Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven, one of Sweden’s most popular and successful dressage riders, is clearly enjoying her first year showing on the Florida circuit. She and Favourit, her partner at last year’s Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games, took the win in the recent Gold Coast Opener CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 77.275. “I was very pleased with Favourit this weekend. He felt energetic and elastic but also relaxed at the same time. It’s a nice feeling,” Vilhelmson-Silfven said. “This is my first time competing in Florida so I was very happy to win the freestyle on Sunday.”
The Swedish rider has competed in the U.S. before at international competitions, but this is her first winter season in Florida. Earlier in January, she and Favourit nabbed a Grand Prix win during the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge. Coming in second behind her in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the Opener was Tina Konyot riding Calecto V to a score of 73.80. Third place went to Katherine Bateson-Chandler riding Nartan with a score of 70.250.
Vilhelmson-Silfven is also competing in Florida with Intermediaire horses Don Auriello and Divertimento. She said competing in Sweden in the winter is a bit challenging. Florida, on the other hand, is turning out to be a perfect venue. “I think this is a dream for horses and people,” she said. “The climate and the structure with everything so tight together is nice. It’s made for the horses and it’s the best for them.”
Vilhemson-Silfven, who has represented Sweden in numerous international competitions, will be staying in Florida until mid-March and then will head back to Sweden. Meanwhile, she’ll be using the Florida winter circuit to prepare Favourit for the European Championships in Rotterdam.