Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén & Don Auriello 1st, Laura Graves & Verdades 2nd in Inaugural 2016 Global World Cup Grand Prix

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Don Auriello displaying his extravagant extended trot with Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén of Sweden aboard after winning the inaugural 2016 World Cup Grand Prix in Wellington, Florida. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Don Auriello displaying his extravagant extended trot with Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén of Sweden aboard after winning the inaugural 2016 World Cup Grand Prix in Wellington, Florida. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan, 14, 2016–Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén rode Don Auriello to victory in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix, the first Big Tour competition since the European Championships six months ago and preparing for the rider’s seventh Olympic Games for Sweden.

Tinne and the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding scored 76.900 per cent for the victory over a field of 37 combinations that started the Global lineup of seven CDIs with a total of almost $700,000 in prize money through the end of March.

Laura Graves on Verdades, who captured her first U.S. Grand Prix championship in this same stadium a month ago, placed second on 75.540 per cent, a result that made the 28-year-old rider “really excited” as she prepares the KWPN gelding for the World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden at the end of March and then the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.

Canada’s Leah Wilson-Wilkins on Fabian JS “flabbergasted” herself by placing third on 71.700 per cent, the first time the pair have scored 70 per cent in only their fifth show since starting international Big Tour in September, 2014. (see separate story)

Laura Graves on Verdades in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Laura Graves on Verdades in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival World Cup Grand Prix. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The Grand Prix was also marked by the number of past and prospective championship riders from Australia, Philippines, Europe and through North and South America seeking to qualify directly to the Olympics or to make their nation’s teams.

Florida-based Danish riders Lars Petersen on Mariett and Mikala Gundersen on My Lady placed fourth on 71.520 per cent and seventh on 70.340 per cent, respectively, as they seek to help their compatriots in Europe by qualifying for individual places at the Olympics so as to be able to field a “composite” team of at least three combinations.

Juan Matute, Jr. on Don Diego Ymas was awarded a personal best Grand Prix score of 70.540 per cent for fifth place that the Spanish federation has made clear it will not count and neither will any other results in Wellington toward the 18-year-old rider’s goal endeavoring to earn a place on Spain’s Olympic team. The organizers of the Global Dressage Festival said they would seek an explanation from the Spanish federation for the action which Sports Director Thomas Baur said showed “disrespect” for the predominantly European judges in Wellington. (see separate story).

Tinne began Don Auriello’s international Big Tour career in Palm Beach six years ago and the pair have returned each year since, though Don Auriello was not competed here last year. In those six years, Tinne and Don Auriello have competed for Sweden at the 2012 Olympics in London, the 2014 World Games in Normandy as well as the 2013 and 2015 European Championships where last year they led Sweden to earning a team spot at the Rio Games.

After the Europeans in Germany last summer, she said, Don Auriello was turned out in a big field for a break but “got too happy” and rolled under the gate. She skipped the Stockholm World Cup event to come to Florida to prepare for the rest of the year. If she qualifies for the World Cup Final in Gotenburg in her home country she will return home earlier than planned.

Laura said that despite mistakes that was rider errors in the Grand Prix she was “really excited” about the performance of the 14-year-old Verdades.

After warming up with coach Debbie McDonald, the leg wraps came off, Laura picked up the reins and Verdades “was on fire… ready to go,” a feeling she said was nice to know is in there.

The pair have “found second gear now,” she said, “hopefully in the next few weeks we will stay in top gear” as they seek to go to their second World Cup Final and, if successful, likely not have to make a European swing of seven or eight American combinations from which the Olympic team will be selected.

 

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix
E: Ringmark – SWE H: Lehrmann – GER C: Torrente – COL M: Osinski – USA B: Lang – AUT
Rider Ctzn Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Vilhelmson-Silfven, Tinne SWE Don Auriello 79.200 1 78.700 1 77.600 1 73.000 2 76.000 1 76.900 1
Graves, Laura USA Verdades 77.800 2 71.800 4 77.600 1 77.100 1 73.400 2 75.540 2
Wilson Wilkins, Leah CAN Fabian JS 72.200 4 72.400 2 71.300 4 69.800 7 72.800 3 71.700 3
Petersen, Lars DEN Mariett 72.700 3 72.100 3 72.100 3 70.400 5 70.300 5 71.520 4
Matute Jr, Juan ESP Don Diego Ymas 70.400 6 71.000 5 70.600 6 70.700 4 70.000 6 70.540 5
Jorst, Charlotte USA Kastels Nintendo 71.600 5 69.200 9 70.400 8 70.100 6 71.300 4 70.520 6
Gundersen, Mikala DEN My Lady 70.300 7 68.900 11 70.500 7 72.000 3 70.000 6 70.340 7
Bateson Chandler, Kathrine USA Alcazar 69.100 9 69.500 6 71.000 5 68.700 9 68.600 10 69.380 8
Marienau, Beatrice USA Stefano 8 68.800 10 69.500 6 69.500 9 68.600 10 69.900 8 69.260 9
Pape, Suzan GBR Harmony’s Fiorano 67.900 12 69.200 9 68.600 12 69.700 8 67.800 15 68.640 10
Irving, Jill CAN Degas 12 68.300 11 68.000 12 68.500 14 68.500 11 69.700 9 68.600 11
Brooks, Jacqueline M. CAN D Niro 69.800 8 67.800 13 68.300 16 68.400 13 68.200 14 68.500 12
Layne, Kelly AUS Udon P 67.100 15 69.400 8 68.600 12 68.500 11 68.600 10 68.440 13
Ebeling, Jan USA FRH Rassolini 66.100 17 67.700 15 68.800 11 67.700 15 68.600 10 67.780 14
Losos de Muniz, Yvonne DOM Dondolo Las Marismas 65.000 23 67.800 13 68.900 10 67.800 14 66.700 16 67.240 15
Wallenstein, Ricardo POR Bem Me Quer 67.400 13 67.500 16 65.900 18 66.400 17 66.000 17 66.640 16
Rizvi, P.J. USA Unlimited 67.400 13 63.000 22 68.400 15 64.600 21 68.600 10 66.400 17
Dutta, Susan USA Currency DC 66.400 16 64.200 20 65.800 19 65.100 19 63.400 24 64.980 18
Fraser, Brittany CAN All In 65.600 21 65.400 17 63.600 23 66.500 16 63.500 23 64.920 19
Klimke, Michael GER Don William II 65.800 18 65.400 17 63.500 24 64.800 20 65.000 19 64.900 20
Lane, Megan CAN Caravella 65.600 21 63.800 21 65.000 21 66.000 18 64.000 22 64.880 21
Manfredi, Maria Florencia ARG Bandurria Kacero 65.700 19 62.600 24 65.800 19 63.100 23 62.000 28 63.840 22
Sprieser, Lauren USA Ellegria 62.600 28 62.700 23 66.300 17 62.900 24 64.500 20 63.800 23
Rosencrantz, Mette USA Marron 65.700 19 62.100 26 61.300 29 62.800 25 65.400 18 63.460 24
Lopardo-Grana, Cesar ARG Tyara 63.500 26 62.500 25 63.000 25 64.000 22 64.200 21 63.440 25
Bukowski, Lisa CAN Santos Utopia 63.500 26 65.100 19 61.900 27 61.400 29 62.600 26 62.900 26
Priest, Kathy W. USA Wild Dancer 64.000 24 61.800 27 61.900 27 62.600 26 61.600 31 62.380 27
Tzinberg, Ellesse PHI Pavarotti 63.800 25 61.200 28 59.600 30 62.200 27 62.000 28 61.760 28
Garweg, Christian CAN Delorean 60.400 32 60.100 30 62.500 26 60.600 30 62.900 25 61.300 29
Uemura, Samira Mayumi BRA Tamarindo XI 60.600 31 60.600 29 63.700 22 59.700 32 58.500 33 60.620 30
Reteguiz-Denizard, Luis PUR Royal Affair 60.700 30 59.800 31 58.500 34 56.300 35 62.000 28 59.460 31
Marchand, Jennifer USA Cardeur 58.600 34 55.100 35 59.500 31 61.700 28 62.200 27 59.420 32
Pot, Adrienne USA Something Special 61.600 29 59.100 32 59.100 33 58.900 34 57.700 35 59.280 33
Maciel Dum Nascimento, Raimundo BRA Daniel de G 59.300 33 57.300 33 58.000 35 59.300 33 61.000 32 58.980 34
Poag, Katie USA Zonnekoning 57.600 35 56.700 34 59.300 32 59.800 31 57.800 34 58.240 35
Marcus, David CAN Chrevi’s Capital 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0
Vaughan, Joanne GEO Elmegarden’s Marquis 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0
Losos de Muniz, Yvonne DOM Foco Loco-W 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0