Tantoni Fabio, Floriscount Offspring, Arrives in USA

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Tantoni Fabio with mother, Rien Ne Va Plus, as a yearling.
Tantoni Fabio as a foal with mother, Rien Ne Va Plus.

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 1, 2014–Tantoni Fabio, believed to be the first riding age progeny of the Oldenburg licensed breeding stallion Floriscount in the United States, was delivered to his owner in Wellington, Florida on New Year’s Day.

The liver chestnut gelding, four years old Wednesday, has been owned by Ilse Schwarz, the Wellington-based Australian FEI competitor and trainer, since the foal was three months old.

Ilse kept the youngster (Floriscount x Dormello x Glorieux) at Gut Fuchtel in Vechta, Germany until last week when she arranged for Dutta Corp. to ship the horse to her stable in Wellington.

The nine-year-old Floriscount is owned by Count Clemens August von Merveldt who operates Gut Fuchtel. After time out with an injury, the stallion is back in training with German FEI rider Oliver Oelrich.

Ilse discovered the baby by accident after riding and then trying to buy the mother, Rien Ne Va Plus, in 2006. However, the El St Premium mare was injured in the paddock and retired as a riding horse.

“I loved the mare,” Ilse said. “It was one of those dumb things that a friend of a friend on Facebook commented on something and posted a photo of a foal with the mother’s name that got my attention.”

She tracked down the owner, Georgina Pole-Carew of Tantoni Warmbloods of Dorchester, England, confirmed the mare was the same Rien Ne Va Plus she had ridden and asked if the foal was for sale.

“When she said it was I told her, ‘I’m going to Verden next week to cover the World Young Horse Championships for dressage-news.com.’

“I wasn’t really looking for another horse but I came home from Germany as the owner.”

A video of Tantoni Fabio, at the age of three months with her mother being watched by Ilse can be seen here.

With the horse now about 16.3 hands (170cm), Ilse decided to bring him to Florida to train and compete.

Ilse bred and trained to Grand Prix the Contango gelding Cadenza, trained to FEI from an unridden three-year-old the Sandro Hit mare Sauvignon and has successfully trained and ridden through young horse classes the Don Kennedy gelding, Don Joseph, now eight years old and owned by Gaye and Joe Scarpa.