Lauren Hough and Cornet 39 were an iconic vision on the global stage for several years: Her textbook American seat, his incredible athleticism with a shocking splotchy gray coat to match. With his big talent came big opinions, and Lauren worked hard at building the Oldenburg gelding up to his potential over the years with great results, including a CSI4* win in Wellington last winter and runner up in the LA leg of the Longines Masters in 2015.
It appears the next stage of success for Cornet 39 is a new partnership, as this summer Lauren passed the reins to Germany’s Daniel Deusser at Knokke to see if the two might hit it off. They had some promising results at the CSI5* in Brussels and a podium finish at the Rome tour stop of the Global Champions Tour, but their official debutante ball was the past weekend, when they effortlessly won the Oslo Horse Show Grand Prix CSI5*.
“He’s very sensitive, you have to get to know him a little bit but he has great character – he wants to help you in the end, he wants to win and he has a great instinct in the ring!” said Daniel after their magnificent win. He beat Australia’s Kevin Thornton by minuscule fractions of a second and held off a jump-off crowd of seven to the win the pot.
The masters came out to play at Kingsland Oslo Horse Show with a 7 way jump off between some of the biggest names in the sport deciding Daniel Deusser & Cornet as the winners of the opening LONGINES FEI World Cup™ Jumping qualifier in Europe #FEIWorldCup #RideToParis
Posted by Fédération Equestre Internationale on Sunday, October 15, 2017
“I didn’t see Kevin go, but I did see the first two (Douglas Lindelow SWE and Mark McAuley IRL) and I realized it would be easy to get too deep to the second-last. I thought maybe if I just stayed in the same canter stride I might get a better jump there and then really go for it to the last.”
It was a nice full circle moment for the gelding to win the indoor in Oslo, as he was originally campaigned at the FEI levels by Irma Karlsson when she was still a young rider for Sweden. It may prove to be the start of a full circle moment for Daniel, too, as he won the 2014 World Cup Jumping title in 2014 on Cornet D’Amour. Both Cornet 39 and Cornet D’Amour are sons of the great Cornet Obolensky, arguably one of the greatest sires of the modern era. With a World Cup Qualifying win under their belt, the two are fast tracked towards the final in Paris in 2018.
Congratulations to this new pair! Go Jumping.
Kingsland Oslo Horse Show World Cup Qualifier: