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Lauren Hough and Casadora Faultless in $60,000 Wellington Cup Win at
Winter Equestrian Festival
PHOTO CREDIT: Lauren Hough and Casadora win Wellington Cup. Photo by
Kenneth Kraus of Phelps Media Group, Inc.
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Wellington, FL - February 5, 2006 - On a beautiful Super Sunday at the
2006 Winter Equestrian Festival, Lauren Hough and Casadora produced the
only clear round in the jump-off to ride away with the top prize in the
main event, the $60,000 Wellington Cup, presented by Carlisle, CSI 3*.
The Sunday action wrapped up the second week of competition at the nine
week long equestrian extravaganza being held at the Palm Beach Polo
Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida.
Forty-five starters took the field for the 2 p.m. kick off. Today's
scoring was FEI Art. 238.2.2, Time First Jump-Off. 2004 Athens Olympic
Course Designer Olaf Petersen of Germany designed today's challenge.
There were four clear rounds that advanced to the tiebreaker. Another
twelve competitors had a single knockdown, while nine horse and rider
combinations had two down. Twelve duos had more than eight, and eight
competitors were either eliminated or chose to withdraw.
Through the first eighteen challengers, the best score anyone could
muster was four faults, a total posted by six of those eighteen
Riding out of the nineteenth spot in today's posted order, Kimberly
Prince and Overlook Farm's Couletto K. James were the first to master
the track. They were joined five horses later by Little Big Man and
owner/rider Laura Chapot. Then quickly, three horses following that,
Lauren Hough added the Laura Mateo entry of Casadora to the jump-off
roster, and the speed phase was set when eight horses later, McLain Ward
and Sapphire from the Double H Farm became the final entry for today's
Prince and Couletto K. James returned first against the clock. Pulling a
single rail over the short course, Prince clocked in at 39.41 seconds.
Laura Chapot and Little Big Man also had four faults on their jump-off
ride, but topped Prince's time, as they raced home in 35.47 seconds to
take the lead with two to go.
Lauren Hough and Casadora were the next to challenge and were up to the
task. Opting for an efficient yet careful ride, Hough tripped the timers
in 37.84 seconds, but most importantly, without penalty.
McLain Ward and Sapphire pulled a rail coming home and slid into the
third spot with a four fault time that was not quite fast enough to
catch Chapot. Ward's finish time was 36.66 seconds.
"McLain is a very, very fast rider," explained Hough following today's
win. "That horse though maybe isn't the fastest horse in the world, so I
wanted to make sure I was clear. I knew I was a bit cautious and if he
would go clear he would probably beat my time. I took a bit of a chance
where I could," she said, "but I took my time to 10a and to the blue
oxer coming home. Thankfully, it paid off."
"She's a fantastic horse. She's a real winner," Hough said of Casadora.
"She had quite a lot of success at the end of last year and was a big
part of the Samsung Super League final win at Barcelona. I got a little
bit unlucky this fall. I kept having a lot of really nice four fault
rounds," she laughed. "I had the first fence down in the WEF Challenge
Cup on Thursday, a stupid rail, but the rest she jumped beautifully, so
I knew I was very close to her coming into form." Hough went on to
explain, "My focus with her is the World Championships later this year,
so I feel very good about her jumping so well on this field with the
selection trials coming up later this circuit. So now, I have to plan it
accordingly because she feels in form, and I don't want to do too much."
Chapot talked about her jump-off strategy following her second place
finish. "In the position I was in, going second with two very fast
horses behind me, I really had to take a chance," she admitted. "I cut
the turn a little bit and the only thing there was a little tight, and
he just caught the front rail. He tried really hard to get over it
anyway, but it just didn't work out."
Both Hough and Chapot thought today's course was a real challenge. "When
I walked it, I thought it was quite difficult," said Hough. "I didn't
think it was un-jumpable, but I thought it was a real thinking course
for the rider. There were a lot of questions in a lot of places. I
thought it was a well done course."
Chapot agreed. "I thought it was a very difficult course with a lot of
technical problems in it, and it was certainly sizable enough for this
time of the year," she said.
Hough ended with some kind words for her winning mare. "We've been
successful since we started together, and I have very high hopes for
her. She's still quite young, but I think she's a real championship
Today's $60,000 Wellington Cup is the fourth qualifying event for the
FTI Rider Challenge, a rider bonus pool for $200,000 in which the riders
receive points based on the number of riders in the seven Thursday and
seven Sunday Grand Prix events that are part of the WEF Wellington
The Kilkenny/ICH Internationale, the third week of action at the 2006
Winter Equestrian Festival, lifts off on Wednesday and features Round
Three of the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Series on Thursday and the
$60,000 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup Grand Prix, CSI 3* on Sunday.
The Internationale Cup also marks the debut of the 2006 American Grand
Prix Association (AGA) tour in South Florida. The tour's first stop was
in Jacksonville, Florida on January 21st. The AGA Grand Prix Series is
the nation's richest and longest running series of equestrian show
jumping events. In its twenty eighth year of equestrian excellence, the
AGA tour includes thirty two events in twenty two different equestrian
markets and offers over $2.5 million dollars in prize money.
Results of Class 100 $60,000 Wellington Cup CSI*** presented byCarlisle
- Gold Coast Jumper Classic Presented by Carlisle CSI*** February 5,
1 1694 LAUREN HOUGH USA CASADORA 0.00 87.22 0.00 37.84 $18000
2 2702 LAURA CHAPOT USA LITTLE BIG MAN 0.00 77.80 4.00 35.47 $13200
3 1269 MCLAIN WARD USA SAPPHIRE 0.00 83.35 4.00 36.66 $7800
DOUBLE H FARM
4 183 KIMBERLY PRINCE USA COULETTO K. JAMES 0.00 84.23 4.00 39.41 $4800
5 2756 TODD MINIKUS USA FLIER 4.00 78.94 $3600
HARRY R. GILL
6 2377 MARGIE ENGLE USA HIDDEN CREEK'S WAPINO 4.00 80.85 $3000
HIDDEN CREEK FARM
7 366 JAIME GUERRA MEX RMW POWER POINT 4.00 81.05 $2400
8 2287 MARIO DESLAURIERS CAN NAOMI 4.00 81.08 $1800
9 214 ANGELA K. MOORE USA CLAUS 4.00 82.68 $1800
10 3295 CONOR SWAIL IRL PONCHO 4.00 82.90 $1200
11 1809 ASHLEY FLEISCHHACKER USA TEMPETE V/H LINDEHOF 4.00 85.37 $1200
12 1271 ERYNN BALLARD CAN ROBIN VAN ROOSENDAEL 4.00 85.59 $1200
LOOKING BACK FARM