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Paloma Jumps To Top 3 Finish In $72,000 NetJets Classic CSIO5*

Photo by Alden Corrigan Media for The Competitive Equestrian

Photo by Alden Corrigan Media for The Competitive Equestrian

During the penultimate day of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ USA week at the CP Palm Beach Masters CSIO5*, presented by Suncast, a field of 25 international competitors took to the grass at Deeridge Farms for the $72,000 NetJets Classic.

Paloma jumped two nice rounds to finish on the podium at 3rd.

“Paloma is a new ride for me,” said Hough. “She is a very quick horse and she has been successful with other riders. I wanted to take a shot . Hopefully we have a great future together.”

#AskHough: Do you have any advice for handling anxiety at shows?

Photo by Tiffany van Halle

Photo by Tiffany van Halle

The first question in the Q&A #AskHough series is: Do you have any advice for handling anxiety at shows?

I think practice and repetition always help. Horses can always sense anxiety or nervousness. If you would like your horse to be calm for an important competition, you have to have calmness within you because you don’t want your horse to feel your anxiety. Try to think, "What's best for my horse?" Yes, we all have nerves, but you can learn to channel those into being focused.

Lauren Hough Earns Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Title for Winter Equestrian Festival Week 2

Photo by Sportfot

Photo by Sportfot

U.S. Olympian Lauren Hough was presented with the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award on Saturday night, January 19, during the second week of competition at the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) running through March 31, 2019, in Wellington, FL.

Hough piloted a new mount, Valinski S, to win the $36,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 2 CSI2* earlier in the week before placing second in the $72,000 NetJets Grand Prix CSI2* during Saturday Night Lights. Her two top finishes aboard the 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Wyndmont helped Hough to secure the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award for WEF 2.

“It’s certainly a great way to start off the circuit,” said Hough, who was presented with a bottle of champagne, bouquet of flowers, and gift certificate to a shopping spree at Hunt, Ltd. for the title. “Martha offering this provides a bit more incentive for us. She gives us really nice gifts, and we’re most grateful for it. It’s nice to see that there are a lot of women riding at this level, with almost half the class tonight being women. It’s an honor and I applaud Martha for supporting this award for many years.”

A Top Two Finish For Lauren Hough And Valinski S In $72,000 NetJets Grand Prix CSI2*

Photo by Ryley Ingram/Phelps Sports

Photo by Ryley Ingram/Phelps Sports

Week Two of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) hosted the first international grand prix of the 12-week circuit on Saturday evening. The International Arena saw 44 combinations turn out to compete under the lights over course designer Oscar Soberon’s technical tracks. Eight horses and athletes cleared the 13-fence first round track to advance to the jump-off.

Following their win on Wednesday in the WEF Challenge Cup II, Lauren Hough and Valinski S made another podium finish, jumping to second, behind Canada’s Mario Deslauriers.

“He was fantastic all week,” said Hough of her partner Valinski S. “I am so grateful to have the ride. He’s a wonderful horse who has been wonderful to so many riders. As I left after my round in the jump-off, I knew I had left the door open a touch. I slowed down quite a bit to the double after going very fast the other day. I felt a touch on the flat side so I didn’t take every risk there. Mario had a super round and his horse has a very big stride. I couldn’t be happier with him.”

“Ronnie Beard and Michael Dorman have been very good friends of my family for many years,” Hough continued. “I did ride the horse four years ago for a brief time but when I went back to Europe, they went in a different direction. I have always followed him, and they rang me in the fall and asked if I could start to ride some horses for them this winter. With Ohlala hurt—I left her in Europe for the winter—it really fit nicely and I am just honored that they asked me. I am really enjoying riding him. He’s just a fantastic little campaigner. We might do the 3* next week and then I will give him a little bit of a break.”