This is an exciting week for the long suffering horse audience who reads this blog (with its total lack of horse content for quite some time). I met bloggers! I went to a FEI World Cup event! My horse is on his way to California! We’ll talk about all of this soon, but today there are more pressing matters.
Y’all – we need to talk about this coat.
Karl Cook. He’s a jumper rider.
After an amazing effort in the longines Grand Prix at Thunderbird show park there is no such thing as too much appreciation. Tilly could not be saying I tried my best any more, look at her face. As with all things, the most beautiful pictures are those taken when you think no one is watching. @pomponioranch @hoofpicsphotography
He’s a foodie.
He’s dating celeb equestrian Kaley Cuoco.
And what’s most important, he has a track record of showing up to jump in big classes wearing perfectly normal attire.
See? Perfectly normal.
But when I headed to Del Mar last weekend to watch the Longines FEI World Cup, he started the course walk in this monstrosity.
Karl! Karl, no! Karl, what is this?
As best as I can tell, it’s a 5 button jacket with mixed materials of brown technical fabric we see from normal hunt coats, but with leather sleeves. There are military style buckles crossing over the front and back, and it’s longer than traditional coats.
For the walk, he paired it with what looked like a matching brown hat but when he was riding he wore a black (shudder… dude match your boots bro!) helmet.
I just have so many feelings about this coat.
If I try to give it a positive spin, I’d say it has a nod to the military background of the sport… although that’s often more for dressage than jumpers. At least it’s a conservative color? Maybe those leather buckles help keep your shoulders back for an equitation round? Maybe they’ll start making coats with leather corsets so I can finally achieve the perfect hourglass figure in my own jumper round?
I want to like the coat, but I can’t. I saw him galloping across the grass field towards an oxer and expected him to yell, BRAVEHEART! or something when he cut across the diagonal.
I felt a little bit like I was a costume party.
Let’s be clear with something — Karl is more fashionable, more famous and more talented than I will ever be… but I still can’t with the coat. Maybe someone else loves it out there. Blogland – what do you think? Is he an icon of style or a nominee for the equestrian version of What Not to Wear?