Lauren Hough wins $36,000 WEF Challenge Cup
- January 20, 2019
- By Staff Writers
WELLINGTON, Fla.--Lauren Hough rode Valinski S to win in the $36,000 WEF Challenge Cup CSI 2* on Thursday, January 17, at the Winter Equestrian Festival.
A starting field of 100 entries faced off in the Challenge Cup, with 15 advancing to jump off over the Oscar Soberon designed short course.
As the sixth pair to return for the jump-off, Hough and Valinski S tripped the timers 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.
Kevin Babington of Gwynedd Valley, Pa., was fourth on Super Chilled in 39.926.