Thursday's busy competition schedule also featured a $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class with the roster of top finishers including Lauren Hough (USA) and Ohlala, Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and HH Let's Fly, and Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Wang Chung M2S. Course designer Alan Wade saw 52 entries with 16 clear rounds for the one round speed class.
Once again, the rounds got faster and faster as some of the best went late in the line-up. Lauren Hough and The Ohlala Group's Ohlala were the winners with their typically fast time of 56 seconds flat. The success adds to a long list of FEI world ranking wins for the pair, including a top finish in this same class during week nine as well as a win in last week's $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m speed class.
Rodrigo Pessoa and Double H Farm's HH Let's fly finished second in Thursday's round with their time of 56.31 seconds. Last week's winner, Wang Chung M2S, owned by Morningside Stud and Torrey Pines Stable and ridden by Eric Lamaze, finished third in 56.68 seconds.
For Lauren Hough and Ohlala, it was once again a smooth and easy gallop to the win.
"I went late, and there are a lot of fast horses, but I think mine just happens to be the fastest," Hough declared. "She just looks for the jumps and she doesn't spend a lot of time in the air. I even slowed up to the last and I thought that might have caught up with me, but once she cleared (b) she was like a torpedo through the timers. I say it time and time again, she makes my job easy. She just loves to compete and she loves to win."
"I thought it was cleverly built today," Hough said of the course. "It was probably more of a real 1.45m than what we have jumped in the last couple of weeks. That is good for her because it backs her up a little bit. I thought it asked plenty of questions and there were some good rollbacks and some good long runs. I really like Alan Wade as a course builder a lot."
Final Results: $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Speed
1. OHLALA: 2003 Swedish Warmblood mare by Orlando x Cardento
LAUREN HOUGH (USA), The Ohlala Group: 0/56.00
2. HH LET'S FLY: 1999 Hanoverian gelding by Lordanos x Forrest
RODRIGO PESSOA (BRA), Double H Farm: 0/56.31
3. WANG CHUNG M2S: 2003 KWPN stallion by Royal Bravour x Ahorn
ERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Morningside Stud & Torrey Pines Stable: 0/56.68
4. LIGIST: 2000 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Levantos II x Robin Z
REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 0/56.93
5. CYKLON 1083: 2001 Swedish Warmblood stallion by Cardento x Cortus
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm: 0/56.99
6. DOMINGO: 2003 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Brownboy
DANIEL DEUSSER (GER), Stephex Stables: 0/58.13
7.QUIET EASY 4: 2004 Oldenburg gelding by Quidams Rubin x Zapateado
BEN MAHER (GBR), Mrs. Phillips: 0/58.90
8.WOODSTOCK O: 2003 KWPN gelding by Hors La Loi x Ferro
LAURA KRAUT (USA), Joan Kalman/Freedom Group: 0/59.24
9. GRACIELLA 50: 2002 Hanoverian mare by Graf Top x Watzmann
SAER COULTER (USA), Copernicus Stables LLC: 0/60.82
10.LA CENTA: 2002 Oldenburg mare by Cento x Silvio I
LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms, LLC: 0/62.96
11.AL CALYPSO: 2002 Hanoverian gelding by Askari x Calypso II
SAMUEL PAROT (CHI), Samuel Parot: 0/63.77
12. LINES 41: 2002 Westphalian gelding by Larenco x Polydor
ALONSO VALDEZ PRADO (BRA), Alonso Valdez Prado: 0/65.58
Source: Lauren Fisher and Laura Cardon for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
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