CSI 5*

Karl Cook & Kalinka van’T Zorgvliet Clinch the Win in $74,000 Douglas Elliman CSI 5* at the 2022 Hampton Classic Horse Show

Bridgehampton, New York, USA – September 2, 2022 – As 35 competitors representing nine countries rode over Alan Wade’s (IRL) 16-effort, 1.60m course in Friday’s $74,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier CSI 5*, it seemed none would be able to put in a fault-free round, let alone that there would be a jump-off. Then Aaron Vale (USA) secured the elusive clear within the last ten rides of the order, and fellow American Karl Cook (USA), the final rider on course, was quick to join him. In the end, Cook came out on top, piloting Kalinka Van’t Zorgvliet to the afternoon’s only double-clear round.

The Hampton Classic, August 28-September 4, is one of the world’s most prestigious horse shows, offering more than $1 million in prize money during a full schedule featuring competitors at every level from young children in leadline to Olympic, World, and World Cup Champions. The Classic also has competitions for riders with disabilities. 

“The first round was highly technical today,” Cook said. “There were some really technical parts, and the time allowed was super tight, making it even harder. Since there was only one clear before me, my goal was just to get clear. My mare is also very hot, so sometimes getting the exact right speed is hard. She was so good in the first round and again in the second round, and I couldn’t be happier.”

Cook piloted Signe Ostby’s 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare (Thunder vd Zuuthoeve x Flipper d’Elle) with ease through the intense first-round course. The double combination near the VIP tents and the triple combination through the middle of the ring, which had been the most influential throughout the class, didn’t faze him and Kalinka. They returned with what seemed to be endless energy for the shortened jump-off track.

Karl Cook (USA) & Kalinka van’T Zorgvliet during the awards ceremony

“I watched a few before I rode (the first round),” Cook said. “You could just hear ‘Time fault, time fault, time fault,’ or they were within the time but with four penalty-points. I knew I had to go as quickly as I could within the turns because I couldn’t make it up in the lines, and I just hoped that that was fast enough.”

With eight faults in the jump-off, Vale and his mount Prescott (Lordanos), a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Thinks Like A Horse, finished with second-place honors. Only one time penalty in the initial round kept Ireland’s Richie Moloney (IRL) from joining them for the tiebreaker, placing him and Equinimity LLC’s 10-year-old Holsteiner mare Coco Beach (Casall x San Patrignano Corrado) in third.

Vale has reclaimed the lead in the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge with a total of 200 points, knocking Amanda Derbyshire (GBR) into second with 198 points. Moloney maintains third place with 175 points. The Challenge, which awards $30,000 and a Longines watch to the winner, will be awarded Sunday following the $410,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI 5*.  

The Hampton Classic’s FEI competition began Thursday, September 1, with the $10,000 Citarella Open Jumper CSI2* and $37,000 Hampton Classic 5* Speed Stake and continues throughout the weekend with seven 2* and 5* classes. FEI competition also included Friday’s $37,000 Wölffer Estate 2* Jumper Classic and $74,000 Douglas Elliman 5* Grand Prix Qualifier, Saturday’s $74,000 Hampton Classic 2* Grand Prix and $74,000 5* Longines Cup and the culminating $410,000 Hampton Classic 5* Grand Prix on Sunday, September 4.

For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, complimentary live webcasts of all Grand Prix ring competitions air on the Hampton Classic website, produced by ClipMyHorseTV and courtesy of Longines. ClipMyHorseTV is also producing a live webcast of all Anne Aspinall ring competitions, available for free on the Hampton Classic website, thanks to Pacaso. In addition, WVVH-TV, Hamptons Television, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These broadcasts can also be seen online at www.wvvh.tv.

Final Results – $74,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier CSI5*

1) Karl Cook (USA) & Kalinka Van’t Zorgvliet – 0 / 0 – 40.46

2) Aaron Vale (USA) & Prescott – 0 / 8 – 41.70

3) Richie Moloney (IRL) & Coco Beach – 1 – 79.32

Source: Press Release by Marty Bauman / Classic Communications for The Hampton Classic Horse Show

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