fter spending her summer in Europe, Lauren Hough and Quick Study made quite an impression upon their return to the United States at this year’s 129th Annual Alltech National Horse show in Lexington, Kentucky. The pair beat the field of 14-horses jump-off with a speedy double clear to win the $75,000 Double H Farm International Open Jumper class. Ireland’s Richie Moloney landed into second place position aboard Slieveanorra, while Kent Farrington and Venus ended up in third place.
Making his first appearance in the United States since the spring, Quick Study looked in top form, after the summer across the Atlantic.
“My horse has a severe right drift, so I sort of made a last minute adjustment in the first line and Quick Study was good to clear the second jump,” admitted Hough. “It set up my turn well to that second vertical. I was quite quick from the double onwards; I think that is where I made up time. I think it was quite close.”
“At this stage in his life, Quick Study is quite rideable; he used to be a handful. We know each other quite well at this point, and I am thankful to have him. I have had a run of unlucky streak of four fault rounds this summer. The last show in Europe was in Vienna. We made the second round, but had the first jump down in second round. He’s been knocking on the door, I just had to stay patient and not change anything. Last week he hung out with Joe Fargis in Middleburg, Virginia, for the week. He’s a pretty easy keeper these days; we keep him fit and happy” said Lauren.
$75,000 Double H Farm International Open Jumper
1 OHLALA – LAUREN HOUGH
2 SLIEVEANORRA – RICHIE MOLONEY
3 VENUS – KENT FARRINGTON
4 NOPUS DU GUE JOUBERT – HILLARY SIMPSON
5 PALM SUNDAY – AARON VALE
6 UNEX TIMO IV – TIM GREDLEY
7 DENVER VAN T GOEMANSHOT – OLIVIER PHILIPPAERTS
8 WATCH ME VD MANGELAAR – MATT WILLIAMS
9 ROYCE – MARGIE ENGLE
10 ROCKY W – KAITLIN CAMPBELL