Show Shots: Nick Skelton & Carlo 273

Feb. 8, 2010

Nick Skelton and his gorgeous gray jumper Carlo 273 prevailed in the $75k Adequan Grand Prix at WEF on Sunday.

Skelton gets a handshake from second place finisher Pablo Barrios.

Carlo 273 is a 9 year-old Holsteiner gelding by Contender. Skelton on Carlo:

“He’s really nervous with horses coming towards him. He turns and runs the other way. He watches everything. He’ll see a dog move, a child walking, or a golf cart go by, but when he goes through the start, he’s a totally different horse. He lives on his nerves, but that’s probably what makes him so good. This horse could be a very serious good horse."

“I think he’s an exceptional horse. He’s very, very talented. He’s fantastically careful. He has all the scope, and he’s good to ride.”

“It’s probably as quick as I’ve asked him to go. I’ve taken a long time with him. (In the past two years), I didn’t really speed him, never tried to win a class with him. Next week he’ll do the 1.40m quietly, training a little bit, then go in the grand prix. When they’re young, you’ve got to go up and down with them.”

“You can’t put the gun to their head every day, or else they won’t make 12 years old. Those horses are difficult to find, so when you have a good one, you have to look after them.”

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