Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén Earns Personal Best To Sweep CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle

Wellington, Fla. – Jan. 12, 2017 – On the opening Friday Night Stars of the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén wowed the judges and earned a personal best score in the CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle.  Vilhelmson-Silfvén rode Lövsta Stuteri’s Paridon Magi under the lights to a medley of Queen songs to claim the blue ribbon with a score of 81.15 percent.  She has only ridden to this routine a handful of times aboard the 15-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding and the win boosted Vihelmson-Silfvèn’s chances of representing her country in the Western European league for the FEI World Cup™ in Paris.

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén and Paridon Magi
Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén and Paridon Magi

Joining Vihelmson-Silfvèn in the winner’s circle was Shelly Francis of the United States and Danilo, a 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Patricia Stempel. Francis and Danilo danced their way to a score of 77.725 percent, which led to a second place finish. This was the pair’s first time competing since Aachen earlier this year and Danilo’s first time competing under the lights.

Shelly Francis and Danilo
Shelly Francis and Danilo

Rounding out the top three was Juan Matute Guimon of Spain and his 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Quantico Ymas, who earned a score of 75.275 percent and third place. Friday marked the pair’s second time riding this freestyle, which they debuted in Gothenburg, Sweden last summer. Their challenging choreography featured a line of two-tempi changes, leading directly into a line of one-tempi changes, which ended with a double one-handed pirouette.

Juan Matute Guimon and Quantico Ymas
Juan Matute Guimon and Quantico Ymas


Tinne Vihelmson Silfven – First Place

On her ride:
“When you’re riding a freestyle it’s like telling a story. The biggest highlight is when you can do it all together and it fits with the music. You can feel when you ride it all with the right movements at the right time in the music. I think overall I was in the right place everywhere. He was on the job and really focused. He was really on. He hears the music and just goes “bing!” when it starts, it’s kind of a nice feeling.  I haven’t scored this high with him before, I’m extremely happy.”

Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén and Paridon Magi
Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén and Paridon Magi

On being back in Wellington:
“It’s really nice to be back here again! For us to start like this, I’d like to keep going like this the whole season- that would be nice. I’m really happy to be here and it’s great to be riding here again. Magi felt really good this weekend both, yesterday and today. I’m very pleased I was able to have top scores for both days.”

Shelly Francis – Second Place

On Danilo’s performance:
“It was really fun — I love doing the freestyles! I find it very entertaining for myself. I can actually smile while I’m riding in there. This was the first time for this horse to come out at night, so he was a little bit edgy. He felt awesome! He had a few things where he would get a little hot and make a mistake, but he was so eager to go with the music. He was super for the first time out in a while and he was really trying hard. He’s just getting better and better.” 

Shelly Francis and Danilo
Shelly Francis and Danilo

On her freestyle:
“Marlene Whitaker made my freestyle and the music is a mix of acappella. I’ve ridden it twice in Europe and two-time last spring. I’ve tweaked it to make it better. It’s a work in progress still.”  

Juan Matute Guimon – Third Place

On his ride:
“Tonight I felt like a gladiator. I had a challenging ride but I think I really was able to earn all of my points and work through the tension. Quantico’s a very special horse — he usually gets fired up easily and the atmosphere really got him going. We’ve owned this horse since he was 2-years-old and I’ve been riding him since he was 7. We have come a long way, we still have a long way to go, but I think we’re on a good track.”

Juan Matute Guimon and Quantico Ymas
Juan Matute Guimon and Quantico Ymas

On his freestyle:
“The freestyle I performed today is a family project. My mother did the music and my father and I designed the choreography. I rode it for the first time in Gothenburg last summer. I’m very excited to perform again with this exciting choreography. It definitely has a lot of degree of difficulty.”

Results: CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle
Rider / Country / Horse / Total Score
1. Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven / SWE / Paridon Magi / 81.150
2. Shelly Francis / USA / Danilo / 77.725
3. Juan Matute Guimon / ESP / Quantico Ymas / 75.275
4. Jill Irving / CAN / Degas 12 / 73.875
5. Megan Lane / CAN / Caravella / 71.700
6. Jessica Jo “JJ” Tate / USA / Faberge / 71.300
7. Katie Poag / USA / Zonnekoning / 69.625
8. Ellesse Tzinberg / PHI / Triviant 2 / 69.425
9. Jacqueline Brooks / CAN / D Niro / 68.225
10. Ariana Chia / CAN / Teo / 66.100
11. Daniel Sahar Hirosh / ISR / Don Daiquiri / 64.525

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