U.S. show jumper Lauren Hough sustained a knee injury on Jan. 24 from a fall while schooling a horse at her Wellington, Fla., stables. Hough, 40, served on the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games team and the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games teams and has jumped in six World Cup Finals. She rode Ohlala to team and individual bronze at the 2015 Pan American Games (Toronto).
Hough plans to undergo minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to repair a minor meniscus tear on Feb. 3. Meniscal tears are very common in sports-related injuries, but luckily, they can be easily and successfully treated. Recovery from arthroscopic meniscal tear surgery is relatively quick, and Hough plans to return to the competition ring in three to four weeks.
“During the next few weeks I’ll continue to coach my group of students who are currently competing at [the Winter Equestrian Festival (Fla.)], and work with my team to keep all of my horses in work as I prepare for an exciting season to come,” Hough said.