Algarve, Portugal - October 18, 2014 - Laura Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farm's Constable raced to a speedy finish during the Vilamoura Champions Tour on Friday at the Centro Hípico de Vilamoura. The world's best riders faced off during the 7 Year Old Jumpers in a race against the clock, with Kraut and Constable finishing the tricky track with a double clear effort in a time of 39.32, just a second ahead of fellow contenders.
"Today was the last day before he has a nice break until the winter circuit," Kraut said. "I thought I would give it a go and try to win today, and he did!"
The young horse placed sixth earlier in the week with a clear speed round in 68.98 seconds, and today he duplicated his efforts with Kraut in the irons. The course was a solid 1.40m technical track featuring an open water jump without a pole, a large triple combination, vertical-oxer double combination and a solid wall. Needless to say, it didn't faze the KWPN gelding, owned by Margaret Duprey and Cherry Knoll Farm, Inc. They were awarded the 7 Year Old Young Jumper Championship for their top finishes throughout the final week of competition.
"He has been really, really good," Kraut smiled. "He hasn't shown too much this summer, probably only at seven or eight shows, but he has definitely matured during that time. It was probably one of the most difficult 7yearold courses we have ever jumped, but he handled it all so well. He is a 7-year-old in a 10-year-old body."
Kraut continued, "Constable has really matured in his head. He always had the body, but he is really putting it together. He knows his job now, and he is making it a lot easier on himself and me. It will be exciting and fun to go into the International Ring this winter and start jumping some 1.45m courses. Everything depends on his mental and physical state. He will tell me what he is ready to do."
Constable will now have rest before the winter circuit in Wellington, FL, but Cherry Knoll Farm has two other stars that will jump into the spotlight during the Indoor Finals in the United States. From October 21-26, Andretti S, of which Cherry Knoll Farm is a shareholder, will compete at the Washington International Horse Show in Washington, D.C., just after finishing second during the prestigious American Gold Cup less than a month prior.
Cherry Knoll Farm's Cedric has also been gearing up for the approaching season, showing at select shows across Europe. He will be a top contender at the National Horse Show in Lexington, KY, in only a couple short weeks. Margaret Duprey will be onsite during the National Horse Show to watch the two stars in action.
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