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Lauren Hough's Ohlala retires from the sport

Wednesday, 05 June 2019

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. Lauren Hough with Ohlala. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

Lauren Hough has announced the retirement of her top horse Ohlala (Orlando x Cardento). The retirement comes a year after the now 15-year-old mare sustained an injury and was given a break from competition.

The pair has countless of victories to look back at, from venues such as Birmingham, Bolesworth, Calgary, Geneva, La Coruna, Lexington, London, Maastricht, Washington, Wellington and Wiesbaden – as well as jumping several clear Nations Cup rounds for Team US throughout their time together. Hough and Ohlala were also individual and team bronze medallists at the Pan American Games in Caledon, Ontario, in 2015. 

On her official Instagram account, Hough writes: 

"I would like to announce the end of Ohlala’s sporting career and the beginning of a new chapter of her life to focus on breeding. She is in very good health and very happy, but I just didn’t think that she would make it again to the very top of the sport with her injury from last year.
I would like to take a moment to thank my entire team and her wonderful owners for always allowing me to do what’s best for “Lala”. She has been a horse of a lifetime for me, and this was a difficult decision to come to terms with for me. However, I know in my heart that it’s the best one for her!
Thank you, Lala, for so many amazing victories all across the world... I'm not sure that I will ever replace you, but I hope to carry on your legacy with some beautiful foals! Lala, I know the sport will always remember you as the little mare with the biggest heart."

At World of Showjumping we wish Ohlala a very happy retirement!

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