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July 7, 2012

Hough Wins Foal At Aachen

Lauren Hough rode Ohlala to the top of the Sparkassen Youngster Cup at the Aachen CHIO and won a foal by For Pleasure. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson/worldofshowjumping.com.

Saturday, July 7, was another great day for Lauren Hough and Ohlala (Orlando—Carrera, Cardento) in Aachen, Germany. The pair managed to repeat their winning formula from yesterday and took home the win in the Sparkassen Youngster Cup Final against 23 top competitors.

Hough and Ohlala were double clear, and as last to go in the jump-off, they managed to shave off more than a second from Philipp Weishaupt’s leading time to win the class.

“I am thrilled with her and lucky to have such a horse! We have now put a syndicate together so that I will be able to keep her, so I am also lucky to have such great owners behind me. Hopefully Ohlala will make it far in life,” said Hough after the win with a big smile on her face. Her win earned her a lovely foal by For Pleasure that she got to meet during the prize-giving ceremony, and the two really seemed to like each other.

Laura Kraut also kept up her good form today, and in the 1.50 Preis der AachenMünchener she ended second on Teirra (Tolano van het Riethof—Oldatussa, Aldatus). Kraut was clear in the first round and went on to the winning round where she stopped the clock at 50.86. As the third last rider to go, her time looked almost impossible to beat, but in the end Christian Ahlmann turned on the speed, and he took home the win as last to go.

“If her neck was a little bit longer, we might have had it,” joked Kraut. “It was a very big course and much bigger than many grand prix classes anywhere. My mare could not have done better!” Hough was also placed in the same class on Quick Study (Quick Star—Sirene de Plantro, What A Joy) after 1 time penalty.

Hough and Kraut both placed in the Best of Champions class. The men and women competed against each other in pairs in this class, and the best went on to Round 2. The American riders moved forward to the second round, but Kraut had one fence down in the second round on Belmont (Ahorn OT—Simply Irresistable, Landfriese II), while Hough had two down on the stallion Coristar (Campione—Coriana, Coriall).

 
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