2005 Dressage at Equestrian Estates

Carousel and Steve Kanikkeberg Shine in the FEI Dressage Test for 6 Year Olds

With their eye on the USEF/Markel Young Horse Championships to be held in Lexington, Kentucky in September, Steve Kanikkeberg and Rene DiClemente’s Carousel (by Contucci) topped the six-year-old class at Dressage at Equestrian Estates, Sunday April 3. Showing off his exceptional gaits, and smooth flying changes which is usually the undoing of many horses moving up to the 6 year old test, Carousel, the handsome 18 hand liver chestnut by Contucci out of a Bolero mare scored a 74.4% topping a small but talented class of six-year-olds.

The American bred horse was purchased by DiClemente, an amateur rider and real estate agent from Palm City Florida, as a 3 month old foal, from George Walker’s Middlefield Farm in Blythewood, South Carolina who stood Carousel’s dam’s sire Banter (by Bolero) for some time. “I was looking for a well bred weanling and researched breeding facilities in the US. I have a Bolero (Bolschoi) and I wanted something with that type of breeding.” said DiClemente. “He was delivered to my Florida Farm at 7 months old with a winter coat. My husband nicknames all our horses. He was not use to seeing horse with winter coats in Florida, hence the name "Fluffy".

DiClemente had hoped to keep him as a stallion but “we got tired of chasing him around the neighborhood. He could jump anything.” She broke and trained him herself taking it slow and easy due to his increasing size. “He is a gentle giant at almost 18 hands. I broke him myself and he has never done anything bad.”

Carousel and Steve Kanikkeberg Shine in the FEI Dressage Test for 6 Year Olds

Steve Kanikkeberg of Jensen Beach, Florida has been working with DiClemente for over a year and coming to her farm 5 days a week to work with “Fluffy” and her 5-year-old Brisk, who also came from Middlefield Farm. “Sometimes we fight over him.” grinned DiClemente. Both trainer and student competed throughout the weekend sharing both horses without a hitch. DiClemente won her training level 4 class Sunday on Brisk with a 67.885, and the adult amateur second level class Friday on Carousel. Then she handed over the reins to her trainer, Kanikkeberg for Sunday’s Young Horse class, catching the eye of the spectators at ringside. “He is a lot of fun to train,” said Steve, “and he has a great work ethic. He always tries his best. We have high hopes for his future. He is one of the nicest horses I has ever ridden.”

“Both of my horses are insured with Mary Phelps, an Agent for Markel.” added DiClemente. Encouraged by their results at the Equestrian Estates show, the Trainer/owner team are making plans for the selection trials later this spring in Raleigh North Carolina.

Related Links
Horsesdaily "On the Scene" at Dressage at Equestrian Estates
Horsesdaily "On the Scene" USEF/Markel Young Horse Championships 2004
USEF/Markel Young Horse Championships 2005 Info
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