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Palatine and his owner, team coach Devon Maitozo.


after an accident. Devon said that


he didn’t imagine Palatine taking on the role of a team horse—who are required to carry up to three vaulters at a time—because of his narrow stature. But Palatine stepped up to


the plate and proved himself as a top quality team horse. In 2009, he was named the USEF Reserve Champion Vaulting Horse of the Year.


A WORLD WIDE STAGE As it neared time for the United States to select their


team for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Palatine’s team was a strong contender in the selection trials. Thanks in part to Palatine’s smooth gaits, balance, and exceptional training, the team—made up of Maitozo, Blake Dahlgren, Mary Garrett, Emily Hoyge, Mari Inouye, Rosalind Ross and Annalise VanVranken—was selected to travel from their base in California to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky and compete for top honors in the vaulting competition. Things got off to a great start in Kentucky with the


U.S. team taking the lead after the team compulsories. Unfortunately, even when things start strong, problems can arise due to unforeseen circumstances. “The first freestyle of two rounds came with some problems,”


Carolyn explains. “The arena I was directed to [warm up] was past the driving barn with all the carriages and activity that comes with it. This made Palatine very tense. By the time I got him back to the vaulting area for warm- up, the tension was still visible.” “Under normal circumstances he is not a spooky horse,”


she continues. “But with the excitement of seeing driving for the first time and the more electric energy in the Alltech arena, he did spook slightly at the moving television camera, and that was enough to cause a small fall in the freestyle. After all, this is a horse sport, and one thing you learn about horses is that they keep us humble.” Despite the fall in the first round of freestyles, the high score from the compulsories kept the U.S. team among the leaders. On the final day of the competition, Palatine and


the team returned to redeem themselves. Carolyn took extra care in the warm up to keep Palatine relaxed so he could perform at his best. “In the final freestyle round, I kept Palatine very relaxed in his riding warm-up by taking much more time and engaging him with lots of transitions,” she says. “His reaction to this was wonderful. He seemed to truly be in tune with me in the arena, and this allowed the team to perform at their best and win!”


LOOK TO THE FUTURE After a brief vacation for his hard work at the


World Equestrian Games, Palatine returned to continue his education with Carolyn. “I am currently riding him in dressage,” she says. “Palatine will then continue with vaulting and carry a few top individuals for the 2011 season. His team goal will be for [vaulting] World Championships in 2012.”


26 January/February 2011


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