Lauren Hough and Ohlala a winning combination

03 11 2012

Lauren Hough used her style to score her second victory in row this week during the Chartis Insurance Company $50,000 International Open Jumper Speed. She piloted her own Ohlala to the fastest clear effort over Richard Jeffery's faults converted track, which included a fan jump, a stone wall, a Swedish oxer, a vertical-vertical double combination, and an oxer-vertical double combination.

Belgium's Olivier Philippaerts set the time to beat as the first to traverse the course with Fanny Machiels' Vadetta Van Het Mettenhof. They clocked in at a clear 60.53 seconds, adding no faults to their time for an eventual sixth place ribbon.

Beezie Madden managed to best him as the next in the ring with Amadora, owned by Abigail Wexner, tripping the timers at 59.60 seconds, which would hold the lead for a nine rounds, but eventually fall to third. Andrew Welles and Boo Van Het Kastanjehof, owned by Peter Welles, came close to catching Madden, but their time of 60.13 seconds would only be good enough for fourth. The fifth place award went to Christine McCrea and Zerly, owned by Candy Tribble, going late in the class and completing the course in 60.33 seconds.

Shane Sweetnam was the first to top Madden riding Spy Coast Farm's Cyklon 1083. They sped across the course leaving a huge stride out to the Swedish oxer. The pair's effort was almost good enough, breaking the beam at 59.04 seconds, for an eventual second place finish.

Lauren Hough chose to do the same inside turn to the first double combination that Sweetnam did, and despite some glitches through the ring, it proved to be the fastest track. She and Ohlala were quick and clear as they dashed through the finish in 58.76 seconds, good enough for the win. Only Nicola Philippaerts had a faster time with Diebrich De Kalvarie, owned by Stal De Kalvarie, but an unfortunate rail coming into the last combination added four seconds for a final time of 60.94 in eighth place.

Source World of Showjumping