(Reprint from Chronicle of the Horse, September 28, 2001)

L. A. Baltic Kharma Earns Kudos In
International Jumper “Futurity Eastern Finals

Molly Sorge

The Lincoln American Gold Cup hosted the Eastern Finals of the International Jumper Futurity, Sept. 13 in Devon, Pa., and L.A. Baltic Kharma took two titles -consistent performance and grand prix potential. "I was really pleased with her," said owner and breeder Gail Carmona, of Los Alamos Dressage Center in Freehold, N.J. "She was spooky at the first jump, but once she jumped that, she was fine. She has very good balance, and it comes very easily to her. She doesn't work very hard to do it," said Callan Solem, who rode "Kharma," a 4- year-old Swedish Warmblood (L.A. Baltic Inspiration-L.A. Rose Of Sweden, Burggraf). Carmona's breeding operation focuses on dressage horses, but she had a conformation specialist evaluate Kharma. He declared her conformation as indicative of top jumping ability, so Carmona started taking the mare to Solem for training over fences. "I think it's really good for her that she comes over only now and then to jump. Gail brings her over, then she goes home and doesn't jump, and I think each time the school sets  in a little bit. Every time she comes back, she's better. I think I've only jumped her eight or 10 times. Every time, she jumps, then gets to go home and think about it," Solem said. Kharma's show ring debut was in the baby green hunters at the Vermont Summer Festival shows.    "We just wanted her to get the idea of going from jump to jump in a straight line. We didn't do anything too complicated, just to get the idea of going in the ring and jumping around," Solem said. Laura Chapot helped further Kharma's experience at the HITS Catskills (N.Y.) shows, and then Solem took back the reins for the futurity. "It was a real joint effort. I was really happy with how well everyone cooperated," Carmona said. Kharma also has experience in the dressage ring. Carmona showed her at training level all summer,  with  scores consistently in the high 60s and 70s. Kharma qualified for the ABIC/USDF Region I finals, but she competed at the jumper futurity instead. She will compete at the Col. Bengt Ljungquist Memorial Dressage Finals (Va.) on Oct. 25-28. Solem appreciated her cross-training. "She steers already! It makes it so much easier," she said. Kharma's versatility mirrors that of her sire, L.A. Baltic Inspiration. He competed in the jumpers up to the grand prix level with Laura Chapot and to the Prix St. Georges level in dressage with Carmona. "She's just a fun horse to ride and work with," said Carmona. "And she learns so rapidly. We'll do what we did with her father-do both the dressage and the jumpers and see where she goes and what she wants to do." Kharma earned her accolades at the futurity in spite of making a few mistakes. "She had two rails and won. It's a subjective thing," Solem said. "It's nice, because they're not penalized for young horse mistakes. The first oxer she had down, she jumped really high, and had it down behind. The next one, she was really quick with her hind end and pushed her- self into the front rail. It's not a big deal, so it was good that they were able to take it into account and see how nice she is despite that." The futurity competition no longer places horses in a class-instead, they award prizes in the categories of grand prix potential, consistent performance, and movement and type. While Kharma topped the first two categories, Sanmar Farm's Free Spirit took the movement and type category. Only three horses competed in these IJF Eastern Finals, plus a horse showing hors de concourse Solem also rode QuietWinter Farm's bay gelding, Boyfriend. Officials weren't sure if the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington two days earlier had affected the entries. DEVON, PA-SEPT 13. Grand Prix Potential - 1. L.A. Baltic Kharma, Los Alamos Dressage Center  Consistent Performance -1. L.A.Baltic  Kharma, Los Alamos Dressage Center  Movement and Type - 1. Free Spirit, Sanmar Farm

L.A. Baltic Kharma, ridden by Callan Solem,
earned grand prix potential and consistent
performance honors in the International Jumper
Futurity Eastern Finals at the Lincoln American
Gold Cup.

L.A. Baltic Kharma (L.A. Baltic Inspiration x L.A. Rose of Sweden, Premium Elite mare by Burggraf), a 1997 filly born in the first foal crop by "Inspiration", followed in her sire's hoof prints when she demonstrated exceptional talent in both dressage and jumping at the Swedish Warmblood Inspection, 2001.

L.A. Baltic Kharma was awarded two Diplomas at the inspection. She received 48 of a possible 60 points in dressage and 51 of a possible 60 points in free jumping and was one of only two young mares in North America to receive two diplomas.

L.A. Baltic Kharma with Lisa Basselini.
She was Top 10 in halter, Dressage At Devon
and has won many dressage classes with
scores up to 80% at Training Level.

"Kharma" received "9" of a possible 10 points for Type, Walk and Jumping Technique. She received a "10" for trainability and general impressions and according to the inspectors, L.A. Baltic Kharma was considered on a par with the best mares in Sweden.

Two weeks before the inspection "Kharma" competed at the Eastern section of the International Jumper Futurity with Callan Solem in the irons and won 2 of the 3 divisions at that event. Molly Sorge of the "Chronicle of the Horse" best describes the competition in her article reprinted here by her permission.

As a 5-year-old, Kharma won the 4 year old and older mare class of Dressage At Devon, the largest breed show in North America. Then as a 6-year-old she returned as an FEI 6-year-old Young Horse and was named Reserve Champion in the North American Young Horse Championships at Dressage at Devon.

We are delighted that L.A. Baltic Inspiration is proving himself to be a truly outstanding sire.

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