Laura Kraut Finishes Third in Longines Global Champions Tour Series
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Posted by Kendall Bierer for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
The 15-year-old grey gelding recently returned from an injury in September, rising to the challenge of the Doha 2013 CSI5*. The class consisted of two rounds, with the top 18 from the first round progressing into the second round.
The pair was nothing short of incredible as they adeptly navigated the first round course. They made a brilliant turn to the daunting wall, clearing it with ease, and as Kraut and Cedric approached the last line the audience sat in a frenzy of anticipation. A clean round was in their grasp, but the second to last fence fell as they accrued four faults for their effort.
"I would have been willing to bet you that he wouldn't have had a rail down coming down the last line, but he just got a little quick off the ground. It's plain and simple; he just jumped too low," Kraut said. "It was just an unfortunate time because for the rest of the course he jumped amazing."
Kraut continued, "He was phenomenal out there, especially after his injury, but that's sort of Cedric. He has made a career out of having some funny incidents happen and coming back and putting it behind him. I had a lot of faith in the fact that he wasn't really going to remember his experience in Lausanne. Thankfully, I was right. Every horse makes a jumping error now and then. I am thrilled with how he went, and now we are going to go to Paris and try to win that."
"I am pleased with that [third place]. When I went there, I told them that if I stayed in the top five I would be happy," Kraut explained. "I was pleased with third. It was a very nice bonus, and if it weren't for Margaret [Duprey] and Cedric, as well as the Le Bon's allowing me to ride Jubilee d' Ouilly, I would not have had such a wonderful series and finished where I did."
Owner Duprey was onsite at Al Shaqab, watching the competition unfold before her eyes. It was a very exciting event for Team Cherry Knoll Farm, and Duprey could not have been more proud of the partnership Kraut and Cedric have.
Kraut concluded, "It was a beautiful facility, I was pleasantly surprised with the whole sort of week. The people were so friendly; the facility was incredible, so were the people and the horses. It was an incredible event; I would be very pleased to go back."
For more information on Laura Kraut and Cedric's performance throughout the Longines Global Champions Tour please visit http://www.globalchampionstour.com/.
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