Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén Debuts Esperance For Double Wins at Wellington CDI1*
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 5, 2017–Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén debuted the spectacular Esperance at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival to win the CDI1* Intermediate 1 Freestyle Sunday, a day after capturing the Int. 1.
Esperance, an eight-year-old KWPN gelding bought eight months ago by Antonio Ax:son Johnson’s Lövsta Stuteri, scored 76.292 per cent for the musical performance and 75.351 per cent in the Int. 1.
Canada’s Jessica Rhinelander on Dimanche placed second on 74.417 per cent and Adrienne Lyle of Sun Valley, Idaho on Harmony’s Duval was third on 73.375 per cent.
Esperance (Sorento x Rousseau) is the third horse to be debuted in Florida by Tinne, the seven-time Olympian for Sweden, beginning in 2011 with Don Auriello, her London and Rio de Janeiro Games mount, and Benneton Dream FRH in 2015.
“This is a good place to start horses,” she said, “the weather, the atmosphere…
“We wondered how Esperance would handle the weather at this show which went from very hot (about 90F/32C) Friday and Saturday to today’s cooler weather (about 70F/21C).”
“Looking at the whole week, I’m so pleased with my horse,” she said. “He went over the expectations, as I haven’t showed him before. I’ve only had him for eight or nine months and he’s so intelligent and nice to ride. He has a super mind, he really wants to do his best. He still feels quite green because he is only eight, you can feel that in the ring. Still, he just tries and tries and he’s so honest and ambitious. It’s going to be a lot of fun to continue with this horse.”
Tinne said she does not plan to compete Esperance again in Wellington but, “I’m going to keep educating him and perhaps I will bring him out in the spring when we are back in Europe again. The goal is that he is for sure going to be a mature Grand Prix horse.”