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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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Haygain Ambassador Lauren Hough has the World Equestrian Games in her sights

Lauren Hough & Ohlala

Lauren Hough & Ohlala

American Olympian Lauren Hough and her show jumpers spend the majority of their year in the U.K. now, but she’d love to get back Stateside in September for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Tryon, North Carolina. A stellar 2017 with the 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare, Ohlala, placed Lauren in the U.S. ranking’s top 4, securing her spot on the United States Equestrian Team’s recently-released “short list” of riders in contention for the WEG team.

A many-time wearer of the USET’s legendary red coat, Lauren would no doubt find personal pride and pleasure in contesting a second WEG on home turf. Her first was 2010 in Kentucky with Quick Study. But giving “Lala” the showcase she deserves is perhaps the biggest driver in her current quest.

“She deserves it,” says Lauren of the petite, speedy star with whom she’s been partnered for seven years.  “She had a tremendous year and if she can stay on form, she certainly deserves the opportunity. I’m going to try not to let her down! Going to the WEG would be an honor, and it’s always nice to have the home-field advantage.”

The 15.1-hand mare has an energy level well suited for the Championship’s unique multi-day format. Initially purchased as an investment horse, the then 7-year-old Lala didn’t take long to persuade Lauren to find a way to keep her. They were big winners early in the partnership and Lala exhibited championship chops in 2015. Her consistent performances and stamina throughout that year’s Pan American Games in Ontario, Canada, helped earn individual and team bronze, the latter a requirement for the U.S.’ spot in the 2016 Olympics. Coupled with three more years of mileage, over the world’s biggest tracks, Lala’s fitness, energy, scope and speed should put her perfectly on form should their WEG hopes materialize.

Of course, there’s a lot to accomplish in the final phases of the selection process. After spending the winter on the Wellington, Florida circuit, Lauren and her horses returned to Aston Farms in Gloucestershire, England, where hacking out through grassy fields and on an inclined galloping track are a bigger part of Lala’s home life than jump schools. “She knows her job,” says Lauren. “At this stage in her life, it’s mostly about keeping her happy and fit.”

“She enjoys her downtime, but if she’s home for more than a few weeks, she gets a little bored,” Lauren laughs.

The petite yet powerful pair will contest two WEG “observation events,” CSIO5* competitions in the Netherland’s Rotterdam, in June, and in Aachen, Germany, in July.  “If we make the team, I’ll work backward from the WEG dates to make sure she’s in peak form,” the rider explains.   

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“It’s a safety measure for us,” Lauren explains. “When you’re travelling a lot, you don’t have the same hay and steaming eliminates the risk of a cough or infection coming from breathable particles. We all recognized it as very beneficial.”

As she continues her path toward the WEG, Lauren proudly carries on a family tradition of equestrian excellence. The California native’s father, Champ Hough, was a team bronze medalist at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Poland. Her mother, Linda Hough, is also a renowned horsewoman, whose Sutton Place stables produced some of the country’s most legendary hunters.

Lauren excelled in the ponies, equitation, hunters and jumper divisions as a junior, but winning the Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association Grand Prix Rookie of the Year at 15 most clearly foreshadowed her future.  In 1994, she won the USET’s Show Jumping Talent Search and she’s since more than fulfilled the potential reflected in that victory.

Ranked 37th in the world at the end of April, Lauren is a three-time Pan American Games medalist and a Team USA member for the 2000 Olympics, the 2010 World Equestrian Games, seven World Cup Finals and many, many Nations Cups. Here’s hoping the fates align for her to add September’s World Equestrian Games to that impressive resume.

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The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team Takes Silver at FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final at CSIO5* Barcelona


Barcelona, Spain – Sept. 30, 2017 – The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team finished strong on Saturday evening at the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final at CSIO5* Barcelona, claiming second over Belgium. After technical issues with one of the stadium lights that caused nearly a two-hour delay in competition start time, the U.S. team of Lauren Hough, Laura Kraut, Beezie Madden and McLain Ward proved their experience and fortitude, finishing on a mere 4 faults. The U.S. team took home third in 2016, only to climb up the podium to second in 2017.

“Last year third, this year second. It was tremendous,” said U.S. Chef d’Équipe Robert Ridland. “Beezie [Madden] is on a young horse, a new combination, and it is fabulous. Same thing with Laura [Kraut] — that is a relatively new combination and the other two [Hough and Ward], perfection. We knew we were coming with a good team. There is no question about that. We had four veteran riders out there, but the combinations themselves were relatively new, and we really couldn’t be happier.”

Hough (Wellington, Florida) and Ohlala once again served as pathfinders for the U.S. team, riding their second clear round of the competition. The Ohlala Group’s 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare put in a flawless performance after a long wait to get started. Watch their ride here.

“I’ve actually never had that happen before,” said Hough of the competition delay. “I had to get the horse ready twice, and it was a lot of sitting around. I had to stay focused without letting that nervous energy bunch up too much. [Ohlala] was absolutely perfect. I’m thrilled, I’m absolutely thrilled.”

Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, Florida) and St. Bride’s Farm’s 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding Confu had a spectacular round but dropped one rail near the beginning of the course, serving as the U.S. team’s drop score. Madden (Cazenovia, New York), with Abigail Wexner’s 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion, Darry Lou, also dropped one rail. The U.S. team sat on 4 faults, tied with Belgium, Germany and Switzerland, headed into the fourth and final round.

With just 1 time fault, the Netherlands rode prior to the U.S. team. A clear round from Harrie Smolders and Don VHP Z meant a win for the Netherlands. U.S. anchors Ward (Brewster, New York) and HH Azur would compete against the clock for second. Ward and Double H Farm and François Mathy’s 11-year-old Belgium Warmblood mare did just that, delivering their second clear round of the competition and sealing second for the U.S. team.

“It felt like Rio all over again,” said Ward. “In that situation, you fight to be the best you can be on the day — that is my job, particularly as anchor, to be able to handle that. I knew that the time was going to be the factor so I tried to think about that on my round, and Azur performed beautifully. She felt really good. She felt brilliant the other day, brilliant today, maybe even better.”

With a second position finish, Ridland says the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team will now set their sights on the FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) to be held in Tryon, North Carolina, in 2018.

“It was an unbelievably consistent week,” said Ridland. “We couldn’t be happier. This was one of our big priorities of the year. We feel we are on the right path, and at this point in time we start looking forward to WEG.”

Photo: ©Libby Law Photography

Source: Julian McPeak, US Equestrian communications department/

Team USA Captures Gold in BMO Nations Cup at Spruce Meadows


Calgary, Alta. – Sept. 9, 2017 – The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team clinched the gold medal in the BMO Nations Cup in front of more than 80,000 show jumping fans in the International Ring on Saturday during the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ CSIO5* Tournament.

The victorious U.S. team consisted of Lauren Hough, Charlie Jacobs, Lillie Keenan and Beezie Madden, led by Chef d’Équipe Robert Ridland.

Eight nations turned out for the first round of competition, where Team USA kicked things off as first in the order-of-go. Madden and Abigail Wexner’s Darry Lou produced the only clear finish of the first round, while the rest of the team incurred 4 faults each, thus concluding round one with 8 faults after dropping one 4-fault score.

The top six teams returned for round two, which included Team USA, Brazil, Belgium, France, Canada and Germany.

Sitting in third place tied with Canada and having completed Leopoldo Palacios’ enormous track once already, the U.S. horse-and-rider combinations returned for the second round of Nations Cup competition confident and ready to perform their best in order to move up in the standings. Madden and Darry Lou, Jacobs and CMJ Sporthorse LLC’s Cassinja S and Hough and Meredith Mateo’s Waterford all finished clear, while Keenan and Chansonette Farm LLC’s Fibonacci 17 collected 4 faults to be the drop score. As a result, Team USA added no faults to their name and finished round two on a total of 8 faults from round one.

In an exciting turn of events, the team from Brazil also concluded the second round of competition with 8 faults, causing Team USA and Team Brazil to face-off in a jump-off to determine the winner.

It was Madden who was chosen to represent Team USA in the jump-off. Aboard the 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion, they crossed the finish line with no faults in 39.21 seconds. Brazil’s Pedro Junqueira Muylaert and Prince Royal Z MFS followed with another clear round, but just missed Madden’s time, finishing in 39.75 seconds and propelling Team USA to the top of the podium.

Saturday’s gold medal finish was the USA’s eighth Nations Cup podium appearance at Spruce Meadows and comes just as Team USA is gearing up to head to the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final in Barcelona, Spain, at the end of the month on Sept. 28.

“For Beezie to clinch this in a jump-off is indescribable,” expressed Ridland. “My team delivered. We had to crawl up the ladder a little bit. Brazil really set the bar early on, but that’s why it’s a two round class and they did the job.”

Photo: ©Cealy Tetley


U.S. Ladies Capture First All-Female Dublin Nations Cup Victory


Team USA secured a definitive victory in the eighth and last leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2017 Europe Division 1 League in Dublin (IRL) today when producing the only zero score in a hard-fought competition. On level pegging with the Irish at the halfway stage they stood firm while their hosts lost their grip to drop to fifth behind Spain.

In the closing stages the Netherlands and France threw down a challenge, and American anchor Laura Kraut (51) was under pressure when last to go with Confu. But the double-Olympian didn’t crumble, posting the second US double-clear of the competition to seal it ahead of the runners-up from France, while the Dutch slotted into third place.

This was the first all-female team triumph in the 91-year history of Nations Cup Jumping for the world-famous Aga Khan Cup in Dublin.

“We said at the beginning of the year this was one of the shows we are bringing our “A” team to,” explained Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland. “It’s our view that the Aga Khan is the greatest trophy in our sport. And more than that there are many ways to win a Nations Cup, sometimes you get lucky, but today in my view there was no luck. These four riders did an unbelievable job!”

The time-allowed of 80 seconds proved difficult for many over Irish course-builder Tom Holden’s track, and a speedy turn to the final oxer was often costly. Beezie Madden’s (53) mistake here with her new ride Darry Lou was the American drop score in round one, but the pair got it absolutely right in round two after pathfinders Lauren Hough (40) and the brilliant mare Ohlala produced their second clear of the day and rising talent Lillie Keenan (20) made her only mistake at the first element of the penultimate double with Super Sox.

Kraut clinched it with a crisp, clear run to leave a five-fault margin between the winning U.S. side and the French in second while the points earned by the third-placed Dutch, whose final tally was just seven faults, saw them overtake Italy at the top of the Europe Division 1 leaderboard at the end of the eight-leg series.

Photo: ©Tori O'Connor