Laura Kraut Opens Week Seven in Wellington with a Win
WELLINGTON, Fla., Feb. 27 -
Laura Kraut of Wellington, FL, came out on top in Wednesday’s $8,000 1.45m competition to open the CSI3* Zada Enterprises Wellington Masters, presented by PowerIce, week seven of the CN Winter Equestrian Festival, presented by Zimmerman Advertising, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
As the first rider on course, Great Britain’s Nick Skelton set the pace by turning in a clear round in a time of 69.82 seconds with the nine-year-old French-bred, Le Prestige St. Lois. Rider after rider attempted to catch Skelton’s time over the track designed by Christa Heibach of Germany, but it was the second-to-last rider, Laura Kraut, who finally accomplished the feat. Riding Nocturnal, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare that she has owned for five years, Kraut turned in the winning time of 68.12 seconds.
“I didn’t think Nick was that fast, but then I watched some of the others and they weren’t that fast, so I thought if I could leave some strides out, I could make the time without running her off her feet. I’m still being cautious with her,” said Kraut, explaining that Nocturnal is just returning from a year’s break following an injury.
Kraut will now focus her attention on the United States Show Jumping Team Selection Trials for the 2008 Olympic Games which begin on Thursday, February 28. The $30,000 WEF Challenge Series Round VI, beginning at 7 p.m., acts as the first of five Selection Trials and will be held under lights in the International Arena, mimicking the conditions the horses and athletes will face in Hong Kong. Kraut will be contesting the Trials with two mounts, Anthem and Cedric. A total of 41 horses are entered in the Selection Trials while Beezie Madden’s Authentic and McLain Ward’s Sapphire have been granted byes.
The CSI3*-W Zada Enterprises Wellington Masters, presented by Power Ice, also includes Sunday’s $100,000 Zada Enterprises, LLC Masters Cup, which acts as a World Cup Qualifying event for the 2008 World Cup Final in Goteborg, Sweden. It is also the second U.S. Show Jumping Team Selection Trials for the 2008 Olympic Games.
Results of Class 1002 - $8,000 1.45m
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LAURA KRAUT 0.00 68.123 PIN OAK FARM
The 2008 CN Winter Equestrian Festival attracts the best horses and riders from around the world to Wellington and offers more than $5 million in prize money. For more information, visit www.equestriansport.com