Karl Cook and Basimodo take the $75,000 Sunshine Series Grand Prix

Thermal, CA (November 2, 2014): With an enthusiastic crowd in attendance at HITS Desert Horse Park, Karl Cook and Basimodo won Saturday’s $75,000 Sunshine Series Grand Prix. Suspense grew amongst spectators as four entered the jump off, but Cook was confident in his partner, knowing the best was yet to come.

“I loved how Basimodo rode tonight.  He has a lot of promise ahead of him,” said Cook, a Woodside, California native. “He’s pretty impressive for an 8-year-old.”

“The course was big enough and tough enough but certainly ride-able,” Cook continued. “Jump Four was the tough one – a big vertical liverpool riding straight into the jumbo screen took all of us a little by surprise.”

Ken Krome, the course designer, seemed equally pleased with his course, that yielded four clear rounds out of 28 starters. “I felt it was quite a good class. Of course, a designer gets a little worried that there might be too many or too few for a jump-off but this class was perfect in that aspect,” said Krome.  “The course had everything–a narrow jump, a wall, and then the triple. It was an equal test for everyone and a nice lead into next week’s World Cup Qualifier class.”

All four riders in the jump-off were clean, with Cook taking advantage of his last-to-go spot.  Rich Fellers of Wilsonville, Oregon, led off the timed round, piloting HTH Crazy for Crown to 40.79 seconds. With a time of 41.21 seconds, Jill Blunt and Udam of Lake Stevens, Washington, took third while Liubov Kochetova of Wellington, Florida, rode to fourth aboard Urus 2 with a time of 41.66 seconds.

-Kathy Hobstetter for HITS, Inc.

©ESI Photography

(C) ESI Photography Karl Cook and Basimodo on their way to win the $75,000 Sunshine Series Grand Prix at National Sunshine Series Week I.
$75,000 Sunshine Series Grand Prix
Place Horse Owner Rider Prize Rd. 1 Fault J/O Fault J/O Time
1 Basimodo Signe Ostby Karl Cook 24750 0 0 38.53
2 HTH Crazy for Crown Chapman and Hinson Rich Fellers 15,000 0 0 40.79
3 Udam Jill Blunt Jill Blunt 11,250 0 0 41.21
4 Urus 2 Liubov Kochetova Liubov Kochetova 7,500 0 0 41.66
5 Cippolini VD Gasthoeve Valleyfield Farm Ellicia Edgar 4,500 1
6 Juncal Woodgrove Farm Guillermo Obligado 3375 1
7 Son of a Gun Forest View Farm Inc John Pearce 2250 4
8 Cassiato Oak Park Group LLC Harley Brown 1875 4
9 Geledimar Monarch International Hannah Von Heidegger 1500 4
10 Raging Bull Vangelis S Nayel Nassar Nayel Nassar 1500 4
11 Charly High Voltage Farms LLC Joie Gatlin 750 4
12 Casseur de Prix Granville Equine Jenni McAllister 750 4+

About HITS, Inc.
HITS, Inc. produces high-quality, international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS has been producing shows since 1982 and is now a nationwide company with world-class circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia.

While hosting the richest weekend in show jumping at HITS-on-the-Hudson, HITS also formed the Triple Crown of Show Jumping. This includes the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix, presented by Mortgage Call, in Thermal, California, the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala, Florida and Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix, presented by Wells Fargo, in Saugerties, New York.

For more information and a complete schedule of classes and events, visit www.HitsShows.com. Stay connected with HITS, join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.