Lauren Hough and Valinski S victorious in $36,000 CSI 2* at Winter Equestrian Festival

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Friday 18 January - 14h18 | Edited press release

Lauren Hough and Valinski S victorious in $36,000 CSI 2* at Winter Equestrian Festival

Lauren Hough rode Valinski S to victory in the $36,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup CSI 2* on Thursday, January 17, at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL. The 12-week WEF circuit features hunter, jumper, and equitation competition and continues through March 31, 2019, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

 - Lauren Hough and Valinski S victorious in $36,000 CSI 2* at Winter Equestrian Festival

A starting field of 100 entries faced off in Thursday’s featured event, with 15 advancing to jump off over the Oscar Soberon-designed short course.

As the sixth pair to return for the jump-off, Hough (USA) and Valinski S stopped the clock in an unbeatable clear round time of 38.812 seconds. In clinching the win, Hough edged out fellow U.S. Olympic veteran McLain Ward who finished in second place with a time of 39.449 seconds aboard Queen Jane, owned by Walstib Stables LLC. Rounding out the top three with a time of 39.550 seconds were Alex Granato and Carlchen W, owned by Page Tredennick.

While Valinski S, a 17-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Wyndmont, is a WEF veteran – having most recently been shown at the venue by Todd Minikus and Shawn Casady –  the partnership with Hough is new. “I rode him many years ago for just a couple months, but this is just my second week showing him,” said Hough. “Ronnie Beard and Michael Dorman, the owners, are very good friends, and they asked me back in the fall if I had time to ride some horses for them. I knew Valinski, and I’ve always loved him. He’s a veteran, and he knows his job. I was thrilled to be able to have the ride.” 

Highlight events of the second week of competition, sponsored by NetJets, include the $72,000 NetJets Grand Prix CSI2* on Saturday, January 19, at 7 p.m. and the $25,000 Hermes U25 Grand Prix CSI U25 on Sunday, January 20, at 8 a.m., followed by the $36,000 1.45m CaptiveOne Classic. Click here to watch Hough's winning ride. 

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