Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén & Hyatt Win Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix Special for Double Victory at Wellington

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Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén on Hyatt in the Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Special. © 2024 Ken Braddick/DRESSAGE-NEWS.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 10, 2024–Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén, Sweden’s seven-time Olympian, and Hyatt won the CDI3* Grand Prix Special Saturday for a double victory at the Global Dressage Festival.

The score of 70.596% for Tinne and Hyatt came in the 12-year-old KWPN mare’s second Special and the first victories in their third Big Tour event, the first in the Netherlands last summer and other two at this year’s Global where Tinne is a regular competitor on the winter circuit.

U.S. team rider Ashley Holzer of Wellington on the 11-year-old Dutch gelding Hansel was runner-up just a fraction back on 70.584% but with a big disparity between the judges with 74.255% from America’s Kari McClain and a low mark of 67.533% from Maria Colliander of Finland.

USA’s Ashley Holzer on Hansel in the Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Special. © 2024 Ken Braddick/DRESSAGE-NEWS.com

Australia’s Jemma Heran on Saphira Royal posted a personal best 70.319% to place third in her second winter in Florida and coached by German team rider Frederic Wandres.

Tinne described Hyatt, owned by Lövsta Stuteri where she is the manager of the stud, as a lovely horse that “can do anything with her body. She’s so soft and electric and athletic.”

She admitted Hyatt is still “a bit afraid” to go in the competition arena as shown by a “little bit more difficult start” than expected.

“I’m still very, very pleased that I could actually ride without any real mistakes,” she said. “She’s still so eager to do what I want. But of course it gets a little bit difficult to keep her steady and keep her in the frame I want to have because she just gets so excited. But that’s going to come.”

Tinne said her hopes for Hyatt are big, “but I do really want to take it slow and careful, exactly as I do now. I think it’s a big responsibility to have such a horse that is so ambitious. And that ambition I really want to treat well, and I want to give her good experiences.

“And she has a good memory. She remembers that first show when she got a little bit afraid of the entrance when it was a storm. You have to try to make all the experiences good all the time and give her all the best possibilities.”

Personal best score for Australia’s Jemma Heran on Saphira Royal. © 2024 Ken Braddick/DRESSAGE-NEWS.com

Jemma is one of a growing number of Australians in Wellington.

The latest arrival is the 19-year-old Kate Kyros competing here for the first time with Chemistry in the Under-25 division and Intro K in Young Riders.

On Chemistry she is undefeated in eight starts and on Intro has had five wins and one second place so far.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Special
Rank Competitor Score E H C M B
1.
Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén (SWE)
Hyatt
70.596% 71.489 70.426 70.319 68.936 71.809
2.
Ashley Holzer (USA)
Hansel
70.574% 74.255 70.213 69.787 67.553 71.064
3.
Jemma Heran (AUS)
Saphira Royal 2
70.319% 71.383 70.319 70.106 67.872 71.915
4.
Camille Carier Bergeron (CAN)
Finnländerin
68.893% 69.681 70.106 69.574 68.404 66.702
5.
Ariana Chia (CAN)
Guateque IV
67.425% 67.553 66.596 67.340 67.447 68.191
6.
Allison Carmichael (USA)
Figaro
65.830% 63.617 67.234 65.213 67.553 65.532
7.
Sarah Daehnert (USA)
Showhit
64.149% 65.957 64.149 62.979 63.723 63.936
8.
Kiichi Harada (JPN)
Impression
64.064% 66.170 66.277 63.191 60.213 64.468
9.
Tina Irwin (CAN)
Fancy That
63.553% 64.468 63.191 63.298 62.553 64.255
10.
Tom Dvorak (CAN)
Cyrus
62.340% 63.213 62.787 61.511 61.723 62.468
11.
Barbara Bertschinger (SUI)
Sonnenbergs Solisco CH
62.298% 64.681 60.532 61.383 60.745 64.149
WD
Virginia Yarur (CHI)
Ronaldo
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