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Future So Bright: Vino d’Espinet

Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Future So Bright

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson “We were very lucky to find a horse like this,” Bosty says about Vino d'Espinet. All photos (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

Some horses just stand out. Vino d’Espinet is one of them. The 8-year-old Selle Francais gelding by Elan de la Cour x Le Tot de Semilly caught our eye during the summer season, when popping around in the young horse classes in Aachen and Brussels with Roger Yves Bost in the saddle.

In our new series Future So Bright, we catch up with the world’s best riders on some of their most exciting talents – that might develop into becoming the next big thing in the international ring. 

“We bought him for my daughter actually,” Bosty smiles. “She and her husband do a lot of scouting for youngsters, they watch a lot of videos and buy promising young horses that they wish to develop,” Bosty explains. “They found him at a national young horse show when he was 6-years-old. My daughter rode him for one year and I looked at them every time they jumped. I waited until Vino was seven before I got on him,” the French rider tells. “In the beginning, he jumped so high and was so fresh!” 

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson “When I saw him for the first time, I thought ’wow’!" Bosty says about the 8-year-old gelding.

Vino’s spectacular style – that also caught Bosty’s eye – is one of the best qualities he has. “He is just spectacular behind! And he is not spooky. Sometimes he gets too fresh, and maybe at times he needs better technic in front. But he is very careful, I think he just needs to go to shows and see different things to improve on that area.”

The focus is already shifted to the next outdoor season for Vino. “I think maybe I will take him to Stuttgart, where the ring is big. Even though my first plan with him was to not do too many indoor shows and only do some 1.45m classes, maybe a 1.50m if he goes well. Then next year when he turns nine he can start to do more. I think I need to take my time with him and wait a bit more to see how he develops.” 

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson "It is hard to know if he will be a Grand Prix horse in the end, but I do believe so,” Bosty says.

Bosty admits that a horse like Vino is hard to find. “We were very lucky to find a horse like this,” he says. “When I saw him for the first time, I thought ’wow’ – he was so spectacular, maybe a bit normal in the front, but I liked his type,” he continues. “Now the feeling with him is getting better at every show. He is with me in the ring, in the beginning he would take off like a 6-year-old.”

Bosty can find many similarities with other top horses in Vino. “In his physic he is a little like Sydney Une Prince,” Bosty says. “And he has a lot of scope and the hind end is a lot like Armitage Boy! From his type he is a bit more English or Irish. He is careful and what I am most happy about is that he fights in the ring. He just needs more experience. It is hard to know if he will be a Grand Prix horse in the end, but I do believe so.” 

 


Text © World of Showjumping by Nanna Nieminen // Pictures © Jenny Abrahamsson and Nanna Nieminen

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