Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven Wins Again with Don Auriello in FEI Grand Prix Special at AGDF Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI W
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Roffman was proud of Her Highness O for doing so well in a test completely new to both of them. Sunday was the first time either of them had contested the Special, and while Roffman felt they had a few green errors, she will always be grateful for her horse's fantastic attitude. "She always tries, sometimes too much. I was also trying maybe too hard, maybe mistakes were silly on my part. She's so honest, she just wants to do it for you. It's a fun feeling to have a horse that's always trying so hard, so I'm very happy with her," Roffman explained. The FEI World Cup Finals and WEG are goals for every rider, and Roffman noted that while she would be thrilled to qualify for either event, she's happy to enjoy the journey with Her Highness O. "We all dream of the same things, but it's about going there and giving confidence. I don't want to blow her mind. It's not fair. She needs to take it easy and get confident, and me too, and then see what happens," Roffman remarked.
Wilcox described herself and Denzello as having a combination of Roffman's greenness and Vilhelmson-Silfven's international aspirations. Sunday's test was Denzello's third CDI and only the second time he had done the Special, but with their promising results, Wilcox has her eye on the WEG. "The mistakes he had, bless his heart, he's thinking the Grand Prix lines for the twos. He was sure I was making a mistake. I was very, very pleased with his expression and what he offered me today," Wilcox described. Wilcox also had to deal with a horse just as hot as the tropical Floridian weather. She agreed that if you can harness that excess energy, it can pay off immensely. "I did want to up the expression a little bit, but he kind of did that on his own and I was more or less trying to calm him down in there. I know what Tinne's talking about, it is kind of nice to have that power, but only if you can control it," Wilcox pointed out.
The Palm Beach Dressage Derby Perpetual P.R.E. Award recognized Janne Rumbough and her 12-year-old Andalusian gelding Junior for international level competition. Nicholas Fyffe and Fiero HGF were presented with the award for national level competition. Fiero HGF is a six-year-old US P.R.E. stallion out of Ibiza by Grandioso III and is owned by Romance Farm Inc.
Evi Strasser and Rigaudon Tyme Have a Blue Ribbon Finish in FEI Intermediaire Freestyle
Strasser's scores have steadily increased throughout the weekend before her win on Sunday. Strasser explained the trip to Wellington from Montreal, Canada, was a bit taxing on the horses, and she felt Rigaudon Tyme's fitness was finally back up to par this weekend. "This weekend, he was already way more on the ball. It took us quite a while to come here from Montreal to Florida, and I think it took the [horses] a full four weeks to recover. I think they're just getting in shape, so I think next year we might have to come four weeks earlier!" Strasser smiled. She continued, "Every day, it got a little better. I took this time over the last two shows to build him up and get him settled more. I could feel that I could ride more and not overwhelm him. With horses that are almost doing the grand prix, it's always hard to ride a St. Georges because they are quicker than just an average St. Georges horse. They are way more alert."
Full Results for the FEI Grand Prix Special
Rider, Country, Horse, Age, Breeding: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total%
1 Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven, SWE, Don Auriello, 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Lövsta Stuteri, Wey o Mey x Don Davidoff: 78.333%, 77.647%, 76.863%, 77.745%, 78.431%, 77.804%
2 Caroline Roffman, USA, Her Highness O, 11-year-old Hanoverian mare owned by rider, Wild Lady O x Hohenstein: 68.235%, 71.961%, 70.882%, 69.706%, 71.078%, 70.373%
3 Lisa Wilcox, USA, Denzello, 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Betty Wells, Romina x De Niro: 70.196%, 68.922%, 70.980%, 70.490%, 69.510%, 70.020%
4 Heather Blitz, USA, Paragon, 11-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by rider, Pari Lord x Don Schufro: 67.843%, 67.255%, 67.255%, 67.941%, 70.294%, 68.118%
5 Tom Dvorak, CAN, Viva's Salieri W, 13-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Augustin Walse, Salinja x Viva Voltaire: 65.882%, 67.549%, 67.353%, 65.196%, 68.725%, 66.941%
6 Kelly Layne, AUS, Von Primaire, 12-year-old KWPN gelding owned by rider, Noraline x Don Primaire: 66.078%, 67.451%, 66.667%, 67.451%, 65.980%, 66.725%
7 Christopher Hickey, USA, Douglas Hilltop, 14-year-old Württemberger owned by Hilltop Farm Inc, Weronie x Dr. Jackson D: 65.392%, 65.882%, 67.843%, 63.431%, 67.647%, 66.039%
8 Eliane Cordia-van Reesema, USA, Jewel's Adelante, 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by rider, Tangent x Don Schufro: 67.549%, 64.902%, 65.294%, 65.000%, 67.255%, 66.000%
Full Results for FEI Intermediaire Freestyle
Rider, Country, Horse, Age, Breeding: Judge E%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Total %
1 Evi Strasser, CAN, Rigaudon Tyme, 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by rider, Carmen x Rosano: 69.000%, 73.000%, 74.625%, 72.208%
2 Gabriela Stumpf, AUT, Finally Love, 8-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by rider, Winzerin x Farewell III: 67.250%, 66.750%, 70.375%, 68.125%
3 Amy Walker-Basak, USA, Wagner, 11-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Alma Ericson, Iselotte x Krack C: 63.625%, 65.750%, 65.375%, 64.917%
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