R'surene Kantamos arrived on June 9, 2014. Sired by the two time World Hunter
Pleasure Champion MEM Bailamos and out of the undefeated sport horse/hunter/in hand mare R'surene Carasu, "BB" as
he is affectionally called, solidifies the best of both bloodlines. BB gets his beautiful head and springy trot from his sire
and the conformation, size, and coloring of his dam.
BB arrived after a great
deal of research. When Carasu broke her knee we were informed that she had a 50-50% chance of carrying a foal to term and
she would probably have to be put down when the foal was weaned. With that in mind, we picked what we wanted for our one shot.
That stallion proved to be a golden cross with Carasu. Carasu was overseen at the University of Tennessee Equine Hospital
from insemination to actual foaling. For the last three weeks of her pregnancy she was in ICU to make sure that once she had
the foal she could stand and allow him to nurse.
To the left are pictures
of BB taken on September 9, 2014, his three month old birthday. Chris is teaching him to fetch a ball and I wanted to share
those pictures here. Kantamos is special in every way and he has the Morgan personality in spades.
February 15, 2017, BB was sent to Ken Swanson of Tara Farm, Raleigh, NC. to get qualified for the 2017 Grand National. BB
exceeded everyone's expectations at Southern and at the Blue Ridge Classic. Since Tara Farm was not showing, we elected
to bring BB home and condition him ourselves for the Grand National. Both Chris and I showed him; Chris in hand and myself
in Classic Pleasure Driving. This was quite a feat for us oldies but we had always wanted to show an "R'surene"
at the Grand National under our colors. We were officially Grand National bound! BB won his class with Chris showing
in-hand. He took 4th with Sue in Classic Driving 3yr old and under followed by a top ten in the Junior Classic Pleasure Driving
Due to a rear hoof injury BB was forced to stay at the farm in 2018. Driving
on the 600 acres helped BB regain his athleticism. Last year he was shown by Chris and Sue exclusively.
Today BB is in training with Stan Bodnar of Merriehill Stables in Marengo, Illinois. Below are posted his winnings
for 2017 and 2018. After being gelded, Stan took BB to the pleasure driving division. Currently BB is undefeated in both driving
and in hand. BB is for sale.
1st Open Classic Pleasure Driving
Classic Pleasure Driving Champion