Lauren Hough and Ohlala Tops in $35,000 Welcome Stake


Laura Kraut and Andretti S Victorious in $35,000 Accumulator Costume Class; Isabel Ryan and Eve Jobs Win Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Speed Rounds

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2016–The 2016 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) hosted its third day of equestrian competition at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. on Thursday. USA’s Lauren Hough and Ohlala were the winners in the $35,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake, presented by CMJ Sporthorse LLC. Another win for the USA went to Laura Kraut riding Andretti S in the $35,000 International Jumper Accumulator Costume Class, presented by the Gochman Family.

The Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers also competed on Thursday with a win for Eve Jobs and Sandor de la Pomme in the $5,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class, sponsored by Staysail Farm, and a one-two finish for Isabel Ryan with Levistano 2 and Abilitydance in the $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class, sponsored by The Strauss Family.

Competition continues through Sunday, October 30, featuring hunter, jumper, and equitation highlights. The competition is streamed live, so don’t miss a minute – go to to watch! Set your DVRs now to catch the broadcast of the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington, presented by Events DC, on NBC Sports Network coming up on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 1:30 p.m. EST.

Lauren Hough and Ohlala I © Shawn McMillen Photography
In Thursday’s $35,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake, presented by CMJ Sporthorse LLC, course designer Alan Wade (IRL) set for 29 entries with seven clear rounds over his first round track. Callan Solem (USA) and Horseshoe Trail Farm LLC’s VDL Wizard chose not to return for the jump-off and finished in seventh place. David Will (GER) and Centin Güngor’s Cento du Rouet were first to go over the short course, finishing fifth with four faults in 34.67 seconds. Alison Robitaille (USA) and Bertram and Diana Firestone’s Ace were next to go, jumping a double clear round in 38.00 seconds to eventually finish third. Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and his own and the Blue Buckle Group’s Cobolt dropped two rails in 36.94 seconds to end in sixth place. Next to go, Amanda Derbyshire (GBR) and David Gochman’s Lady Maria BH were double clear in 37.92 seconds to take a brief lead. Laura Kraut (USA) jumped into fourth place with her time of 38.54 seconds riding St. Bride’s Farm’s Confu. Last to go, Lauren Hough (USA) and The Ohlala Group’s Ohlala clocked the winning round in 35.27 seconds.

Hough first partnered with Ohlala, a 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare (Orlando x Cardento), five years ago and last competed at WIHS in 2012 when the pair won the $32,000 International Open Jumper faults converted class. At that time, Hough had been riding Ohlala for just one year and was stepping the mare up to the grand prix level with high hopes. Ohlala has since lived up to great expectations and won major classes all over the world.

Explaining her decision to return to WIHS after a three-year hiatus, Hough said, “I am really trying to concentrate on the World Cup qualifiers. I would like to go to the World Cup Finals with her this year, and so I decided to do a tour here. I did Tryon last week. I will go back to Europe to go to Doha next week and then carry on to Toronto.”

“She is wonderful. She loves to win,” Hough said of Ohlala. “I think her favorite part was the prize giving today. Indoors obviously suits her, being a small horse. I felt in the jump-off I did what I needed to do without taking too much risk, and still keeping Saturday night in the back of my mind and having a good prep for that. I feel like I have left enough in the tank to try to win again on Saturday as well.”

The winning presentation for Lauren Hough and Ohlala with ringmaster John Franzreb,Bridget Love Meehan of WIHS, and WIHS Youth Ambassador Katie McCoy. © Shawn McMillen Photography

The pair will compete in Saturday night’s $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington, presented by Events DC, so Hough did not want to take too much risk in the jump-off.

“She is naturally very quick, so I just rode my round and kept the turns a little bit short,” Hough detailed. “I made quite a short turn into the double and she did that great. Then I still took my time to the last. I didn’t leave out, but just her natural rhythm and the pace she carries over the ground made my job very easy.”

Hough added, “We bought her the end of her seven-year-old year and she has won her whole life. She jumps at a very high level, and I have been concentrating a lot on Nations’ Cups, so it is nice to let her go enjoy it a little bit and be able to go fast.”

Hough is based part of the year in the United States and part of the year in Europe. Being back at WIHS after several years, she has enjoyed the competition.

“I love America, and I love riding here. I am very lucky to have the opportunity to compete all over the world and be based in both places, but it is always really special to be back in America in front of a home crowd,” Hough acknowledged. “This is a great horse show. In the nighttime they get great crowds, and to be in the middle of D.C. is something special. I know they try really hard, and I like to support good American shows.

Laura Kraut Wins $35,0000 Accumulator Costume Class

The $35,000 International Jumper Accumulator Costume Class, presented by the Gochman Family, was held on Thursday evening during the show’s always-popular Barn Night, presented by Dover Saddlery with the generous support of The Peterson Family Foundation and National Harbor. Local young riders and horse enthusiasts attended in groups and had the chance to enter contests, win big prizes, and enjoy a fun, horse-filled evening that included the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Races, presented by Charles Owen, and internet sensations Dally & Spanky.

Laura “Little Red Riding Hood” Kraut and Andretti S  I © Shawn McMillen Photography

For the win, Kraut and her mount, Stars and Stripes’ Andretti S, cleared the course and the high side of the joker fence for a 65-point total in the fastest time of 44.47 seconds. Kraut was awarded the Crown Royal Trophy, donated by Crown Royal, as the winning rider, and Andretti S earned the Sue Ann Geisler Memorial Trophy, donated by the Washington International Horse Show, as the winning horse.

Dressed as Little Red Riding Hood for the costume class, Kraut had a great time competing in front of the Barn Night crowd and was proud of Andretti S for his great performance. The 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Corland x Animo) has shown at WIHS three times and thrives in the atmosphere at Verizon Center.

“He has been really good. He started out the year fantastic in Florida,” Kraut detailed. “Then we had an accident; he fell at a water jump, and it took him a little while just to get his confidence back. He never did anything bad, but he just was nervous. Sort of starting at the Gold Cup he has gotten better. He always seems to like that show, and he has been going well again, and he has been very consistent.

“For some reason he loves Washington,” Kraut added. “He is a claustrophobic-type horse. He doesn’t like other horses coming towards him, but I think this is the third year I have brought him here and he always does well, so it is fun. I am happy with him.”

Laura Kraut and Andretti S in their winning presentation with ringmaster John Franzreb, David and Becky Gochman, and Bridget Love Meehan, Executive Director of WIHS.  © Shawn McMillen Photography

Second place honors went to Catherine Tyree (USA) riding Mary Tyree’s Bokai with a score of 65 in 45.15 seconds. Amanda Derbyshire (GBR) and David Gochman’s Luibanta BH finished third with 65 points in 45.50 seconds. Andrew Kocher (USA) earned a perfect score of 65 as well riding Eagle Valley Partners LLC’s Ciana, and finished fourth with his time of 51.63 seconds. Kocher and Ciana then earned the Best Costume Award, presented by Equestrian Sport Productions, for their impressive clown attire.

Andy “Clown” Kocher was presented with the Best Costume Award, sponsored by Equestrian Sport Productions. © Shawn McMillen Photography

The winning Largest Group Overall at the 2016 Barn Night was Meadowbrook Stables. © Shawn McMillen Photography

Barn Night was a huge success as some of the region’s top groups came out Thursday night to participate in special contests and enjoy the unique competition. Memory Hill earned the award for Best Group Video, Harmony Ridge won Best Group Banner, Meadowbrook won Overall Largest Group, and Serene Acres took home the award for Best Group Spirit.

Isabel Ryan and Eve Jobs Triumph in Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers

The $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class, sponsored by The Strauss Family, was held on Thursday afternoon with a one-two finish for 17-year-old Isabel Ryan of Locust Valley, NY. Ryan rode Heritage Farm, Inc.’s Levistano 2 to victory and finished second riding her own Abilitydance.

Twenty-two entries started over Alan Wade’s (IRL) one-round speed course, which saw eight clear trips. Ryan and Levistano 2 cleared the course in 48.52 seconds. Abilitydance stopped the clock in 49.21 seconds, and Quinn Larimer and Nestledown Equine Services LLC’s Bronson CR finished the track in 49.40 seconds to place third.

Isabel Ryan and Levistano 2 I © Shawn McMillen Photography

For the win, Ryan was awarded the Beagle Brook Farm Perpetual Trophy. This was her first time winning at WIHS since riding ponies, and her first trip back to the show in three years. In 2014, she started riding with Andre Dignelli at Heritage Farm and just started doing the jumpers last year.

“It was a good return (to WIHS),” Ryan admitted. “My horses were so good. I was really happy because Billy (Abilitydance) is younger, and he was perfect. He really listened to me, which I was worried about. Levi (Levistano 2) was amazing. He was fast, but I was able to get him back really easily, and that was the goal going in. They were both amazing.”

Ryan first started showing Levistano 2 in the jumpers last year and learned quickly with an experienced partner in the 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding (by Levisto). Abilitydance is a newer partnership, but the 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (by Orame) has also given the young rider great experience.

“I’m fairly new to the jumpers, and I first got Levi because he is older and very experienced,” Ryan detailed. “He was my first real jumper. I started with him at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) this year in the Low Junior Jumpers and then I slowly moved up. Billy was actually my equitation horse last year and then we switched him to the jumpers in week two of WEF this year. He has been getting used to this job, and he was amazing.”

Bridget Love Meehan of WIHS and ringmaster John Franzreb join Isabel Ryan and Levistano 2 in their presentation. © Shawn McMillen Photography

It was a different experience competing on a horse in the jumpers compared to Ryan’s last experience at WIHS on ponies, but her horses gave her two great rounds.

“It was a little nerve-wracking, especially because the last time I was here I was jumping 2’3”, so that was a big difference,” Ryan acknowledged. “It was really nice to have Levi because I have a lot of confidence in him, and I knew that even if it wasn’t the most competitive round, at least he was going to help me have a nice, good experience at Washington. With Billy, my main goal was just to have a nice round and be clean because this is a big step up from anything that he has done before, so it was a great experience showing here.”

WIHS was Ryan’s last show before heading down to the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, for the winter show season. She is a senior in high school and recently submitted applications to colleges. She plans to continue riding as much as possible.

Eve Jobs and Sandor de la Pomme I © Shawn McMillen Photography

The $5,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class, sponsored by Staysail Farm, was held during the evening session with a win for 18-year-old Eve Jobs of Palo Alto, CA, riding her own Sandor de la Pomme. The pair was awarded The “Footloose” Perpetual Trophy in remembrance of Ruth Ellen Wilmot, donated by The Curtin Family in honor of 1990 winner “Footloose.”

Twenty-four entries showed in the speed competition with just eight clear rounds. Katherine Strauss and All In led with a time of 52.88 seconds, but were pushed to second place in the end as Jobs crossed the finish line in a time of 50.16 seconds. Alexandra Pielet and Co-Pielet LLC’s Helene Ve finished third in 54.62 seconds.

Jobs was competing at the Washington International Horse Show for the first time on Thursday and had great confidence in her mount, a 14-year-old Belgian Sport Horse gelding (Vigo d’Arsouilles x Darco) that she has ridden for two years. The pair also won the Junior Jumper Championship at the Devon Horse Show earlier in the year. Jobs has trained with Missy Clark and John Brennan at North Run in Warren, VT, for the last six years and will take a gap year to continue her riding in 2017 before heading to college at UCLA in September. For now, the rider will enjoy a hard-won victory in the challenging competition on Thursday.

“These are my really good friends, and I know that a lot of them are very fast riders. I did not get to watch much, so I was a little intimated walking in there of course,” Jobs admitted. “I think because my horse had such a big stride I was able to do the nine strides down the second to last line, and then the six coming home, which I don’t think many people did. That is probably where I picked up the most time.”

Speaking further of her mount, Jobs smiled, “This horse is so special. Everything that I have done has been because of this horse. He has taught me an exponential amount. He is truly one of the best horses I have ever ridden.”

Eve Jobs in her winning presentation with ringmaster John Franzreb and Bridget Love Meehan of WIHS. © Shawn McMillen Photography
Jobs’ main goal this year was to compete in the major equitation finals, and she will also show in the WIHS Equitation Finals this week, starting with the hunter phase on Friday. She then heads to the CP National Horse Show in Kentucky to conclude the season. She will begin competing as an amateur at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, starting in January.

Commenting on her first experience at WIHS, Jobs stated, “All of the horses were wonderful. I think the show is a lot of fun. I think the atmosphere is unlike anything I have ever been to. It is a small ring, but the track rode really nice, and I am very happy with my first day.”

The Washington International Horse Show continues on Friday with the championships for the Junior Hunter divisions as well as the hunter phase of the WIHS Equitation Finals. The Low and High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers will have jump-off classes in the afternoon session. The evening session begins with a $50,000 International Jumper Speed Final, followed by the $25,000 International Jumper Puissance, presented by The Boeing Company. For full results, visit

Final Results: $35,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake, presented by CMJ Sporthorse LLC
Placing/Number/Horse/Rider/Country/Rd. 1/Faults/Rd. 2/Faults/Time
Color/Age/Gender/Breed/Sire/Dam Sire/Owner

1. 0063 Ohlala Lauren Hough USA 0 0 35.27 sec
bay / 12y. / M / SWB / Orlando / Cardento / The Ohlala Group
2. 0037 Lady Maria BH Amanda Derbyshire GBR 0 0 37.92 sec
bay / 10y. / M / HOLST / Cartani / Corrado I / David Gochman
3. 0008 Ace Alison Robitaille USA 0 0 38.00 sec
grey / 11y. / G / KWPN / Berlin / Irco Polo / Bertram & Diana Firestone
4. 0068 Confu Laura Kraut USA 0 0 38.54 sec
grey / 9y. / G / HOLST / Contact me / Cambridge / St. Bride’s Farm
5. 0060 Cento du Rouet David Will GER 0 4 34.67 sec
9y. / G / OS / Chintan / Balou du Rouet / Güngor, Centin
6. 0009 Cobolt Shane Sweetnam IRL 0 8 36.94 sec
bay / 10y. / G / SWB / Cyklon / Camaro M / Shane Sweetnam & The Blue Buckle Group
7. 0015 VDL Wizard Callan Solem USA 0 WD
chest / 13y. / G / KWPN / Gentleman / Ahorn / 102PX05 / Horseshoe Trail Farm, LLC
8. 0059 Dirkie Z Nick Novak USA 4 60.54 sec
bay / 11y. / G / ZANG / Dutch Capitol / Baloubet du Rouet / Nick Novak
9. 0079 Tiger Lily Jessica Springsteen USA 4 60.75 sec
chest / 9y. / M / OLDBG / Balou du Rouet / Domino / Stone Hill Farm
10. 0083 Creedance Kent Farrington USA 4 61.21 sec
chest / 9y. / G / KWPN / Lord Z / Notaris / Kent Farrington & R.C.G. Farm
11. 0072 Uppie de Lis Andrew Kocher USA 4 61.76 sec
bay / 15y. / G / NRPS / Andiamo / Landsieger I / BTS Entertainment & Sales
12. 0040 Dougie Douglas Katherine A. Dinan USA 4 61.79 sec
chest / 11y. / G / ISH / Ard VDL Douglas / High Roller / Grant Road Partners LLC

Final Results: $35,000 International Jumper Accumulator Costume Class, presented by the Gochman Family
Placing Number/Horse/Rider/Points/Time
Color/Age/Gender/Breed/Sire/Dam Sire/Owner

1. 0069 Andretti S Laura Kraut USA 65.00 44.47
chest / 11y. / G / KWPN / Corland / Animo / Stars and Stripes
2. 0092 Bokai Catherine Nicole Tyree USA 65.00 45.15
grey / 10y. / G / KWPN / Mary Tyree
3. 0038 Luibanta BH Amanda Derbyshire GBR 65.00 45.50
bay / 8y. / M / ISH / Luidam / Abantos / David Gochman
4. 0071 Ciana Andrew Kocher USA 65.00 51.63
bay / 9y. / M / KWPN / Rascin / Chin Chin / Eagle Valley Partners LLC
5. 0096 Cash Danielle Torano USA 65.00 54.23
bay / 9y. / G / KWPN / Quasimodo Z / Heartbreaker / Danielle & Jimmy Torano
6. 0058 Climbus Nick Novak USA 61.00 50.02
grey / 10y. / G / HOLST / Cartani / Limbus / Nick Novak
7. 0094 Lady Davos Lauren Hough USA 61.00 53.02
bay / 8y. / M / KWPN / Canturo / Berlin / Casper / Meredith Mateo
8. 0825 Cassevel Hunter Holloway 59.00 52.89
grey / 9y. / G / HOLST / Cassini II / Quidam de Revel / Hays Investment Corp.
9. 0091 Urus Ljubov Kochetova RUS 58.00 55.23
grey / 11y. / G / OS / Canturo / Cento / Kochetova, Ljubov
10. 0039 Checkpoint U Katherine A. Dinan USA 57.00 48.10
12y. / G / HOLST / Casall / Lorentin I / Grant Road Partners LLC
11. 0041 Clear Water Marilyn Little USA 56.00 43.83
grey / 9y. / S / HOLST / Clearway / Come on / Karen O’connor
12. 0093 Brasil Emma Butchard USA 55.00 51.58
bay / 10y. / S / KWPN / Tenerife VDL / Farrington / Emma Butchard

Final Results: $5,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class, sponsored by Staysail Farm

1. 0790 Sandor de la Pomme Eve Jobs 0 penalties 50.161 sec
chest / 14y. / BWP / Vigo D’Arsouilles / Eve Jobs
2. 0354 All In Katherine Strauss 0 penalties 52.886 sec
brown / 11y. / KWPN / Aachen / Katherine Strauss, LLC
3. 0198 Helene Ve Alexandra Pielet 0 penalties 54.628 sec
bay / 9y. / BWP / Diamant De Semilly / Co-Pielet, LLC
4. 0786 Romie Kendra Gierkink 0 penalties 55.382 sec
grey / 11y. / SF / Airborne Montecillo / Kadley Holdings LLC
5. 0810 Wallenberg Sophie Michaels 0 penalties 57.675 sec
grey / 13y. / HANN / Stakkato / Serenity Equestrian Ventures
6. 0801 Great White Daisy Farish 0 penalties 57.788 sec
grey / 8y. / HOLST / Cumano / Daisy Farish
7. 0688 Feeling Jordyn Rose Freedman 0 penalties 58.747 sec
brown / 11y. / HOLST / For Pleasure / Tammy Marek
8. 0102 Wilhelmus S Samantha Cohen 0 penalties 60.893 sec
chest / 13y. / KWPN / Emilion / Freedom Group
9. 0269 Tosca Du Feugre Lauren Fischer 4 penalties 51.677 sec
chest / 9y. / SF / Calvaro / Cheryl Fischer
10. 0672 Hamlet Lucy Deslauriers 4 penalties 53.362 sec
grey / 9y. / BWP / Cicero / Lisa Deslauriers

Final Results: $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class, sponsored by The Strauss Family

1. 0814 Levistano 2 Isabel Ryan 0 penalties 48.521 sec
bay / 14y. / HOLST / Levisto / Heritage Farm, Inc.
2. 0813 Abilitydance Isabel Ryan 0 penalties 49.217 sec
brown / 11y. / KWPN / Orame / Isabel Ryan
3. 0390 Bronson Cr Quinn Larimer 0 penalties 49.409 sec
chest / 10y. / KWPN / VDL Navarone / Nestledown Equine Services, LLC
4. 0582 Lundback T Hastak Abbey Soffer 0 penalties 52.929 sec
bay / 12y. / SWB / Dirco Hastak / Abbey Soffer
5. 0808 Darero Sophie Michaels 0 penalties 54.661 sec
bay / 8y. / KWPN / Ginus / Sweet Oak Farm
6. 0252 Lothario Julie Roberts 0 penalties 54.902 sec
bay / 9y. / ISH / VDL Douglas / Julie Roberts
7. 0474 Sofia Car Nikki Prokopchak 0 penalties 57.654 sec
bay / 10y. / OLDBG / Galiani Car / Nikki Prokopchak
8. 0127 VDL Endorado Ryal K Amanda Seale 0 penalties 58.791 sec
grey / 7y. / KWPN / VDL Indorado / Seale Horses, LLC

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About the Washington International Horse Show
Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of the most prestigious and
entertaining equestrian events in North America. More than 26,000 spectators attend the six-day show, which includes Olympic-level competition along with community and charity events. More than 500 top horses and riders come to D.C. from all over the globe to jump for more than a half a million dollars in prize money. Highlights include the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington for the President’s Cup, presented by Events DC (Saturday night), the $25,000 Puissance high jump presented by The Boeing Company and $50,000 GE Speed Final on Military Night (Friday) and Kids’ Day (Saturday), a free, fun and educational community event. The Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. WIHS is an official USEF Heritage Competition and is currently ranked #7 in the Top 25 Horse Shows by the North American Riders Group. WIHS is rated CSI4*-W by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the world governing body for horse sports.

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