Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén & Divertimento Post 35th Florida Victory by Winning World Cup Special

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Against a backdrop of setting sun and palm trees, Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén rides Divertimento in celebration of 35th victory in four years on Floida winter circuit. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Against a backdrop of setting sun and palm trees, Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén rides Divertimento to celebrate her 35th victory in four years on the Florida winter circuit. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 25, 2014–Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén and Divertimento won the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix Special Saturday for the fourth straight victory on the Florida 2014 winter circuit and 35 first place finishes in 55 starts since the Swedish Olympian’s first competition here four years ago.

Tinne and the 12-year-old Westfalen gelding (Di Versace x Farragamo) scored 74.882 per cent with the United States Olympic combination of Adrienne Lyle and Wizard second on 70.549 per cent and 2010 World Equestrian Games American team rider Katherine Bateson-Chandler on her new mount, Wellnetta, in third on 69.686 per cent.

The Grand Prix Special was the first ridden by Adrienne since the 2012 London Olympics and Wizard, a 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding, was out for almost a year with an injury before returning to competition this winter.

Adrienne Lyle and Wizard competing in the Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix Special. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Adrienne Lyle and Wizard competing in the Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix Special. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“I thought parts were quite good,” she said. “The quality is going in the right direction.

Katherine Bateson-Chandler was riding Wellnetta in the mare’s first CDI since Jane Forbes Clark bought the 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood last summer.

Wellnetta, she said, is “amazing–she has an incredible work ethic. She is a work horse. She wants to do more, more, more. I have to keep telling her less, less, less. She tried for me the whole time. I’m thrilled.”

Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Wellnetta in the World Cup Grand Prix Special. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Wellnetta in the World Cup Grand Prix Special. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Tinne, ranked No. 5 in the world with her Olympic and European Championship mount, Don Auriello, has also competed in Florida Favourit and Divertimento.

Both Don Auriello and Divertimento started their Grand Prix careers in Florida. In addition to the 35 victories, Tinne has placed second 13 times and third in seven competitions.

Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén and Divertimento in the World Cup Grand Prix Special. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén and Divertimento in the World Cup Grand Prix Special. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The Special was also the sixth Grand Prix level class in two World Cup CDIs that have been won by foreign riders and none from the host nation. The top finishes in the Grand Prix, Special and Freestyle have been taken by Tinne on four occasions, Denmark’s Lars Petersen once and Megan Lane of Canada the other class.

Only in the Specials have Americans finished in the top three–Anna Whit Watkins and Oublette second and Heather Blitz on Paragon third in the first and Adrienne and Wizard second and Katherine and Wellnetta third in Saturday’s Special. Florida-based Danish riders Lars Petersen and Mikala Munter Gundersen and Canadian Diane Creech have filled the second and third places in the other classes.

Results:

Grand Prix Special
E: Saleh – FRA H: Wessels – GBR C: Foy – USA M: Osinski – USA B: DeWolff – NED
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, . 73.431 73.529 74.804 77.059 75.588 74.882 1
Lyle, Adrienne USA Wizard OLD Gelding Weltmeyer Classiker 1999 Thomas, Peggy 72.059 70.294 72.059 69.020 69.314 70.549 2
Bateson Chandler, Kathrine USA Wellnetta KWPN Mare Hexabons Louisville 2003 Clark, Jane Forbes 68.235 70.000 71.569 67.451 71.176 69.686 3
Marcus, David CAN Chrevi’s Capital DANISH Gelding Chrevi’s Lavallo Weinberg 2000 Kinzinger-Miculinic, Deborah 68.235 65.294 71.176 70.098 69.216 68.804 4
Trussell, Belinda CAN Anton Sachsen Gelding Anteaus 2000 Eames, Robyn 68.235 68.529 68.824 68.235 68.725 68.510 5
Wilcox, Lisa USA Denzello HANN Gelding DeNiro Rohdiamont 2003 Wells, Betty 66.275 68.137 69.412 70.490 67.451 68.353 6
Dvorak, Tom CAN Viva’s Saleiri W HANN Stallion Viva Voltaire 2001 Walsh, Augustin 65.294 65.882 65.392 65.588 65.980 65.627 7
Haddad-Staller, Catherine USA Mane Stream Hotmail Oldenburg Gelding Michellino Havel 2002 Haddad-Staller, Catherine 65.882 64.706 65.490 63.922 65.980 65.196 8
Mabragana, Micaela ARG Granada Warmblood Gelding Granit 1996 Grunkorn, Sam 66.667 65.098 63.725 64.510 62.647 64.529 0
Vander Ploeg, Gary CAN Degas Oldenburg Gelding Donnerhall Prinz miro 1999 Vander Ploeg, Jean 62.549 63.039 63.725 61.373 60.784 62.294 0
Vaughan, Joanne GEO Elmegarden’s Marquis DWB Gelding Michellino Lucky Light 1999 Vaughan, Joanne 60.294 62.843 60.490 61.275 60.686 61.118 0
Koford, James USA Rhett DUTCH Gelding R. Johnson Hendo 2000 Mc Quillan, Shirley 57.353 56.471 62.549 57.941 57.451 58.353 0
Jaccoma, Susan USA Wadamur HANN Gelding Weltmeyer 2000 Jaccoma, Susan 56.765 55.588 56.569 57.745 57.059 56.745 0
Strasser, Evi CAN Renaissance Tyme OLD Gelding Royal Diamant 2003 Strasser, Evi 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0