Articles: Press Release
USET Names Lauren Hough November Athlete of the Month
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Gladstone, NJ-December 4, 2002-Sydney Olympian Lauren Hough of
Wellington, FL was named United States Equestrian Team (USET) Athlete of
the Month for November for winning the $100,000 National Horse Show
Jumper Championship on the final day of the 119th annual National Horse
Show in Wellington, FL. The Championship was a qualifying class helping
to determine which U.S. show jumpers will earn the right to compete at
the 2003 Budweiser World Cup Final next April in Las Vegas, NV.
Hough maneuvered her 2000 Sydney Olympic mount Clasiko, a 12-year-old
brown Holsteiner gelding, to his first grand prix victory, going clear
in the jump-off round in 42.08 seconds, beating out 1992 Olympic
individual Bronze Medalist Norman Dello Joio who finished second with a
time of 48.98 seconds on Glasgow.
"It's very difficult going first in a two-horse jump-off, especially
with Norman behind you," said Hough, who won last year's Grand Prix at
the National Horse Show aboard Windy City. "Clasiko is not a very fast
horse, but he's been going great."
The United States Equestrian Team is a non-profit organization that selects,
trains, equips and finances equestrians of the highest possible standard to
represent our country in major international competition, including the
Olympic Games and the World Championships. To accomplish this the USET seeks
out and nurtures the development of talented athletes - riders, drivers and
horses - and provides the support and guidance they need to help them attain
their fullest potential. For more information on the USET, please call
(908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.