For nearly a decade, Laura Kraut’s great grey gelding Cedric and Lauren Hough’s quirky bay Quick Study travelled the world contesting the most elite competitions for Team USA.

Cedric was part of the team gold medal winning team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Quick Study contested dozens of Nations Cups over his 10 year career with Hough. Both horses were part of the all-female Nations Cup team that won in Rotterdam in 2010 on a zero fault score.

Retired since 2016, the famed geldings continue to be travelling partners—but now it’s between pastures at Hough and Kraut’s respective farms.

“They’re best buddies,” said Hough. “We both ended up retiring them [in Europe] and Laura needed a spot for Cedric in the winter so she brought him down [to my farm] in the fall and it gave you goosebumps because for sure they knew each other. Now they are absolutely inseparable. I think we have joint custody now.”