Tina Konyot’s Calecto V Recovering from Tick Infection

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Tina Konyot and Calecto V at CDI5* in Florida. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

Calecto V, the 13-year-old Danish warmblood stallion ridden by Tina Konyot to the second ranked American combination, is recovering from a tick infection that forced withdrawal of the pair from the U.S. team for the CDIO Nations Cup at Aachen, Germany, next month.

The tick was thought to have attached itself to Calecto when Tina stopped at her farm in North Stonington, Connecticut, on their way from Florida to Canada where she is based for the summer with her boyfriend, Roger Atfield, a Thoroughbred race horse trainer an hour outside of Toronto.

The U.S. team for the Nations Cup was announced Monday and includes two of Tina’s World Equestrian Games team mates, Steffen Peters of San Diego, California, and Ravel, the top ranked U.S. combination, and Todd Flettrich of Wellington, Florida, and Otto The other two combinations are Günter Seidel of Cardiff, California, and U II and Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, California, and Rafalca.

Tina and Calecto last competed at the World Dressage Masters CDI5* in Florida in March where the pair finished second in the Grand Prix and third in the Freestyle. She passed up an opportunity to compete at the World Cup Final in Leipzig although she finished at the top of the North American League because the stallion would have had to return home for quarantine reasons before the European tour over the summer that included Fritzens, Austria and Aachen, that she had set as her goal for 2011. Her longer term goal is the Olympics in London next year, for which the U.S. has already qualified a team as a result of their fourth place finish at the WEG in Kentucky.

“After we arrived in Canada, he was not feeling 100 per cent she said,” Tina said. “We did some tests preparing for the European trip and found his white blood cell count was 4.9 and the normal range is a low of 5.5 to a high of about 12.”

She found a tick on Calecto’s tail bone, she said, and the veterinarian determined that was what “brought him down enough.” The tick was not the type that carries Lyme disease that can have long term debilitating effects and was named after the town of Lyme in Connecticut where several cases were discovered more than 35 years ago.

“It was not worth the risk to ship Calecto,” she said. The journey would have involved driving from Toronto to New York, the transatlantic flight and then the long road trip to Austria for the Fritzens show.

“All our plans were made, we had received some extra funding to cover the costs.”

Calecto has received three series of treatment to elevate his white cell count.

Tina said she plans to compete Calecto in a national Grand Prix at the Summer Festival CDI3* in Palgrave, Ontario, July 15-17–the same week as the Aachen Nations Cup–and then the CDI3* at Saugerties, New York, before going to Gladstone, New Jersey, to defend the Grand Prix National Championship she won at the Festival of Champions in 2010.