Langley, British Columbia, Canada – August 30, 2022 – Brooke Morin (USA) walked under the tower and into the Fort Grand Prix Arena for the $50,000 Paladin Risk Solutions Grand Prix CSI 2* knowing that in order to win her first international Grand Prix, she’d have to beat her coach.
“I was going to be happy either way. Kyle King (USA) was going to win if I didn’t! I actually said that to him going into the ring,” Morin detailed.
Kyle King (USA) was leading the class aboard SIG Chiari and had set a stiff standard. Knowing his track had worked well, his advice to his student was to try to ride a similar track.
She did, for the most part. But a decision to leave out a stride with “Cory” midway through Peter Holmes’ (CAN) short track would set her apart and to the top of the leaderboard. Morin recorded a milestone victory, crossing the timers in 49.62 seconds aboard the 12-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Carrico x Escudo II).
Kyle King (USA) and Sig Chiari (Cristallo II x Landadel) settled for second, less than three-tenths of a seconds slower than his student 49.88 seconds)
Jeffrey Fields (USA) and Sherlina Ale (Sheraton x Colandro) rounded out the top three, registering no penalties at the end of their two performances and a final time of 50.71 seconds.
“I did the seven [strides] in the bending line to the paint oxer. Kyle did eight, and that might have helped me,” Morin said. “I was worried a little about the turn afterward. I had to get a good pace for that seven, and I didn’t want to land too far out. Cory was just so game. He knew what I was asking. He knew what he was supposed to do.”
Traveling at speed and has seemingly come easily to Morin, who also finished second this week in the CSI2* tbird 1.45m. She credits that confidence to her mount. Despite commuting to Canada from her California home to show and train with locally-based King—sometimes not riding her horse for weeks at a time—there is little rust to rub off when she and Cory reunite in the show ring. According to JUMPR app, the pair finish in the top 10 71% of the time in international competition at heights from 1.40m to 1.50m.
“The fact that I’m so comfortable on Cory helps me a lot. When I first started doing the jumpers, you wouldn’t see me going as fast as I did today!” she exclaimed. “[Cory] loves [that pace]. He can also be kind of a lazy boy, but he gets excited [in the jump-off]. He has the best stride ever. It can be huge, and it can be small. He’s so adjustable. It’s just the best feeling.”
Morin and “Cory” have been partnered since the spring of 2020 and jumped their first international classes in June at Spruce Meadows. Morin’s first international win came at tbird’s Summer Fort Classic CSI 3* in the Uryadi’s Village Cup 1.50m. Sunday’s win marked her first FEI grand prix win.
“It’s an amazing feeling. I can’t even describe it,” she said. “This is my dream, and it’s finally coming true.”
Final Results – $50,000 Paladin Risk Solutions Grand Prix CSI 2*
1) Brooke Morin (USA) & NKH Carrido – 0 / 0 – 49.62
2 ) Kyle King (USA) & Sig Chiari – 0 / 0 – 49.88
3 ) Jeffrey Fields (USA) & Sherlina Ale – 0 / 0 – 50.71
Source: Press Release by Catie Staszak / Catie Staszak Media for Thunderbird Show Park
Photos: © Tbird / Quinn Saunders