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Hough and Dello Joio best at WIHS Friday

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Ohlala and Lauren Hough. © Shawn McMillen PhotographyLauren Hough (USA) and Ohlala were the winners in the $32,000 International Open Jumper 1.50m faults converted class, sponsored by Sleepy P Ranch, as part of the evening competition on Friday.Nineteen entries jumped the course, and Hough and Ohlala cleared the obstacles in a blazing fast time of 46.82 seconds for the win. 
Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) and Stal de Kalvarie’s Diebrich de Kalvarie cleared the course just a fraction behind in 46.88 seconds to place second. Kent Farrington (USA) and Zafira jumped clear in 46.90 seconds for the third place prize.

Ohlala is an eight-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare by Orlando x Cardento that Hough purchased one year ago, and the pair has excelled. “She came with the name. I bought her from some people in Sweden who have owned her since she was born and it suits her perfectly,” Hough remarked. “She has had a very good year. She was the best young horse in Aachen and in Hamburg this year. She won the young horse finals and had some good placings in some 1.50m classes. “At the end of her eight-year-old year she is quite advanced, so she is just making that step up,” Hough said. “She is a naturally fast horse, so I didn’t even feel like I let it all out today. I just sort of let her go in her rhythm. She makes riding very easy.”

Ohlala will step up to jump her first big grand prix and first FEI World Cup Qualifier tomorrow night in the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix CSI 3*-W, presented by Events DC. Hough feels that tonight’s win was good preparation for the challenge.
 “I have very, very high hopes for her,” Hough stated. “She’s small, but she doesn’t know she’s small. She’s just at the brink of making that step and so far she has answered every question.”

Hough has been showing at WIHS since she was a kid and has a personal tie to the show. She explained, “I grew up riding here on small ponies a long, long time ago. I haven’t been here in a few years and it is lovely to be back in the city. (WIHS President) Juliet Reid is a good friend of mine; I have known her for years and I am very proud of what she’s done here at the horse show.”

Dello Joio (USA) rode WembleyZemilion and Nick Dello Joio. © Shawn McMillen Photography Farms, Inc.’s Zemilion to victory in the $10,000 International Open Jumper 1.40m faults converted class, sponsored by Louisburg Farm, earlier in the day. Last to go out of 14 entries, Dello Joio and Zemilion jumped fast and clear to finish on 52.06 seconds. For the win, they were presented the General Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by the late Arthur J. Morris.
 Aaron Vale (USA) and Wodka L, owned by Thinks Like a Horse, finished clear with a time of 52.23 seconds to place second. Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Sweet Oak Farm’s Solerina cleared the course in 52.33 seconds to earn the third place prize.

Zemilion is an eight-year-old KWPN gelding by Emilion x Voltaire. Dello Joio just started riding him at the end of the summer and explained that they are just getting to know each other. “He is a new horse and he’s green,” Dello Joio stated. “I was using this indoor circuit as just an experience for him, hoping that next year and the following years he will be able to do the bigger events competitively. It is just great for him to learn to go fast inside. Today’s course was perfect and I felt super with him today; it suited him. “He is a careful horse. He is a bit slow off the ground, so in order to go fast with him you just have to use his stride and play to his strengths,” Dello Joio added. "I had him in Harrisburg too. I am just getting to know him. Some classes were up, some classes were down. We are just building a relationship. I need to figure him out and he needs to figure me out.”

This is Dello Joio’s first win at the Washington International Horse Show, but he had a second place finish in one of the ROLEX FEI world ranking classes last year.
 “I love Washington; I think it is one of the best shows we have in our country,” he noted. “I like the atmosphere, the way it’s run, just the feel of it being in a big city; it beats every other show I think.

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Source: press release from WIHS by Jennifer Wood Media Inc.

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