Granato and Carlchen W have proved to be fierce competitors together for a number of years, especially gaining notable placings during the 2019 season in Wellington, Florida. The pair dominated at the CP Palm Beach Masters Winter Classic CSI4*-W, hosted at Deeridge Farms, by winning both the $71,200 Suncast® Palm Beach Masters World Cup Qualifier and $208,200 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington CSI4*-W. Carlchen W will help Granato keep a busy schedule through the remainder of the year, traveling to the Upperville Colt & Horse Show in Virginia, in addition to representing the United States in Falsterbo and Hickstead this summer.
“He’s been amazing. We’ve been together for five and a half years so we have a really fun partnership and we’ve gotten to know each other really well. He’s coming off of a great winter. We haven’t done much the past 7 weeks. We went to Mexico for the Nations Cup where he actually didn’t feel in his best health because the travel was a little hard on him. We’re using this to gear up for our spring circuit. He’s back to feeling himself and he’s really happy.”
On the jump-off:
“He’s so naturally fast and I’m really lucky with that in a jump-off. This is really is the best he has felt in a jump-off. He had a great circuit, but this is the smoothest, most consistent jump-off that he has had in a while. I changed the tack a little bit this week. We used a little bit different type of noseband and I felt like his reaction to my timing was better through the corners so it really made him a lot faster than I was really even planning to be which was nice because then I could let off a little pressure down the last line and not take too much risk. He jumped [fence] one to two so well and I wanted to be sure to get away from [fence] two quickly so that I could be a little bit patient into the double [combination] off of a long gallop. Into a vertical-oxer double [combinations], he is sometimes a little more focused on the oxer so I wanted to give him enough time to balance there. He rode great and it came up just right for us tonight and it felt really good. After that I just tried to stay real efficient and quick without being too greedy.”
On his upcoming plans with Carlchen W:
“We kicked off competition here in Kentucky and next we will do Upperville [Colt & Horse Show]. I think we will do one week in Tryon which is building up to July where we’ll head to Europe for the Nations Cups in Falsterbo and Hickstead.”
On Kentucky Horse Shows:
“I love Kentucky in general. We have based here for the last four summers. They do a great job here and it’s a fun show to kick off our spring series. The horses love it here and it’s a nice change in atmosphere after getting out of Florida so we always make it a purpose to get here.”