Karl Cook and Caillou 24 Soar To Victory in the $36,600 FEI 1.50m 238.2.1.
THERMAL, Calif. – January 29, 2021 – FEI competition continued on Friday, welcoming forty-one pairs to the Grand Prix Stadium for the $36,600 FEI 1.50m 238.2.1., sponsored by Horseflight. Crossing the timers at 61.88 seconds, Karl Cook (USA) and his long time mount Caillou 24 (Casall x Carefree) bested the field and earned the top spot. Caillou 24 is a fourteen-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Signe Ostby.
Second place was awarded to Katie Laurie (AUS) and Cera Caruso (Casall x Belcam Cymphony), a thirteen-year-old Australian Warmblood owned by Carissa McCall, for their time of 62.77 seconds. Rounding out the podium was USA’s Kaitlin Campbell and Ilan (Labor’s VDL Indorado x unknown) with a time of 63.42 seconds. Spooner’s mount is a thirteen-year-old Belgium Warmblood gelding owned by SWS Training and Sales.
Course designer Alan Wade (IRE) built a technical 1.50m course consisting of twelve obstacles that included two combinations and multiple bending lines. The track provided riders with a good amount of options to move up to and leave out strides or slow down and choose to make the tighter turns.
“The course was good. It was a really lovely course. It was flowing but at the same time there were tight turns which is good,” mentioned Cook. “Sometimes it is hard to build a flow into a tight turn, but then there were places that you can leave out a stride if you wanted. We used the whole ring and overall it was just a great course.”
Cook and Caillou 24 are no strangers to the FEI classes as they have competed in several together over the past few years. “I have had him for a while now and he is my main horse. He really is just a very steady horse,” explains Cook. “I plan on doing the Grand Prix on Sunday and then I will ride next week.”