Ester Soldi Captures Italian Military Dressage Championship
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By GIULIA IANNONE
ROME, Sept. 20–Ester Soldi captured the Italian Military Dressage Championship by winning the two days of competition at Montelibretti in Rome Sept. 15-16.
Aboard her top horse, the 12-year-old German mare Wiena’s Dream (Weltmeyer x Lanthana), Ester won first the M100 test the first day with 73.833 per cent and the FEI CCI/CIC*** with 69,551 per cent the second day.
“I’m very happy with my title,” said Ester, representing the penitentiary police, ”and my horse Wiena was so good, so light, so well balanced. There was only a very little problem because of the dressage arena was too soft and because I was stung twice by a hornet! But, in the end, everything ends well for me and my horse.”
Army Capt. Andrea Mezzaroba on the 15-year-old gelding Tenpo won silver with 66.248 per cent.
“Honestly? I didn’t expect this second place in the championship,” Andrea said. “What a surprise. I am here by chance.
“I only wanted to perform my best and ride a clean, simple, easy and confident test each day with Tenpo, my ex eventing partner.”
Tenpo, an Irish gelding, and Andrea was the reserve combination for the Olympic Games of Athens in 2004. A year later, a respiratory problem forced the retirement of the horse from eventing competitions, and his rider retired, too.
“Now we work every day on flat work and dressage.” Andrea said. “It is the basis for equitation. I’ve loved this horse from the start and I have always known he is something special. He can work, in spite of difficulty in respiration. He loves working but above all he wants to win. There is a motivation in his eyes!”
The 25-year-old Evelina Bertoli took bronze on Esido, an 11-year-old Italian horse also used for eventing.
Evelina, also representing the penitentiary police, posted a final score of 66.071 per cent.
Absent from the compettion was 2010 champion, Carabineer Valentina and Corallo Nero.