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Laura Kraut and Cedric are revving up for an exciting 2013 Winter Equestrian Festival.

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Laura Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farmís Cedric Return From Olympia Ready for the Winter Equestrian Festival

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: Cherry Knoll Farm
Release Date: 2012-12-28

London, England – December 28, 2012 – Olympian Laura Kraut has continued to impress across international waters with her talented line-up of mounts. From Wednesday, December 19 until December 23, 2012, Kraut guided several of her mounts to top placings at the London International Horse Show Olympia. The 14-year-old grey gelding Cedric, owned by Cherry Knoll Farm, found his rightful place among the best, competing in an intense jump-off that tested both horse and rider alike. 

Louis Konickx designed the 1.55m course for The Earls Court Olympia Christmas Cracker. The course consisted of 12 obstacles, and a challenging jump-off. The short track started over a standalone vertical and continued to another vertical with a left bending line. Upon landing, the pair had to take a triple bar and then complete a hard left rollback to the oxer-vertical double-combination. The riders continued over an oxer near the in gate, and a hard left turn took them to the standalone vertical, reversed from the first round. They had to keep the timer in mind as they landed from the vertical and raced over the final oxer to break the beam and seal their fate.

Kraut piloted Cedric to a spot in the jump-off after going up against 34 of the world’s top riders. The jump-off list had a total of 15 qualifiers, making for an intense final race against the clock. Each team was allowed 40 seconds to complete the short course, and the rails began to fall as the important question arose of time or accuracy.

Cedric completed the jump-off course beautifully, using his stride and quick turns to set the pace. An unfortunate rail cost the pair the win; however, their time of 34.99 seconds proved good enough for the sixth place finish. 

“Cedric jumped like a stag out there,” owner Margaret Duprey commented. “He has all the heart in the world, and loves his job. He is young enough that this is only the beginning for him, and I think that we are going to have a wonderful Winter Equestrian Festival, too.”

Olympia brings out some of the world’s most avid competitors, promising an enticing competition in a battle of the best. It is apparent that Kraut and her top mount Cedric, owned by Cherry Knoll Farm, are ready for the rapidly approaching Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Kraut is on par with her athletic line-up of horses, and is leaving nothing to chance as she heads to Wellington to defend her turf at home.


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