Laura Kraut and Cedric Cash In at the GCT Grand Prix of Switzerland
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Posted by Phelps Media Group
Rolf posted a smooth round in the jump off with his champion horse Casall La Silla, tripping the timers in 45.37 seconds. The pressure was on as Tops-Alexander returned for the jump off as the next in the order, and was determined to tackle the track. Although she posted an outstanding time of 44.21 seconds aboard Cevo Itot du Château, an unfortunate rail earned the pair the third place position.
Kraut was nothing short of dazzling as she erupted from the in gate in a blaze of speed. Cedric seemed to be on fire Saturday-turning so adeptly and seemingly flying over each obstacle with ease. The duo made a brilliant turn to the double combination, slicing the seconds and putting the audience into a frenzy of anticipation as they cleared each consecutive obstacle. They captured the first place finish in a time of 42.53 seconds-the fastest time of the night, as well as one of only two riders to go clear throughout all three rounds.
"I am in absolute shock," Kraut described after the victory gallop and award presentation. "My horse was fantastic tonight. I was terrified going out there, but he did great, we had the help of Richard Spooner who was on the sidelines, he sort of gave me the blueprints to go."
Kraut continued, "He feels younger than ever, which is great since he is 14 years old. He was wild today, when he's feeling good I want to take advantage of it."
Owner Margaret Duprey was able to be in attendance for the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Switzerland. It was a very exciting event for Team Cherry Knoll Farm as they watched the exhilarating victory unfold. Kraut will compete in the Global Champions Tour in Vienna, Austria this week, with competition beginning today. To stay informed about the dynamic duo's results, please visit http://www.globalchampionstour.com/events/.
Photo Credit: Laura Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farm's Cedric set a blazing time of 42.53 seconds, riding to the victory in the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Switzerland; Laura Kraut and Cedric lead the victory gallop at the GCT Grand Prix of Switzerland. Photos By: SportFot/GCT.
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