Wellington, Florida, USA – July 12, 2021 – Young professional Tanner Korotkin (USA) entered the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel International Ring for opening day of the 2021 Great Lakes Equestrian Festival with a new mount.
Aboard the 10-year-old Volo’s Diamond, Korotkin, 19, navigated an easy clear in the 1.30m in Traverse City. Korotkin (USA) has officially acquired the ride on the talented grey gelding (Stakkatol x Baloubet du Rouet) for Sandalwood Farms. The duo will make their international debut in CSI2* competition at the Traverse City venue during GLEF II.
“I’m really excited. He’s exactly the type of ride I like. He’s forward—not necessarily a hotter type, but he likes to take you to the jump,” Korotkin said. “He has all the scope in the world, and he’s experienced but also somewhat of a younger horse.”
Korotkin’s (USA) employer Shane Sweetnam (IRL), set to represent Ireland at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo, acquired Volo’s Diamond last December for Triple S Farms and campaigned the grey with success up to the five-star level at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival. Before Sweetnam, Volo’s Diamond was the ride of Poland’s Przemyslaw Konopacki; the pair finished third in the World Cup Grand Prix at Olomouc in 2020.
“Shane was riding him throughout WEF, and he did him in some of the bigger classes with some good results,” Korotkin said. “I had sold [former top mount] Country Boy and was looking for the next horse. We got a few sale horses to produce and sell, and then Shane thought [Volo’s Diamond] might be a good match.”
Korotkin (USA) had a career-best winter season in Wellington, recording top results at the Winter Equestrian Festival, including a win in the FEI Hermes U25 Welcome at WEF with Castlewood Farm‘s Deauville S. Deauville S remains a part of Korotkin’s string; the speed specialist finished third in the CSI3* 1.45m at the Kentucky Spring Classic in May.
Korotkin (USA) used the early part of his summer to focus on developing some younger horses, including the 8-year-old Lyon and recent import Labalou. He now looks forward to getting to know Volo’s Diamond and returning to international grand prix competition.
“I got so much valuable experience in the bigger classes with [Country Boy], and now I’m ready to confidently do more in those classes with a horse like Volo’s Diamond,” Korotkin said. “We haven’t done much yet, but I’m hoping this is the right horse to achieve some new goals.”
About Tanner Korotkin
U.S. show jumper Tanner Korotkin (USA) set out professionally in the sport following a most decorated junior career that included the 2019 Junior Jumper Championship at the Devon Horse Show; ribbons at the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals — East, the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Final, and the ASPCA Maclay National Championship; and a runner-up finish in the 2019 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jr/AO Grand Prix at the National Horse Show, among other accolades.
A product of his family’s Castlewood Farm, along with Missy Clark and John Brennan’s North Run, Korotkin was a part of the winning U.S. junior squad in team competition at the 2019 Palm Beach Masters. He made his FEI debut just before his 16th birthday and finished among the top 10 in his first CSI3* grand prix in 2019. Now working under top Irish rider Shane Sweetnam at Sweet Oak Farm, Korotkin is unquestionably one of U.S. show jumping’s brightest young stars.
Source: Press Release by Catie Staszak / Catie Staszak Media for Tanner Korotkin
Photo: © Andrew Ryback Photography