Some of the world's best equestrians came out to Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC to showcase their riding skills. Thank you to Thunderbird Show Park for putting on such an amazing event!

$135,000 FEI Longines World Cup Qualifier Expo – Stanley Park Show Jumping

Hey guys!

I had the most amazing opportunity this week to watch world-class show jumpers put on a jumping demonstration at one of the most picturesque locations in the world, Stanley Park. And it’s right in my back yard! Karl Cook, Ben Asselin, and Gareth Graves took time away from their training at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, B.C., to treat us to a show right in the heart of downtown Vancouver. They will be competing at the $135,000 FEI Longines World Cup Qualifier at Thunderbird this weekend.

Rider Profiles

Karl Cook is a 27 year old California native who won the World Cup Qualifier at Tbird last year, and placed in the top 12 at the World Cup Finals in Sweden in 2013. His family owns Pomonio Ranch in Rancho Sante Fe, California. Sidenote, and totally nerdy accountant fact: Karl’s dad, Scott Cook, invented the popular tax software company, Intuit! So cool! Maybe you’ve heard of the Intuit app for personal finance planning, Mint? If not….I highly recommend giving that a download. It is a super effective tool for helping you to understand where all of your money is going every month.

Ben Asselin is a 24 year old Calgary (woot woot, Canada!) native with big aspirations. He has competed amongst the top of his class since the early 2010s, and continues to be a top competitor in FEI and other international show jumping events. In 2013, he won the 1.60m Encana Cup at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament with his trusty steed, Makavoy. Keep an eye out for Ben!

Gareth Graves of Highbury Show Stables in Edmonton, A.B. (woot woot, again!), got his start with horses in South Africa as a child. He bought his first horse at the age of 16, and has built a successful training business and show career. Gareth often does jumping clinics in BC and AB, so keep an eye out for Gareth as well!

 

 

The event started at 7am on August 23rd, which meant a 4:30am wake up for me, but it was well worth it for this once in a lifetime opportunity. I hope you enjoy the photos! I will also be at Tbird on Sunday to vlog/photograph the World Cup Qualifier. Stay Tuned!

 

Some of the world's best equestrians came out to Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC to showcase their riding skills. Thank you to Thunderbird Show Park for putting on such an amazing event!
Gareth Graves and Ben Asselin take a cruise around the Stanley Park seawall on August 23, 2017.
Some of the world's best equestrians came out to Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC to showcase their riding skills. Thank you to Thunderbird Show Park for putting on such an amazing event!
Karl Cook stops to chat after an action-packed morning in Stanley Park.
Some of the world's best equestrians came out to Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC to showcase their riding skills. Thank you to Thunderbird Show Park for putting on such an amazing event!
I mean, those dapples though. Ben Asselin. August 23rd, 2017. Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC.
Some of the world's best equestrians came out to Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC to showcase their riding skills. Thank you to Thunderbird Show Park for putting on such an amazing event!
Speechless. Gareth Graves. August 23, 2017. Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC.
Some of the world's best equestrians came out to Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC to showcase their riding skills. Thank you to Thunderbird Show Park for putting on such an amazing event!
Are those wings I see? Ben Asselin. August 23, 2017. Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC.
Some of the world's best equestrians came out to Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC to showcase their riding skills. Thank you to Thunderbird Show Park for putting on such an amazing event!
Karl Cook gives a quick riding lesson on the waterfront in Vancouver. August 23, 2017. Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC.
Some of the world's best equestrians came out to Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC to showcase their riding skills. Thank you to Thunderbird Show Park for putting on such an amazing event!
FOUR OFF THE FLOOR. Gareth Graves. August 23, 2017. Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC.

Some of the world's best equestrians came out to Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC to showcase their riding skills. Thank you to Thunderbird Show Park for putting on such an amazing event!

Some of the world's best equestrians came out to Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC to showcase their riding skills. Thank you to Thunderbird Show Park for putting on such an amazing event!
Ben Asselin. August 23, 2017. Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC.
Some of the world's best equestrians came out to Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC to showcase their riding skills. Thank you to Thunderbird Show Park for putting on such an amazing event!
Gareth Graves. August 23, 2017. Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC.
Some of the world's best equestrians came out to Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC to showcase their riding skills. Thank you to Thunderbird Show Park for putting on such an amazing event!
Ben Asselin. August 23, 2017. Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC.
Some of the world's best equestrians came out to Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC to showcase their riding skills. Thank you to Thunderbird Show Park for putting on such an amazing event!
Different lines of work! RCMP horses are not interested. Gareth Graves. August 23, 2017. Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC.
Some of the world's best equestrians came out to Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC to showcase their riding skills. Thank you to Thunderbird Show Park for putting on such an amazing event!
#squadgoals. Royal Canadian Mounted Police. August 23, 2017. Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC.
Some of the world's best equestrians came out to Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC to showcase their riding skills. Thank you to Thunderbird Show Park for putting on such an amazing event!
Gareth Graves. August 23, 2017. Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC.
Some of the world's best equestrians came out to Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC to showcase their riding skills. Thank you to Thunderbird Show Park for putting on such an amazing event!
Taking a moment to share the love with a fan! Love to see this. Gareth Graves. August 23, 2017. Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC.
Some of the world's best equestrians came out to Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC to showcase their riding skills. Thank you to Thunderbird Show Park for putting on such an amazing event!
VANCOUVER how are you so BEAUTIFUL? August 23, 2017. Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC.
Some of the world's best equestrians came out to Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC to showcase their riding skills. Thank you to Thunderbird Show Park for putting on such an amazing event!
Golden hour. Ben Asselin. August 23, 2017. Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC.
Some of the world's best equestrians came out to Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC to showcase their riding skills. Thank you to Thunderbird Show Park for putting on such an amazing event!
Being present. Gareth Graves. August 23, 2017. Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC.

 

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