Caillou 24 is Leading the Way to Las Vegas for Karl Cook
Caillou 24 was foaled in Germany in 2007
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Sired by the famed Olympic Holsteiner stallion Casall Ask and bred by Johannsen Max-Hermann, Caillou 24 was foaled in Germany in 2007. The grey gelding’s promising jumping career began with German rider Mirian Schneider in the saddle, and he was purchased as a seven-year old and imported to the U.S. Since then, Caillou has been brought up the ranks successfully by top U.S. rider Karl Cook, and now the pair have earned a spot in the 2020 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final in Las Vegas.
Cook and Caillou’s international level debut together in 2016 certainly made an impression. They took first, second and third places in three classes at the Tryon CSI5* in North Carolina. Since then the formidable contenders have earned top placings against the best in the world. Last October they took second place in the $210,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ qualifier at the prestigious American Gold Cup in North Salem, New York, just narrowly missing the victory behind two-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist and two-time FEI World Cup champion Beezie Madden.
Back on the West Coast, the pair beat a top field of 27 starters in the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Sacramento in front of a sold-out crowd at Rancho Murrieta, claiming the blue ribbon and Longines watch. Two weeks later, the pair took fifth place in the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ in Del Mar.
Cook and Caillou’s trip to the East Coast to compete on the 2020 winter circuit in Wellington, FL was certainly worthwhile. The pair earned top placings at the Winter Equestrian Festival in addition to eighth place in the $213,300 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Wellington at Deeridge Farms.
Cook, who has been training with Olympic veteran Eric Navet of France for over seven years, has competed at three FEI Jumping World Cup Finals (2013, 2015, 2017). As current leaders of the FEI World Cup North American Western Sub-League with 59 points, Cook and Caillou certainly look to be a strong contenders at the 2020 Final in Las Vegas.
“What’s great about Caillou, is that he’s really strong physically and he’s really sound,” said Cook. “He’s consistent and it feels good that he’s my horse. We bought him as a young horse and I brought him along so it feels like a true partnership. We did the work so it makes me feel proud to get to this point.”