It’s an optimistic year with a new addition to Sharn’s 2020 Olympic hopeful string, with Carollo becoming a new ride for Sharn in late 2019. Sharn was able to catch up with The Chronicle of the Horse for this recent interview regarding this very talented horse.
Carollo came to Sharn upon the recommendation of previous rider Andy Kocher, and after an introduction to owners Anton and Michele Marano, this new partnership was solidified. Sharn is thrilled thus far with the progression of this partnership and had the following to say in the interview with The Chronicle:
“He obviously has all the power and scope to jump the biggest jumps,” he said. “He’s [by] Chacco-Blue, so he has a lot of blood, and he’s a real fighter. He was a little over enthusiastic at the start, but we think we have a good partnership now, and he seems to be really with me.”
The pair contested some national classes in November and December, and Wordley, who splits his time between Lexington, Kentucky, and Florida, is aiming to move into FEI classes this month.
Wordley, who represented New Zealand in the 2008 Olympic Games (Hong Kong) and the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (North Carolina), has been named to his country’s high performance team with his WEG mount, Casper, and he could qualify with Carollo for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“New Zealand’s got an Olympic spot, so we’re going to see if that’s something we think we’re ready to do,” Wordley said. “Carollo is a fantastic horse, so we’re just going to start stepping up to the bigger classes and see what we think.”
Many thanks to Sara Lieser and Ann Glavan for producing this article.