Margie Engle, 10-time American Grandprix Association Rider of the Year is successfully paving the road to what will hopefully be her second Olympic conquest, making Devon one of her last stops until the Olympic team is chosen on July 6.
The southern Miami native, made her first Olympic appearance in 2000 at the Sydney Games mounted on Hidden Creek's Perin, who led her to the highest finish by a female in her event, tenth place. She made another valiant attempt in 2004. An injured hip forced her run to come to a halt, but also encouraged her to persevere. This time around Engle is having better luck with her health and is on track in her pursuit of riding in London. This time it will be aboard Indigo.
Indigo, a 12 year-old gray Dutch Warmblood gelding, is holding onto the first place ranking in World-Cup standings. This power-pair has had a successful year; they starting off together winning one of the first grand prix classes. Engle took him through the course with the only double clean, proving there was no doubt he would be able to take her all the way. They successfully continued on to clench a first place win at the $125,000 Spy Coast Farm CSI*** in Wellington, and to an especially rewarding win in February. Engle and Indigo led a team of amateur riders to earning the first place prize of $150,000 at the FTI Great Charity Challenge at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center that would be donated to the Wellington PTO/PTA.
The triumphant duo finished the USEF Show Jumping Selection Trials with just 12 faults to safely secure the second spot on USEF's Show Jumping Long List for the 2012 London Olympics. They will surely set the bar high at Devon as two of the top contenders on the strenuous journey to the Olympic Games to represent the United States Show Jumping Team. Laura Kraut
Making Devon the last stop on their journey to London, Laura Kraut and Cedric are sure to offer a crowd-pleasing experience as they make a statement in the Dixon Oval Thursday May 31. There is no doubt they will strive to prove the 3rd ranked pair on the USEF Long List most certainly has what it takes to earn their spot on the 2012 United States Show Jumping Team.
Originally from Virginia, currently residing in Wellington, Florida, Kraut works alongside her sister Mary Elizabeth, who manages several aspects of their business, while Kraut focuses showing and training rising athletes such as Jessica Springsteen. If Springsteen's recent prestigious wins are any indication, she is benefiting from Kraut's experience.
Previously winning an Olympic team gold medal in 2008 in Beijing, Kraut seeks to make a second appearance at the games with Cedric, her 14 year-old gray Holsteiner gelding owned by Cherry Knoll Farm. The horse and rider combination has had a very successful year. Laura and Cedric placed fourth in the $50,000 Hagyard Classic in Lexington Kentucky, which is the first of their four observation trials that must be completed in order for them to remain strong contenders for the London Olympics. Come show day, she'll be competing against numerous prominent riders; including fourteen of our competitors are currently on the USEF Long List, all vying for one of four spots on the team.