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Waterford Jumps to Podium Finish in €300,000 Rolex Grand Prix at Stephex Masters

   Photo © Pierre Costabadie/Scoopdyga

Photo © Pierre Costabadie/Scoopdyga

Waterford delivered two clear rounds to finish third in the €300,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI5* presented by Audi at the Stephex Brussels Masters.

The CSI5* 1.60m Rolex Grand Prix presented by Audi could not have been scripted much better. Held on September 2, it was exceptionally warm for early autumn, and people flocked to watch world-class sport at Stephex Stables in Belgium.

It was no easy course that Uliano Vezzani had built for Sunday’s Grand Prix. Big and wide, the first-round track claimed its fair share of victims and in the end, only six entries out of the initial 47 in the competition advanced to the jump-off.

USA’s Lauren Hough gave it a good go, and was clear on her 15-year-old Waterford (Coolcorron Cool Diamond x Julio Mariner xx) in 44.52 seconds, which held for a top-three finish.

“He is not the quickest horse in the world,” Hough said of her partner Waterford. “I thought I had a good shot to the second last—perhaps I didn’t take every risk to the last fence—but I’m thrilled with my result and to be sitting here today. I have been coming here to the Brussels Stephex Masters since the first year, and I think this is one of the best shows there is—it is a real highlight. I think every year, Stephan improves the small details, and I am really honoured I get to come to this show.”

—text via edited press release

Absolhut Wins Old Lodge International 7 & 8 Year Old Championship CSIYH1* Class At Hickstead

The BHS Royal International Horse Show is off to a strong start for Team Hough with a win in the Old Lodge International 7 & 8 Year Old Championship CSIYH1* class. Absolhut (Quick Star x Ramiro) jumped a fast clear in the 8-year-old section to take top honors with Lauren Hough in the irons.

Competition continues through the weekend at the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead. Hough's string at the show includes Waterford, Papa Roach, and Kassiodam, in addition to Thursday's winner, Absolhut.

Lauren Hough and Waterford Jump To A Top-Two Finish In Glock's 5* Grand Prix

 Ph. Cedric Vlemmings/GHPC

Ph. Cedric Vlemmings/GHPC

Three Olympic winners, three World Champions, four World Cup winners, six European Champions and twenty-five riders from among the current top 100 in the world were more than pleased to spend three days (June 8-10) at the Glock Horse Performance Center. With prize money totaling 345,000 euros, the Glock’s 5* Grand Prix stood as the crowning glory of the event. At stake, alongside the substantial prize money, were important points for the World Ranking as well as the chance to fulfill qualification criteria for the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon and the 2019 European Championships.

In the exciting first round over 1.60m, ten participating duos qualified for the jump-off through penalty-free rounds.

At the end of the day, the USA claimed the top two spots on the podium with Beezie Madden taking the win followed by Lauren Hough.

The twice team gold medallist at the Pan American Games current no. 42 in the world, Hough, piloted the 15-year-old KWPN gelding Waterford in the pouring rain.

Int. jumping competition with jump-off (1.60 m)
Competition counts for LONGINES Ranking
Qualifier for the WEG 2018 & EU CH 2019 (certificates of Capability)

1. Coach - Madden, Elizabeth (USA) 0/49.21
2. Waterford - Hough, Lauren (USA) 0/50.08
3. Sterrehof’s Calimero - Houtzager, Marc (NED) 0/50.23
4. H&M Indiana - Baryard-Johnsson, Malin (SWE) 0/50.99
5. Rahmannshof Tic Tac - Jufer, Alain (SUI) 0/51.71
6. GLOCK’s Cognac Champblanc - Schröder, Gerco (NED) 0/52.79
7. Connery - Moneta, Luca Maria (ITA) 0/53.24
8. Sirene de la Motte - Modolo Zanotelli, Marlon (BRA) 8/49.17
9. Chianti’s Champion - Schuttert, Frank (NED) 8/50.77
10. Clenur - O’Connor, Cian (IRL) 8/55.19
11. Dsarie - Mändli, Beat (SUI) 1/82.03
12. Catwalk IV - Whitaker, Robert (GBR) 4/77.54

Ohlala Sidelined with Injury for Remainder of 2018 Season

My team and I would like to inform you all that Ohlala has sustained an injury that will take her out of competition for the remainder of this year. Her prognosis is very good, and we expect that, with time and good rehabilitation, she will be back to the top sport next season. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fantastic owners for their support and understanding. We will be back!

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