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Casadora and Lauren Hough Rebound for First Round Win in World Equestrian Games Trials

Written by: Jenny Ross Koning
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2006-03-21


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PHOTO CREDIT: Lauren Hough and Casadora. PHOTO BY: Ken Braddick/HorseSport USA.

Casadora and Lauren Hough Rebound for First Round Win in World Equestrian Games Trials

Wellington, FL – March 21, 2006 – The first class of five World Equestrian Games (WEG) Selection Trials was held today for Show Jumping at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida, with 24 entries competing over the course designed by Leopoldo Palacios-Jugo. Although obstacles towered at 1.50m to 1.60m in height, the most challenging factor for today’s round was the tight time allowed of 90 seconds.

Held under FEI Table A Article 238.1.1, the class allowed each rider to compete with two horses, and the time taken on course broke ties for today’s placings and prize money distribution. For the WEG selection process, faults are cumulative throughout the trials, and the time on course is not a determining factor. The 2006 World Equestrian Games will be held in Aachen, Germany, on August 20th through September 3rd.

Out of today’s pool of riders, only three completed the course without jumping penalties; however, these three competitors all acquired one time fault. Three riders had no time faults, but suffered with four jumping penalties. Today’s victory gallop was led by Lauren Hough and Casadora, who finished with no jumping faults, but had one time fault and a time on course of 91.05 seconds.

“The course was difficult,” commented Hough after her win. “I think it was pretty obvious to most people that the footing played a factor. I think that’s going to play a factor all week, and the time allowed was also very difficult. My horse is a fast horse…I wanted to play it a little bit safe today, and I knew that going around [fence 8ab to get to 5], I’d have to be quite fast to stay close to the time allowed. You had to go everywhere.”

When asked what the most challenging part of the course was, she reported, “For me, the toughest part was after the water, to the option. I was really strong to the water jump, and I didn’t want to come in there too fast, so that became the hardest rideability thing for me. But Leopoldo is very clever; it’s just little things here and there that keep you on your toes. You couldn’t really let down anywhere, and I’m sure it’s only going to get harder from here on out.”

Hough remarked about her technique on course today, “There wasn’t really any particular spot I thought, ‘Ok, I can be really fast here.’ I just sort of set a rhythm in the beginning and left out strides from 2 to 3 to 4a. She’s a fast horse naturally, so I thought, ‘I really cannot take a deep breath anywhere. I just have to be neat and keep my turns short,’ and it worked out well.”

“I was more relieved that I got that round over with because of what I’ve been through with the horse for the last three days,” said Hough. “On Friday morning, my horse came down with a viral infection and a temperature of 105. It was a stressful few days,” she explained. “The fact that we’re here- I’m thrilled. I’m just so happy that she’s healthy. I have a great team. This win is just icing on the cake. She knows her job, and I just tried to keep her feeling as fresh as possible.”

For the World Equestrian Games selection process, Hough and Casadora are currently tied with Nona Garson and Languster, owned by Ryan Automotive and Nona Garson. The duo competed first in the class and crossed the finish line in a time of 91.82, acquiring just one time fault. Margie Engle aboard Quervo Gold, owned by the Wyndhusrt Stable, clocked in at 92.08 seconds, also adding one time fault to her clear jumping round.

Sally Ike, Managing Director of High Performance Show Jumping for the United States Equestrian Federation, explained that the course designer intentionally chose a challenging time allowed in order to emulate the first leg of the championships, which are held as Table C speed rounds. She continued to explain the selection process, “A short list of ten horse and rider combinations will be named on Sunday morning. Six of those will be determined from the rankings of the trials.” She further explained, “Then we have selectors, Frank Chapot, Mike Endicott, Lisa Jacquin, and Eric Hasbrouck, the alternate selector, who will consult with Chef d’Equipe George Morris and make a recommendation for the four wild cards. Two of the wild cards have already been given to Beezie Madden and Authentic and McLain Ward and Sapphire. On Sunday, we will name the other eight combinations.”

The second WEG Selection Trial will be held on Wednesday, March 22, at 12:00 p.m. in the Internationale Arena. The third trial will be held on March 23rd, and Trials Four and Five will begin at noon on Saturday, March 25th.

Results of Class 1 USEF World Equestrian Games Selection Trial #1:

1.Casadora, Lauren Hough: 1/ 91.05

Laura Mateo

2. Languster, Nona Garson: 1/ 91.82

Ryan Automotive and Nona Garson

3. Quervo Gold, Margie Engle: 1/ 92.08

Wyndhurst Stables

4. Couletto K. James, Kimberly Prince: 4/ 87.67

Overlook Farm

5. Ilian, Schuyler Riley: 4/ 89.18

South Beach Stables

6. Roxana 112, Anne Kursinski: 4/ 89.80

Scott Hakim

7. Hidden Creek’s Wapino, Margie Engle: 5/ 91.00

Hidden Creek Farm

8. Promised Land, Christina McCrea: 5/ 91.11

Candy Tribble and Windsor Show Stables

9. Desilvio, Beezie Madden: 5/ 91.47

Abigail S. Wexner

10. Miss Independent, Laura Kraut: 5/ 91.90

Miss Independent Group

11. Lorenzo, Anne Kursinski: 6/ 94.70

Market Street

12. Armani, Jeffery Welles: 6/ 95.50

Kimmel Yager Equine LLC

13. Riviera, Georgina Bloomberg: 7/ 99.11

Gotham Enterprizes

14. Neuville, Molly Ashe: 9/ 91.20

Jane F. Clark

15. Quilano De Kalvarie, Cara Raether: 9/ 91.23

Trelawny Farm

16. Anthem, Laura Kraut: 9/ 91.74

Summit Syndicate

17. Cim Christo, Georgina Bloomberg: 10/ 94.31

Gotham Enterprizes

18. Qarco V’T Merelsnest, Robin Sweely: 10/ 95.91

Acorn Hill Farm

19. Nottingham, Schuyler Riley: 10/ 96.05

South Beach Stable

20. Discovery, Robin Sweely: 10/ 97.35

Acorn Hill Farm

21. Coco Cabana, Candice King: 13/ 92.86

Louisburg Farm

22. Tarco, Candice King: 15/ 98.47

Joan Kalman

23. Clasiko, Lauren Hough: 16/ 103.21

Clasiko Group

24. Poleander, Cody Baird: 41/ 122.94

October Farm

PHOTO CREDIT: Lauren Hough and Casadora. PHOTO BY: Ken Braddick/HorseSport USA.


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