Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven steered Don Auriello to victory in today’s fourth leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2014/2015 Western European League at Stockholm in Sweden. In yesterday’s Grand Prix it was Hans Peter Minderhoud who came out on top with Glock’s First when posting a personal best score. In today’s Freestyle however the Dutchman had to settle for runner-up spot while Sweden’s Minna Telde and Santana sealed third spot.

“I’m really pleased” said six-time Olympian Vilhelmson-Silfven this afternoon. “He (Don Auriello) was in over-drive yesterday in the Grand Prix because this is our first show since the World Championships and he was a feeling a bit too happy! Today I was maybe a little bit careful, but anyway I’m delighted with our result!” she said.

Very happy
“I’ve scored 84 before in Freestyle so this isn’t our biggest result ever, but I’m very happy!” said Vilhelmson-Silfven afterwards. The 47-year-old Swede spent much of last winter in America, and she’s planning to do the same this time around. “I’m leaving for Florida on 21st December again so I’m not sure about qualifying for the Final” she pointed out. “I can only count one World Cup qualifier over there and I missed Odense (the first leg of the current Western European League series) so I’m not sure it’s going to happen” she explained.

Second-placed Minderhoud said he was very pleased with his ride today. “I knew it would be difficult to beat Tinne if she was on form, even though I made no mistakes” he pointed out. Talking about Glock’s Flirt he continued, “he is very easy to train and not spooky so that always makes them easier to deal with”, and he’s hoping to make it to the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final 2014/2015 in Las Vegas, USA next April. “I’d really like to get there, but only three riders from each nation can compete and we have quite a few good ones!” he said.

Minna Telde was delighted with the reaction of the crowd today. “Yesterday Santana was more tense but today he stayed calm and listened to me. This new music is great and I will ride it again in London if I can” said the 39-year-old who, however, definitely doesn’t have the Las Vegas Finals in her sights as she is expecting a new addition to the family next April.

 Meanwhile Minderhoud has now moved up to fifth in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2014/2015 Western European League standings which are headed by Germany’s Fabienne Lutkemeier followed by two-time champion Adelinde Cornelissen from The Netherlands who shares second place with Denmark’s Agnete Kirk Thinggaard and Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl.

Result: 1, Don Auriello (Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven) SWE 80.875; 2, Glock’s Flirt (Hans Peter Minderhoud) NED 79.250; 3, Santana (Minna Telde) SWE 76.550; 4, Favourit (Sonke Rothenberger) GER 75.225; 5, Darcia VH (Jeanna Hogberg) SWE 74.850; 6, Toy Story (Patrik Kittel) SWE 74.275; 7, Diamonds Forever (Fabienne Lutkemeier) GER 73.700; 8, di Lapponia T (Paulinda Friberg) SWE 72.475; 9, Zircoon Spring Flower (Jennie Larsson) SWE 71.825; 10, Volstrupgaards Cassiopeia (Allan Skov) DEN 70.675; 11, Wilco V (Mario van Orshaegen) BEL 70.150; 12, Le Beau (Philipp Jorissen) BEL 70.075; 13, Vosk (Marina Aframeeva) RUS 68.500; 14, Kartsevo Upperville (Tatiana Dorofeeva) RUS 67.450; 15, Fleetwood (Malin Hamilton) SWE 63.925.

Source:  FEI