Only Two Qualifiers Left Before $100,000 Championship at 2020 Burlington Capital International Omaha
Karl Cook, of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, and E'Special P.S. galloped into the winner's circle after beating 42 entries to clinch the $25,000 1.40m InIt2WinIt Speeding Jumping Series qualifier presented by the Omaha Equestrian Foundation (OEF).
Held during the Las Vegas National Horse Show CSI3*-W in Las Vegas, NV, on November 15, the competitive class was the fourth of six qualifiers in the InIt2WinIt Series this year, which allows four finalists a chance to compete in the $100,000 InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series Final at the 2020 Burlington Capital International Omaha in April.
Karl Cook and E'Special P.S. (photo: Andrew Ryback)
The class was a faults-converted format, meaning an additional four seconds were added per rail incurred on course. Cook and his talented 10 year-old Dutch Warmblood mare dominated the course. They took an inside turn to fence number five and left out a stride in the last line to stop the timers in an unbeatable blazing time of 56.266 seconds, almost a second faster than second placed Christian Heineking and Cento Blue, who had led for much of the competition after jumping clear in 57.162 seconds.
Click here to watch the video of Cook and Heineking side by side
American rider Keri Potter and Jiminy Cricket, also had a fault-free round, finishing in a time of 57.405 seconds to take third place. Germany's Mathis Schwentker and Quind stopped the clock clean in 57.644 - within milliseconds of Heineking and Potter - to ultimately take fourth place. All four riders are now qualified for the Final.
Winners Karl Cook and E'Special P.S. (photo: Andrew Ryback)
The InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series is comprised of six 1.40-meter speed jumping events sanctioned by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and is designed to showcase national riders in the Midwest.
The two remaining qualifying events in the 2019-2020 InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series are:
January 17: National Western Stock Show, Denver, CO
April 3: Royal Winter Fair, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
The thrilling $100,000 InIt2Winit Championship will be held during the 2020 Burlington Capital International Omaha on Friday, April 10 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska, home of the highly acclaimed 2017 FEI World Cup™ Finals, and now home to the 2023 FEI World Cup™ Finals!
Qualified Finalists for the $100,000 InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series Final include:
Great Southwest Equestrian Center Fall Classic:
Julie Cleveland Beam
Minnesota Harvest Horse Show:
Lisa Goldman-Smolen with Hindsight*
Karen Cudmore with Coneja*
Las Vegas National Horse Show:
How to Qualify
Riders qualify by placing in the top four (4) at any one of the six Qualifying Events of the Series. If any or all of the top four (4) placed riders of a Qualifying Event have already qualified, the next rider in order will qualify. A rider need not compete in all events to qualify. *Qualified riders may enter up to two horses in the Championship; however, each horse must have competed in one of the six Qualifying Events of the Series. A wild card will also be awarded from each of the qualifying events, along with Wild Cards given by Omaha Equestrian.
About the Omaha Equestrian Foundation
The Omaha Equestrian Foundation (OEF), a 501(c) 3, that hosts and educates Midwest spectators about equine sport. Omaha Equestrian hosted the acclaimed 2017 FEI World Cup™ Finals in jumping and dressage and hosts the annual Burlington Capital International Omaha, a nationally sanctioned show jumping and dressage experience. Each year, International Omaha hosts students on free field trips to learn about animals, STEM and careers in the animal health industry; some 4,500 students attended in 2019.OEF created and oversees the InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series, which is designed to give riders from the Midwest more opportunities to compete at a higher level while staying in the region.
For more information about the Burlington Capital International Omaha or the Init2Winit Speed Jumping Series, please visit www.OmahaEquestrian.com.