Del Mar, California, USA – November 22, 2020 – A great week of showjumping came to an end on Sunday at the Del Mar Horse Park with the running of the $100,000 Riders Cup Grand Prix. In the end it was Karl Cook (USA) and Caillou 24 who claimed the crown, taking home the lion’s share of the jackpot.
The level of competition was very high, with competitors not only from the west coast but international stars such as Ashlee Bond (ISR), Cassio Rivetti (BRA), Rowan Willis (AUS), Uma O’Neill, Christian Heineking (GER), Mariano Maggi (SWE) all entering the ring for fame, fortune and glory.
The American and the 13-year-old grey Holsteiner gelding (Casall x San Patrignano Corrado) have been as consistent as ever lately, claiming victories and top placings frequently. In the end, the duo once again prevailed, posting the fastest clear jump-off effort in 37.249 seconds for the victory.
Ashlee Bond (ISR) and Donatello 141 (Diarado x Lamoreux I) were not too far behind, earning the second spot on the podium by leaving all the poles up for no penalties in the tiebreaker too, being timed in 38.358 seconds.
A true testament of truly being an international class, the three highest-placed riders represented three different nations. Mariano Maggi (SWE) and Quintago VA (Quidam de Revel x Capitol I) completed the podium after having the only double clear of the contest while having stopped the final timers in 40.632 seconds.
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