Send in the Clowns: Laura Kraut Wins WIHS Costume Class, Andy Kocher Wins Role in Your Nightmares


Laura Kraut and Andretti S. PC: Shawn McMillen

Washington, DC – October 27, 2016 – 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.

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. PC: Shawn McMillen

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. PC: Shawn McMillen

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.

The winning Largest Group Overall at the 2016 Barn Night was Meadowbrook Stables.

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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