Karl Cook and BWP mare Kalinka van ‘t Zorgvliet (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Flipper d’Elle) were in absolute top form last week. On Friday they won the Grand Prix qualifier at The Hampton Classic Horse Show and on Sunday they added the win at The Hampton Classic Grand Prix. “I’m so grateful to my mother, who owns Kalinka, we’ve worked hard with this mare. We’ve had our highs and lows and now it’s all coming together,” Cook said.
Nine combinations competed against each other in the jump-off of the Grand Prix over 1.60m. Daniel Bluman set a mouth-watering ride as the penultimate starter. With KWPN mare Gemma W (Luidam x Unaniem), he improved the time of Katie Dinan and Brego R’n B (by Namelus R) by over one and a half seconds and took over the lead from the American. As the last starter, Cook knew what he had to do and succeeded in his mission. With 36.71 seconds on the counter, he was two tenths faster than Bluman and was therefore awarded the main prize.
“I saw Karl’s ride and he is the deserved winner,” said runner-up Daniel Bluman. “He has been riding well all week and had a lot of success and I knew when I crossed the finish line that he would improve my time. It was about whether the beams would stay in the spoons. I was still hoping the public would be able to take him out of focus, but I know Karl. He’s a winner. I did everything I could, but I’m very happy for him.”
Source: Hampton Classic Horse Show Press Release
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