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Get to know the 2015 Pan American Game Hopefuls from Team Slezak

It’s no secret that it takes hardwork, talent and a little bit of luck to be short-listed for the Canadian Team. This year, we’re proud to introduce not one, but two of our horses who have been short-listed for the games. Fernhill Dutch Design ridden by Karl and Fernhill Cascum Marco who is ridden by Katlyn Hewson. Both of these horse and rider combinations have had incredible fall, winter and spring seasons, have caught the eye of the team selectors and are headed to their last selection trial this week at the beautiful Bromont CCI***, where they will run the CIC** along with the rest of the horses short-listed for the team.

Both Karl and Katlyn have been listed in the  “Top Ten” most likely to be officially named to the team where they noted Karl as one of the most talented and experienced riders in the country with 70 FEI event starts and stated that while Katlyn has just completed her career first CCI2* in April, her and Fernhill Cascum Marco have been in top form all season and with their continued consistent high performance the selectors may not be able to deny them a place on the team.

While we hope they’re right when they say, “It will not be a shock if Karl is standing on the podium with an individual medal hanging from his neck this July at the Pan Ams.” We are already incredibly proud of these two horse and rider combinations and wanted to take a minute to introduce you to the ever cheeky and confident personalities of Fernhill Dutch Design and Fernhill Cascum Marco through two short “interviews” straight from the horses mouth….(and with a little help from Katlyn)


Introducing DD (Fernhill Dutch Design)

Fernhill Dutch Design enjoying his favourite daytime activity: relaxing in the field!

Where were you born? I was born in the Netherlands

When did you come to North America? I came to Florida from Ireland right before Christmas in 2013

What are your parent’s names? My Dad’s name is Vaillant and my Mom’s name is Ulaika

What is you favourite phase? Cross-Country of course!

Who are your best friends? Arctic Law and Yoshi who are my paddock-mates

What is your favourite daytime activity? Laying flat out in my paddock enjoying a sunny afternoon at home.

What are your nicknames? Mr. Deeds, D’s, Double D or Tweedle Dee.

What do you love about Karl? He always gives me tons of mints when I’m good!! I’m being a good boy now, I think…..! Mint?

What are your dislikes? I really don’t like being left inside alone! I don’t want to miss out on anything. I’m also not fond of the ice boots on my legs! It’s cold and scary!

Do you have a girlfriend? No, I’m concentrating on my career right now

Do you think you will compete in the 2015 Pan American Games and why? Yes, I really hope I will be competing at the Pan Ams this summer! I’m pretty fancy and everyone loves my sexy legs! I always jump all of the jumps and sometimes I even practice my skills in the field. People come to my gate and tell me that I don’t need to practice but I like to think I am going above and beyond.


Introducing Marco (Fernhill Cascum Marco)

Fernhill Cascum Marco attempting to take off his Irish knit blanket after a bathWhere were you born? Ireland at Cascum Farms.

When did you come to North America? I came to Aiken South Carolina in November 2011.

What are your parent’s names? My Dad’s name is Shannondale Sarco and my Mom’s name is The Dancer.

What is you favourite phase? CROSS-COUNTRY!

What are your best friends names? My mom Katlyn is my best friend! I don’t need anyone else.


What is your favourite daytime activity? Eating grass in my paddock! I also like to stare across my paddock at the ladies next door!

What are your nicknames? My mom calls me gorgeous a lot! I also get called MARCO STOP a lot! I don’t know why? I’m only asking for more treats……..I think sometimes they call me Mr. Marco and Marco Pants.

What do you love about Katlyn? Everything! She spoils me and I get everything I want!

Do you think you will compete in the 2015 Pan America Games and why? Of course! I flick my toes really fancy when my mom asks and I jump really big! I also know that I need to go fast so sometimes when my mom asks me to slow down I don’t because I know better.

What are your dislikes? I HATE bugs! They drive me crazy!! I wear my special blankets so that they don’t bit me as bad. I also hate that I don’t get fed first! I deserve to have my food before everyone else!

Do you have a girlfriend? Not at the moment. All of the girls stare at me across their paddock though.

Stay tuned for news on the final team selection which will occur on June 8th following the completion of the CIC2** at Bromont. Thank you to all of our friends, family, sponsors and supporters who have helped us and cheered us (and the entire team) on at each event along the way.