Hickstead, UK - Laura Kraut and Andretti S, a new mount as of last fall, are climbing the ranks of international competition. Andretti S is a 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by the Stars and Stripes Syndicate, of which Cherry Knoll Farm is a shareholder. The gelding is an up and coming star that Cherry Knoll Farm's Margaret Duprey is delighted to see rising in the standings with Kraut in the saddle.
At this year's Longines Royal International Horse Show, which ran from July 30 through August 3 at the historic showgrounds in Hickstead, England, the pair finished fifth in both The Bunn Leisure Vase and The Royal International Accumulator, both set at 1.45m.
Kraut and Andretti S were victorious over 79 of the 83 total entries of Thursday's Bunn Leisure Vase. This impressive finish was achieved with a jump off time of 73 seconds, only .39 seconds behind third place and .63 seconds behind fourth. Andretti S stepped up to the plate for this clear effort, and showcased his speed among the best the world has to offer.
In Sunday's Royal International Accumulator Andretti S proved his consistency with his second fifth place of the weekend. Out of a field of 34 he was able to out jump many other top class horses and riders from all corners of the globe. A massive 5.54-second lead between Andretti S and six place finisher Quenzo do La Roque ridden by Belgium's Nicola Philippaerts paved the way for yet another honorable finish.
Although Duprey was not onsite to witness Andretti's spectacular performances at Hickstead, she noted from seeing the video, "I thought he has definitely matured and understands what his job is since Chantilly. He is learning how to compress and use his big stride in the right places. To see how much he has improved in such a short time is very exciting, and from the video it is night and day! From when the syndicate was started, he has certainly matured, developed and is forming a great partnership with Laura."
In both of these events Kraut and Andretti S were the top placing USA finishers, a tribute to Cherry Knoll Farm's passion for discovering and growing talent with young horses.
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