U.S. Wins Bronze At FEI Jumping Nations Cup USA CSIO5* Ocala

Beezie Madden and Darry Lou jump in the anchor position in the FEI Jumping Nations Cup USA CSIO5* Ocala on Feb. 18, 2018 at HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Fla. Credits: Jump Media

OCALA, Fla. — The U.S. Show Jumping Team jumped to a bronze medal finish in the FEI Jumping Nations Cup USA CSIO5* Ocala on Feb. 18 at HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Fla.

With Canada taking home the gold, and Brazil finishing on silver, the team of Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.); McLain Ward (Brewster, N.Y.); Lauren Hough (Wellington, Fla.) and Laura Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), were presented with a bronze and also put the U.S. team into a strong second place position in the North and Central America and Caribbean League standings to start the season.

Hough was mounted on Ohlala, owned by the Ohlala Group; Kraut was aboard St. Bride Farm’s Confu; Ward rode Double H Farm’s HH Callas, and Madden was on Darry Lou, owned by Abigail Wexner.

Sign Up for E-News

“We always set the bar high; that’s the standard that we always expect,” said Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland. “We felt that we were really prepared to win gold, but that’s the nature of five-star events. It’s the first time that we have had a five-star Nations Cup in the United States, and that was a five-star course, no question about it. The good news is, we had a podium finish, which is obviously what we always aim for. And we finished second in our league for today.” 

At the end of the first round, the U.S. team sat on 16 faults over the difficult track set by course designer Marina Azevedo of Brazil. Canada and Germany held the lead, tied on four faults each, while Brazil sat in second with eight faults.

As the pathfinder for the U.S. team, Hough and the 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare Ohlala returned to produce a fault-free effort in the second round. U.S. Olympic Team gold-medalist Kraut  was next in the ring for the USA aboard Confu, an 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding, and the pair had just one unlucky rail at the final fence to finish on four faults.

“I thought he jumped brilliantly,” said Kraut of Confu. “It was a very big course today; I think that Marina built a really strong track. You wouldn’t jump one any bigger anywhere in the world. I think my horse jumped the second round incredibly. I just didn’t have the luck of the show jumping gods at the last jump because he really made a beautiful round of it!”

The reigning FEI World Cup Final champion, Ward, was the third member to return for the U.S., competing aboard HH Callas, an 11-year-old Oldenburg mare. A total of 12 faults for the pair would make their score the dropped score for the round. Coming in as the team anchors, Madden and Darry Lou, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion owned by Abigail Wexner, saw just one rail fall to finish on four faults, giving the U.S. a two round 24 fault total score.

Team Ireland also finished on a 24 fault total score to tie with the U.S. team for the bronze medal. Brazil took second with 16 faults, and Canada won the gold with only an eight fault total.

The top two teams in the final North and Central America and Caribbean League standings will qualify for the Longines FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final in Barcelona, Spain in October.

See more Equestrian news at

Find us on Facebook

Sign Up for E-News to get top stories delivered daily to your inbox.

Download the FREE TAPinto App! Click here for Android - Click here for iOS to get news as it is happening.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Basking Ridge

New DMV Facility in South Plainfield Should Ease Crunch in Somerville

April 23, 2018


SOMERVILLE, NJ  - B. Sue Fulton is just beginning to find her away around her new office in Trenton , but the newly-sworn director of the Department of Motor Vehicles found her way to Somerville Saturday at the invitation of state Sen. Christopher Kip Bateman for a visit to the local DMV office on Roosevelt Place which has been causing headaches for neighborhood residents.

She ...

Travels Spotlight - New Brunswick Ciclovia opens 2018 Season

April 18, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK  – New Brunswick Ciclovia will open its 2018 season on Sunday, April 22 for another fun day of open streets and active living for all. 

Now in its fifth year, New Brunswick Ciclovia is a family-friendly event that emphasizes healthy living and community building by opening our streets and offering programming for all to enjoy. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., more ...

Our House 4 Miler Returns With USATF Championship Status

April 24, 2018

Our House Foundation will hold its 19th Annual Our House 4 Mile Run and 2 Mile Walk on the Village Green in Summit on May 19. This year, the 4 Mile Run is a USATF All Division Championship, offering USATF runners 700 points! The race welcomes elite athletes, the casual runner, and anyone looking to make a difference by supporting adults with disabilities!

Top Sponsors include Hope Autism ...