Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven delighted her home crowd by winning the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage qualifier.
The Swedish rider, and six-time Olympian, achieved a score of 81.950 per cent aboard Don Auriello to send the Stockholm audience into raptures. It is the second year in a row where Vilhelmson-Silfven has excelled on Swedish soil and this event saw her fend off competition from the Netherlands' Edward Gal and Hans-Peter Minderhoud which placed second and third respectively.
Vilhelmson-Silfven was delighted with her performance and praised her horse for guiding her through to victory. However, it was a different story for Gal and Minderhoud which both conceded that they could have done better during the event. Gal explained that his 11-year-old stallion Glock's Voice was "a bit tense" prior to the start of the competition and bemoaned the fact that it was "not paying attention" to the rider.
For Vilhelmson-Silfven it was a stellar performance and the Swedish rider spoke of her delight after the event: "He felt so good before we went in, but then there was a stumble at the start and I wondered if maybe it might not be as good as I thought – and then it happened again. Today we had good preparation and he felt even more secure so it was hard to say why he stumbled. But I had a super feeling!”
The qualifying win will put Vilhelmson-Silfven in confident mood going into the 2014 FEI World Cup which will be held in Lyon, France in April next year. The O2Arena could potentially be a venue for an upcoming event as a bid is prepared for the 2017 event. It would mark the first time the competition has been held in the UK and could attract a host of spectators following on from the success of the Olympics.