Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén and Devanto Score New Personal Best
Sunday, January 16, 2022
Posted by Alice Collins for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
The seven-time Swedish Olympic rider Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén took home the winner’s blanket and sash in the Grand Prix Special CDI4*, presented by Palm Beach Equine Clinic. This is the first weekend of action at the 2022 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, Florida. AGDF, which hosts seven weeks of CDI competition and runs through April 3.
New Record Score
Riding Lövsta Stuteri’s 13-year-old Devanto, Vilhelmson-Silfvén logged a new record score for the Holsteiner gelding at the level – 73.425% – despite a blip in the first set of one-time changes. Overall, they were rewarded with a smattering of eights in the test and a nine for extended canter. Runner-up spot went to Susan Dutta (USA) on her own and her husband Tim’s 13-year-old gelding Figeac DC with 68.596%.
Photo - Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén (SWE) leads the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI4* on Devanto, whom she has only been competing for a year. (©SusanStickle)
Devanto was formerly campaigned at Grand Prix by Germany’s Juliane Brunkhorst. Vilhelmson-Silfvén did her first CDI on him at AGDF exactly a year ago, and this was their eighth CDI test.
“It’s a gift to get a ready-made horse,” said the 54-year-old Vilhelmson-Silfvén. “But that’s not to say it’s easier, because you really have to make them your own. You have to learn how they work, and they have to learn how you work. You have to give them time to understand you. I get to understand how a horse like Devanto – with all this power – how he reacts, if he reacts, if he’s too tense, or if he’s over ambitious. He’s very sensitive, and I like that.”
Vilhelmson-Silfvén is a regular on the Wellington circuit and values everything that AGDF offers.
“In Sweden, we travel three days to every show, so you can’t go to too many one after the other,” she added. “Here you can go again and again and try to figure out and adjust your own way of competing. It gives you so many possibilities. Getting to know a horse, or having young ones, it’s super.
Click the image to watch Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén’s winning Grand Prix test. ©Richard’s Equine Video
“You can also have your whole string here and ride them all at once, and still go home every day and ride the ones there. In Europe, you’re away for a week at a show and you leave the whole stable. Here I can choose to ride as much as I want,” concluded Vilhelmson-Silfvén.
For more information and results, visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.