U.S. Olympian Lauren Hough Wins $100,000 Nat' Horse Show Jumper
FL Defending champion Lauren Hough of Wellington outdueled
1992 individual bronze medalist Norman Dello Joio to capture first
place in the $100,000 National Horse Show Jumper Championship
on the final day of the 119th annual National Horse Show Sunday
at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club.
Hough, a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, maneuvered 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. Dello
Joio, aboard Glasgow, a 12-year-old chesatnut warmblood gelding,
knocked down the fourth fence in the jump-off and also had four
time faults, finishing in 48.98 seconds.
very difficult going first in a two-horse jump-off, especially
with Norman behind you, said Hough, who won last years
event aboard Windy City. Clasiko is not a very fast horse,
but hes been going great. I think hes just coming
into his own.
This was the first time The National was held at an outdoor venue.
The National Horse Show was previously held at Madison Square
Garden in New York City from 1883 through 2001 (except for 1989-1995
at the Meadowlands in New Jersey) before moving to Wellington
for the 2002 edition.
More than 50,000 spectators attended the six-day show, watching
hunters, jumpers and dressage competitions and a ladies sidesaddle
exhibition as well as an attempt to set a new high jump record.
exceeded our most optimistic projections, said Gene Mische,
Chairman of The National Horse Show, who was responsible for bringing
the event to Wellington. The community showed its overwhelming
support. The crowds were knowledgeable and enthusiastic and the
competitors responded. I think this was a tremendous success.
Mische is looking forward to having The National Horse Show back
to Wellington during the last week in November in 2003.
National Horse Show Jumper Championship
Clasiko/Lauren Hough, Wellington, FL/Clasiko Group/0-0-42.08/$30,000
2. Glasgow/Norman Dello Joio, Wellington, FL/ Glasgow Group/ 0-8-48.98/$22,000
3. Farrah/ McLain Ward, Brewster, NY/ Harry Gill & McLain
T4. Nonix Le Parc/ Aaron Vale, Rembert, SC/ Millstream
T4. Hidden Creeks Jones/ Margie Engle, Wellington, FL/ Hidden
T4. Puma/ Beezie Madden, Cazenovia, NY/ Athlone Partners
T4. Grand Soso 2/ Laura Linback, Mundilen, IL/ Woodrun Farm
T4. Bergerac/ Kim Frey, Middleburg, VA/ K. Miracle & Overlook
T4. Paloma/ Leslie Howard, Westport, CT/ Jane F. Clark