69.300 68.700 66.800 67.360 0
Creech, Diane CAN Devon L HANN Gelding De Niro Wolkenstein II 2000 Farm, Leatherdale 65.800 65.700 65.700 67.500 67.800 66.500 0
Dutta, Susan USA Currency DC OLD Gelding Clintino 2000 Dutta, Susan 67.100 64.900 65.000 67.400 64.700 65.820 0
Marek, Anna USA Unico G Kwpn Gelding Negro Animo 2001 Marek, Anna 65.500 66.500 65.400 67.400 63.900 65.740 0
Irving, Jill CAN Pop Art KWPN Gelding Amsterdam Cabochon 1997 Holzer, Rusty 66.100 65.200 65.900 66.000 64.800 65.600 0
Marcus, David CAN Don Kontes SWB Gelding Don Schufro Bellini 2000 Kinzinger-Miculinic, Deborah 65.400 65.900 63.600 66.600 66.000 65.500 0
Parra, Cesar USA Van the Man Dutch Gelding Obelisk 2002 Davis, Michael 65.900 66.000 63.600 65.600 63.500 64.920 0
Pavicic, Karen CAN Don Daiquiri OLD Gelding Don Cardinale 2002 Pavicic, Karen 65.800 65.900 66.500 63.200 62.500 64.780 0
Dvorak, Tom CAN Viva’s Saleiri W HANN Stallion Viva Voltaire 2001 Walsh, Augustin 64.900 65.400 62.600 65.400 62.600 64.180 0
Strasser, Evi CAN Renaissance Tyme OLD Gelding Royal Diamant 2003 Strasser, Evi 64.300 64.700 64.400 63.400 63.700 64.100 0
Kaldewei, Maria GER Companero 12 HANN Gelding Carbid World Cup I 1998 Kaldewei, Maria 65.000 66.300 60.200 62.700 62.500 63.340 0
Mabragana, Micaela ARG Granada Warmblood Gelding Granit 1996 Grunkorn, Sam 61.200 63.300 64.500 63.500 62.200 62.940 0
Vander Ploeg, Gary CAN Degas Oldenburg Gelding Donnerhall Prinz miro 1999 Vander Ploeg, Jean 61.500 64.800 63.000 63.400 61.800 62.900 0
Koford, James USA Rhett DUTCH Gelding R. Johnson Hendo 2000 Mc Quillan, Shirley 62.900 61.200 60.700 62.100 63.700 62.120 0
Jaccoma, Susan USA Wadamur HANN Gelding Weltmeyer 2000 Jaccoma, Susan 59.600 62.300 59.100 62.400 63.600 61.400 0
Rizzo, Sylvia ITA Sal Lusitano Stallion Mississipe Dolega 1999 Hof Marabunta/IEG, . 60.100 62.800 60.900 60.500 60.500 60.960 0
Vaughan, Joanne GEO Prego KWPN Stallion Zazou Ulft 1997 Vaughan, Joanne 61.200 62.700 60.900 59.100 59.200 60.620 0
Vaughan, Joanne GEO Elmegarden’s Marquis DWB Gelding Michellino Lucky Light 1999 Vaughan, Joanne 59.700 62.400 60.700 58.400 59.900 60.220 0
Roffman, Caroline USA Her Highness O HANN Mare Hohenstein Weltmeyer 2003 Roffman, Caroline 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0