Emeici, formerly Etoine, 2012 KWPN Licensing Champion, in USA

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Emeici, formerly named Etoine, showing off his canter as he's riden by Caroline Roffman shortly after arriving in Florida from the Netherlands. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Oct. 14–Emeici, the 2012 champion of the KWPN licensing when named Etoine, has arrived in Florida and Caroline Roffman has begun training the three-year-old stallion for his competition career.

Anne Schmidt of Tam Farm in Manchester, Michigan, bought the black horse (Vivaldi x Balzflug x Amor)  from Carolyn de Roo and VMF Stables. Anne has placed several horses for training and for sale with Caroline after she opened her Lionshare Farm with Endel Ots in Wellington. Emeici is temporarily at Paula Runnell’s farm in Wellington that was specially licensed to be a quarantine center.

“I’m starting with the best clean slate I can get,” said the 24-year-old Caroline who two years ago was named the International Equestrian Federation “Rising Star.”

“The horse has wonderful talent and a wonderful brain. Now, it’s up to me to develop him for the show arena.”

Anne Schmidt bought the stallion for breeding to help create the future of United States-bred horses.

Emerici did not undergo the 70-day test, but Anne will seek to get him approved Oldenburg.

As for his competition career, Caroline said, the goal is to qualify for the U.S. four-year-old championships in 2013 and “if I’m dreaming” as a five-year-old in 2014 for the young horse world championships in Verden, Germany.

Caroline said she had never before worked with a three-year-old stallion but “he is easy to ride with a great brain and great temperament. His walk and canter are really special. I’m very lucky.”

Caroline Roffman and Emeici. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Caroline spent almost six years working with Danish Olympian Lars Petersen who is also based in South Florida, but she said he “has been hard to replace” since she went out on her own. She has worked ocasionally with Debbie McDonald, but she is based on the U.S. West Coast.

She has a string of top horses and has her sights set on qualifying for the Under-25 event at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen. Germany.