When a horse has finished inside the top 10 in his last eight international runs, we sit up and take notice at HQ. In the case of 10-year-old Carlevo, we have found an exciting horse to watch in America. Not only has he finished 9th or better in his runs with Buck Davidson over the last calendar year, but he has finished in every spot inside the top 10 except 1st place. Is a win on the way for Carlevo?
Produced to the two-star level by Dirk Schrade, Carlevo made the move to America during the winter of 2015. He completed his first full season at three-star level in 2016, and his dressage average has steadily dropped to 42.7 over the last 12 months. Carlevo broke into the 30s in dressage for the first time at the inaugural running of the Ocala Jockey Club CIC3* at the tail end of the 2016 season to start his run of top 10 finishes, ultimately finishing 8th there.
In his first run of the 2017 season at Chattahoochee Hills, Carlevo finished 2nd in the CIC3* to his stablemate Copper Beach (who has taunted him on leaderboards all year!) and notably delivered a clear show jumping round to start a streak of four consecutive runs without a rail.
Carlevo followed up with a 9th place finish and a clear cross country run in the pouring rain at Jersey Fresh CIC3*, a fitting final prep run before heading to Ireland for the Tattersalls CCI3*. Once again Carlevo cracked the 30s in the first phase, with a beautiful clear show jumping round in the final phase sealing the deal on a 6th place finish.
Following his summer holiday, Carlevo stretched his legs in a CIC2* at Loch Moy to finish 3rd, then went on to Richland Park to make the time for the first time at CIC3* level and finish 5th. Only four pairs made the time at Plantation Field CIC3* (where stablemate Copper Beach took the win) and Carlevo’s 5.2 time penalties saw him settle for 7th in a stiff field.
Carlevo wrapped his 2017 season with his second top 10 CCI3* finish of the year, once again jumping a clear show jumping round at Fair Hill on the final day to finish 4th in the US National CCI3* Championships. He has jumped nine clear cross country rounds in a row and has jumped clear show jumping rounds in six of his last eight runs for a 75% strike rate.
Keep your eye on Carlevo in 2018. A big win can’t elude him for much longer!