Laura Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farm's Cedric Cruise to $150,000 Ocala Grand Prix Victory
Monday, February 16, 2015
Ocala, Fla. - Following an uncharacteristic performance in Friday's Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by Edge Brewing Barcelona, Laura Kraut and Cedric got redemption on Sunday as they blazed to victory in the $150,000 Ocala Grand Prix at CSIO4* Ocala. The Team Gold medalists from the 2008 Olympic Games were one of only four combinations to go double clear on Sunday, and as the penultimate pair in the seven horse jump-off they could not be caught after posting a time of 36.04. "Today Cedric felt more normal, more like himself. Friday was out of character for him, but I felt as confident as I could going into today and he was really on form," said Kraut of the Cherry Knoll Farm's 17-year-old Holsteiner gelding.
Finishing in fifth place for the U.S. were Georgina Bloomberg (New York, N.Y.) and Gotham North Enterprizes, LLC's 14-year-old Austrian Warmblood, Juvina. As the final pair in the jump-off, they lowered a single rail in a time of 42.25.
Fellow Hermès U.S. Show Jumping teammates Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.) and Abigail Wexner's 16-year-old KWPN gelding Simon had the final rail down at fence 13 to finish on a score of four faults in ninth place. Finishing in 14th place were Lauren Hough (Wellington, Fla.) and Laura and Meredith Mateo's 11-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding Reconnaissance, who also finished on four faults.
Rounding out the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping entry on Sunday were Todd Minikus (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and the Quality Group's 12-year-old Oldenburg mare Quality Girl in 20th place on eight faults.
Results for the Ocala Grand Prix can be found here.
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