byNina Fedrizzi| Nov 21, 2017
They say friends that play together stay together. But would about friends who jump grand prix classes all around the world?
This month, Laura Kraut’s Olympic gold medal partner Cedric and Lauren Hough’s Grands Prix of Dublin and Hamburg-winning mount Quick Study (“Joey”) were reunited for the first time at Aston Farm in Gloucestershire, U.K. “They’ve always loved each other. And next week before I go to Doha, we’re going to go down and they’re going to reunite, so they’re going to hang out for the winter,” Kraut told NF Style. “They’ve always loved each other and [Cedric] is going to be so excited when he sees him!”
Yesterday, Kraut posted an image of the two legends enjoying the muddy countryside together in all their furry glory, and we think it speaks for itself:
Cedric, 19, and Quick Study, 18, spent years competing successfully together on the international circuit and as longtime members of the U.S. Nations Cup team, where they earned multiple wins, among them Rome in 2009 and Rotterdam in 2010—one of Hough’s all-time favorite victories.
“It was an all-women team, and we won on zero faults! The accolades and wins mean a lot to me, but the relationship and bond that we created along the way are what I’m proudest of, and [Joey’s] character and quirkiness are traits I’ll always remember,” Hough said on her blog.
After a decade competing together, Hough retired Joey from competition in early 2016, and Cedric was retired last winter during an emotional ceremony at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. Since that time, the two horses have been stabled a little more than an hour away from one another at Hough and Kraut’s seasonal bases in England, and now, they’ll get to enjoy the next few months together doing what senior show jumping champions do best: stretching out in the sun, napping, and eating grass—sometimes all at one time…
For our money, no one deserves it more (and a huge shoutout to Laura and Lauren for taking such good care of their former partners!) Good horsemanship, great friends, and a long and happy retirement in the country?
Now that’s something to be thankful for.
- Lauren Hough On What It’s Really Like Growing Up With Professional Parents [NF Style]
- Laura Kraut, Cedric, and the Surprising Story Behind a Famous American Stirrup Maker [NF Style]
- Flashback Friday: Laura Kraut and Cedric’s Greatest Hits [NF Style]