Wellington, FL - Olympic team gold medalist Laura Kraut (USA) was victorious on Friday, February 24, in the $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m speed class riding Nouvelle at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL.
Week seven, sponsored by Suncast®, features CSI 5*/2* competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) through Sunday, February 26. The $380,000 Suncast® Grand Prix CSI 5* is the highlight event on Saturday night, February 25.
Course designer Anthony D'Ambrosio (USA) saw 57 starters over his one-round speed track, with 14 clear rounds. Kraut went early in the order with her first mount, St. Bride's Farm's Confu, and set a fast pace in 58.19 seconds that eventually finished third. Several rounds later, Richie Moloney (IRL) stole the lead in 57.17 seconds riding Equinimity LLC's Ypaja Yando. Moloney's time held through over 30 rounds, until Kraut returned with her second mount, Nouvelle. Second to last in the order, Kraut and the Evita Group's Nouvelle took the win in 56.43 seconds, pushing Moloney into second.
"She was great. I am really pleased with her," Kraut said of the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare (Solitair x Contango). "It is nice sometimes to drop her down to a lower class and let her gallop and have fun."
Detailing each of her rounds, Kraut stated, "I went early on Confu, and I know where I got beat with him. After the liverpool, with the rollback to the black oxer, I ended up having to wait for one more stride, which just slowed me up enough to be beaten. So I knew that if I could go in and get going with Nouvelle, and just make sure that I kept coming forward through that turn, then I could hopefully beat my time and Richie's."
With a nice win midway through the winter circuit, Nouvelle will continue to jump the next few weeks.
"We are being pretty conservative with the horses down here this winter. We have a big year ahead of us, so I will just pick and choose what I think is good and keep her happy and sound," Kraut concluded.
Week seven of the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival continues on Saturday, featuring the $380,000 Suncast® Grand Prix CSI 5* in the International Arena in the evening. The THIS Children's Medal 14 & Under will award a winner in the South Ring in the morning. For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.
Final Results: $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m
1. NOUVELLE: 2004 KWPN mare by Solitair x Contango LAURA KRAUT (USA), Evita Group: 0/56.43
2. YPAJA YANDO: 2007 Finnish Warmblood stallion by Quinar x Lasino RICHIE MOLONEY (IRL), Equinimity LLC: 0/57.17
3. CONFU: 2007 Holsteiner gelding by Contact Me x Cambridge LAURA KRAUT (USA), St. Bride's Farm: 0/58.19
4. MANODIE II H: 2005 Oldenburg mare by Carthago x Zeus GEORGINA BLOOMBERG (USA), Gotham Enterprizes LLC: 0/58.22
5. RAIA D'HELBY: 2005 Selle Francais mare by Fergar Mail x Papillon Rouge ADRIENNE STERNLICHT (USA), Starlight Farms LLC: 0/58.31
6. IMKE 111: 2008 Belgian Warmblood mare by Der Senaat 111 x Heartbreaker ABDEL SAID (EGY), AS Sport Horses: 0/58.36
7. TINA LA BOHEME: 2007 Selle Francais mare by Calvaro x Arpege Pierreville MCLAIN WARD (USA), Susan Heller & McLain Ward: 0/58.50
8. HARRIRI: 2007 Belgian Warmblood mare by Nabab de Reve x Darco EMILY MOFFITT (GBR), Poden Farms: 0/59.50
9. SUPER CHILLED: 2008 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Gelvin Clover KEVIN BABINGTON (IRL), Kevin Babington: 0/59.65
10. CONTINA R: 2008 Oldenburg mare by Contendro I x Coleur Rubin MARKUS BEERBAUM (GER), Artemis Equestrian Farm LLC: 0/63.08
11. CAS 2: 2007 KWPN gelding by Indoctro x Numero Uno AUDREY COULTER (USA), Copernicus Stables LLC: 0/67.98
12. S&L SAGE: 2007 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Wandor van de Mispelaere x Radiator DAVID RAPOSA (USA), S&L Farms: 0/68.53