Laura Kraut and Cedric at Doha 2013 CSI5*. Photos By: Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour.
Doha, Qatar – November 26, 2013 – It has been a whirlwind of excitement for Laura Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farm’s Cedric during the 2013 Longines Global Champions Tour (GCT). After leading the GCT Series from the start, they played their last pawn at the state-of-the-art Al Shaqab Equestrian Centre in Doha, Qatar during the final event of the GCT. The anticipation continued as they entered into a heated battle of the best, finishing third in the series with 187 points.
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.”
Although Kraut and Cedric did not progress into the second round of the competition, their partnership throughout the GCT proved successful enough to score Kraut a 187-point total and eventually the third place finish. Christian Ahlmann (GER) found his way into the second round with a clean first effort, and although he finished fourth in the final event, he sealed his spot as second in the series. It was Scott Brash (GBR) aboard Hello Sanctos who jumped in the standings from eighth to first place to clinch the Longines Global Champions Tour Series Title.
“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.
“It was an exciting time on Saturday,” Duprey expressed. “I am so proud of Laura and Cedric on a great series this year. After Cedric’s accident in Lausanne, his comeback to jump like a stag at Doha was fantastic. What a pro he is!”
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.”
Laura Kraut and Constable won the Prix Equidia Life International Jumping Competition at the 2013 Jumping Chantilly. Photo Courtesy of Sport Fot.
Chantilly, France – July 27, 2013 – The Longines Global Champion Tour Jumping Chantilly saw a new star emerge last week: Cherry Knoll Farm’s Constable. The competition was fierce at the international horse show Jumping Chantilly France 2013. From July 18-21 the sport’s most renowned riders picked up the reins to compete for the top prizes. Kraut guided Constable to several top rankings in the 6-Year-Old Jumpers, riding to the win in the Prix Equidia Life International Jumping Competition.
The chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding rose to the top of the rankings from the start of the competition. Kraut expertly guided him to the seventh place position in the two-phase Prix Equidia Life International Jumping Competition on Friday, August 19. The gelding took the 1.30m course with ease, snatching the seventh place position with a final time of 38.50 seconds. It became apparent that the duo was only beginning to warm up for the Prix Equidia Life International 6-Year-Old Jumping Competition on Sunday.
“I think he is probably one of the most talented young horses I have ever had, and it probably won’t be until he is 8 or 9 that we try to go out and win a lot, but it was nice in this instance,” Kraut explained. “There were only a few clear and the clear ones in the jump-off each had a rail, so I was able to go around slow and win the final. I didn’t have to push him for time, and he jumped four rounds this week without a rub. I am very proud of him; he is very special.”
Kraut continued, “He is super sensitive, like all of the ones I have. I don’t use spurs or a stick; he is a very quiet ride and is very brave. He is brave about the jumps and he is very adjustable, but very sensitive. He doesn’t try to pull you around or do anything bad. He has the best intentions, he doesn’t try to pull you around, and I am just lucky to have him.”
Luc Musette and Erica Sportello designed Sunday’s course, using 15 efforts to challenge horse and rider alike. The course included an oxer-vertical double combination, vertical-oxer-vertical triple combination, hard rollbacks, bending lines and an oxer-liverpool. It was the jump-off round that would prove to stand the test for the horse and rider combinations. The course began over a vertical set down the diagonal, and then headed to an oxer on the far side of the arena, where they then made a left turn over a second oxer where they then headed through a vertical-oxer double combination. A right turn over a vertical then led riders to the opening oxer of the outside double combination, where riders raced toward the finish line to seal their fate in the rankings.
Kraut navigated Constable to the first place finish in the class, surpassing 14 contenders for the win. She beat out Henrik von Eckermann of Sweden aboard Cassini’s Angel, as well as Abdelkebir Ouaddar and Bacarat de Sainte Hermelle who claimed the third place. Kraut took the win in 51.85 seconds leaving all rails in place, to claim Constable’s first victory internationally.
“It was very testy. I think the ring in Chantilly for the young horses is a difficult ring because it is on a hill with a little bit of a bowl, and is on grass,” Kraut explained. “The course was definitely sizeable, and they used a triple combination and a double on the end, which was a good test. I think it is good for July, for 6-Year-Olds, it is big enough, and it was difficult, but he handled it no problem. He is an experienced in his mind 6-year-old, so I don’t think he needs as much mileage as some of the other horses. I might show him locally in England, but he will have some time to relax before the Winter Equestrian Festival.”
Kraut will continue to show Constable for Cherry Knoll Farm, as she continues to compete among the top-ranked international riders in the Longines Global Champions Tour. For more information on the Longines Global Champions Tour where Kraut currently ranks first, please visit http://www.globalchampionstour.com/events/.
Laura Kraut and Cedric continued their success at CHIO Aachen 2013 earning the second place in the RWE Preis von Nordrhein-Westfalen. Photo Courtesy of Client.
Aachen, Germany – July 2, 2013 – The prestigious CHIO Aachen 2013 welcomed exhibitors to Germany from June 21-30 to compete in a battle of the world’s best. As one of the most popular horse shows in the world, riders are confronted with the finest of the international horse sport, competing in the highest classes with their best mounts. Cherry Knoll Farm’s Cedric, with Laura Kraut in the irons, mastered the difficult courses throughout the week, continuing their consistency throughout their European tour, placing second in the RWE Preis von Nordrhein-Westfalen.
On Friday, June 28, Kraut guided Cedric to the second place position in the RWE Preis von Nordrhein-Westfalen with two double-clear efforts. The 15-year-old Holsteiner gelding laid down an accurate first round course, making good pace and clearing the obstacles with ease, as the pair earned their way into the jump off. Kraut was the 44th entrant, but her position in the list of starters had no bearing on their confidence as they approached the course.
Eighteen out of the 48 competitors cleared the first round; however, Kraut and Cedric were one of only seven to post a double-clear effort. Even more impressively, the pair completed the short track in 39.77 seconds, using their quick pace and agility to nab the second spot just behind Germany’s Ludger Beerbaum and Chaman, owned by Madeleine Winter-Schulze.
Kraut was thrilled with the second place finish, especially after taking the third place in last year’s event. Had Kraut not had to take a few wide turns during the jump off, she would have been able to catch Beerbaum’s time; however, during the press conference Kraut explained, “Cedric jumps a little to the right, so I had to take a couple of turns rather wide.”
Kraut continues to lead the Global Champions Tour rankings after the completion of the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix du Prince de Monaco, presented by HSBC Private Bank. Although Richard Spooner and Cristallo rode to the night’s victory, shaking up the rankings, Kraut continues to lead with 132 points with the world’s number one rider, Christian Ahlmann, sitting in the second place position with 124 points. Edwina Tops-Alexander rode to the third place during the Riviera Grand Prix, now claiming the third position in the rankings, only one point behind Ahlmann. The leader board has narrowed with the world’s leading riders closer than ever on points, adding heat to the already intense competition in Estoril this approaching weekend in Portugal.
Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farm’s Cedric will continue on to Chantilly, France, for Jumping Chantilly 2013 where they will compete among the top-ranked international riders in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix on Saturday, July 20. If their consistency from Rotterdam and Aachen are any sign, there is no doubt that they will wear a target on their back as Chantilly gets underway Thursday, July 18. For more information on the Longines Global Champions Tour where Kraut currently ranks first, please visit http://www.globalchampionstour.com/events/.
Caroline Roffman and Sagacious HF (Stockimageservices.com)
Weber Maintains Lead Following Cones Phase, Roffman Is Second in CDI-U25
Aachen, Germany – Strong performances continue from the U.S. competitors at the 2013 CHIO Aachen. In the CAIO-4 competition, Chester Weber maintained his Individual lead following the cones phase. Caroline Roffman rode Sagacious HF to a second place finish in the CDI-U25 Grand Prix Test, while Laura Kraut had a second place finish of her own with longtime partner Cedric.
Caroline Roffman made quite a statement in Aachen’s Deutsche Bank Stadium with Sagacious HF in the CDI-U25 Grand Prix. With the Hyperion Farm, Inc.’s 14-year-old Royal Dutch Warmblood gelding, Roffman (Wellington, FL) rode a lovely, flowing test with quality piaffe and passage movements. The pair earned a score of 68.953% as the first combination to come down centerline in the Preis der Liselott und Klaus Rheinberger Stiftung class to finish in second place.
In the CDI4* Big Tour competition, Susan Dutta and Currency DC performed the Grand Prix Special in the Lindt-Preis class. She and Tim Dutta Inc.’s 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding moved well between the challenging sequences of movements in the test, earning a 67.042% to finish in sixth place.
Roffman withdrew her own Her Highness O from Aachen CDI4* Intermediaire I competition for veterinary reasons. Roffman, Team Veterinarian Dr. Rick Mitchell, and Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover had the welfare of the horse as top priority.
CAIO-4 competition continued Friday in Aachen with the Prize of Soers cones phase, which counted towards Individual standings, and following its completion Chester Weber remains atop the leaderboard.
Weber (Ocala, FL), driving a team he co-owns with Jane Clark, left all the balls in place but collected 1.19 points for just exceeding the time. The four-time FEI World Championship medalist was the winner of both Wednesday and Thursday’s driven dressage phases and looks to continue his domination in Aachen.
Weber leads the individual standings on a score of 32.39, two points ahead of reigning FEI World Champion Boyd Exell of Australia.
Also competing for the U.S. is Jimmy Fairclough (Newtown, NJ) with a leased team from Koos de Ronde. He stands in 25th place after collecting 22.09 points in the cones on Friday.
Competition continues Saturday with the marathon, which will be the final phase in Individual competition and the second portion of Team competition.
Following Thursday’s driven dressage, the U.S. lies second on a score of 98.5 behind the Dutch Team who lead on 87.29.
Laura Kraut continued her streak of success this summer with a second place finish in Friday’s RWE-Preis von Nordrhein-Westfalen. On Cherry Knoll Farm Inc.’s Holsteiner gelding Cedric, Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, FL) cleared the lengthy sixteen-obstacle course of German course designer Frank Rothenberger with a clean, efficient first round.
She carried that success into an exciting jump-off and put together an aggressive, nimble round, but wasn’t quite able to catch Germany’s Ludger Beerbaum. On Chaman, Beerbaum’s 38.12s effort was almost a half second faster than Kraut and Cedric’s 39.77s round.
Also representing the U.S. were Beezie Madden and Abigail Wexner’s Cortes ‘C’. They had a couple of unfortunate rails down and finished in 27th place (from a field of forty-eight) with eight faults.
The fifth and final discipline hosted at the 2013 CHIO Aachen kicked off Friday, with many of the top eventers from throughout the world going head-to-head. Two of the three phases of CICO3*competition were held as elite combinations performed their dressage tests and went to task over a demanding show jumping track.
The U.S. will head out onto Saturday’s cross country in sixth place with all to play for. The four Land Rover Competition Grant recipients represented the U.S. admirably on Friday in Aachen’s electric atmosphere.
Rotterdam, Netherlands – June 26, 2013 – It was a showdown of the top caliber riders on Friday, June 21, as the 13th leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, presented by Longines, took center stage at the 65th CHIO Rotterdam. Dutch course designer Louis Konickx challenged eight international teams with his course, but the impressive all-female team from the United States did not back down from the challenge. Laura Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farm’s Cedric helped secure a team total of five faults alongside teammates Beezie Madden, Lauren Hough and Lucy Davis. The U.S. took the second place position behind Germany, with only one point separating the two teams.
The U.S. Team had only four faults to their name after Lucy Davis riding Old Oak Farm’s Barron and Beezie Madden riding Abigail Wexner’s Cortes ‘C’ produced fault free efforts; Kraut incurred four faults at the open water the first round, and was able to discard a previously earned eight-fault score from Hough, who was the first to traverse the track.
“We had a little bit of a spook on the line going to the water,” explained Kraut. “Cedric wasn’t spooking at the water; he didn’t even know it was there; he was spooking at these watches that had a shine on them from the light. It scared him and he actually bolted away. I didn’t think I would get him to the water because he was running away, but once he saw the water, he actually aimed back at it. Unfortunately we were at an awkward angle, and it was near impossible to get across.”
With four faults carrying into the second round, the United States fell two points behind Germany and one point ahead of Spain, Switzerland and France. As it happens all too often, the competition began to thin as the rails fell during the second round. The young Lucy Davis rode to two double-clear efforts, pushing the U.S. Team into the top three as they were in final contention with Germany and France.
Hough recovered nicely in the second round with Quick Study, only earning one time fault, and then Kraut was the next to enter the ring. She was able to lay down a beautiful clear effort, even though the display once again caught Cedric off guard. Kraut’s ride to the water was superlative as she expected his unease. The team was guaranteed the score of five or lower, pushing them into the second place position, and possibly the victory.
“Cedric jumped fantastic out there,” Kraut said. “The second round he still spooked again at the watches, but he knew the water was there, so he allowed me to steer him back to it. That time I knew it was coming, the first time he took me completely off guard. He hasn’t done something like that in a really long time; he was extra fresh this week at the horse show, and he was really jumping out there.”
The finish turned into a nail-biting moment for the sport of show jumping. Madden was the final U.S. rider to take on the course, but an eight-fault total secured the team with a total of five faults for the day’s efforts. If Ludger Beerbaum was able to complete the second round course without a rail, Germany would take the win.
Beerbaum took his time around the track, and although his conservancy left all rails in place, it proved suspenseful as the U.S. looked on at the possibility of a jump-off. Beerbaum rode to the final total of two time faults, avoiding a jump-off, and sealing Germany’s win.
“I was very optimistic coming to Rotterdam because I thought we had a great team,” Kraut explained. “Beezie and Lauren looked great, and Lucy is a phenomenal rider. I didn’t know her horse very well, but everyone spoke very highly of it, and they did fantastic. I thought we had a very solid team. We were darn close to winning it – it was tight, but a lot of fun. It was crazy how close it was.”
Later in the week, Kraut jumped to two double-clear rounds during the Grand Prix of Rotterdam. The course, also designed by the Netherland’s Louis Konickx, utilized 16 efforts, and opted for a very tight time allowed of 84 seconds. In the jump off, 10 clear riders were faced with seven obstacles, hoping to find the quickest track and score the win.
Kraut was able to jump clear during the first round course in 82.83 seconds with Cedric, owned by Cherry Knoll Farm, Inc., and soon faced the task of the second round track. Although Kraut was able to leave all of the rails in place and navigate quickly through the course by cutting turns and slicing fences, her time of 34.85 seconds earned the pair the fourth place position.
Germany’s Philipp Weishaupt and Monte Bellini took the victory with their untouchable time of 33.72 seconds, while Roger Yves Bost (FRA) and Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois earned the second place in 34.11 seconds. Kevin Staut (FRA) and Silvana HDC rounded out the top three.
“It was just one of those jump offs, one of the ones where you keep galloping, but the place to leave one out never showed,” Kraut described. “In that company of horses and riders, that just isn’t good enough. I was pleased that he went double clear and earned fourth, but I was hoping to win it since I was second last year. He jumped great though, and I feel very good going into Aachen.”
From Rotterdam, the dynamic duo is heading to the CHIO Aachen 2013 World Equestrian Festival. For more information on the Longines Global Champions Tour where Kraut currently ranks first, please visit http://www.globalchampionstour.com/events/. To keep up to date with the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, please visit http://www.fei.org/.
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Laura Kraut and Cedric rose to the top of the Longines Global Champions Tour rankings yesterday during the Grand Prix of Wiesbaden with a jump-off time of 45.12 seconds. Photo courtesy of the Longines Global Champions Tour.
Wiesbaden, Germany – May 19, 2013 – Laura Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farm’s Cedric rose to the top of the Longines Global Champions Tour rankings yesterday during the Grand Prix of Wiesbaden. Kraut’s winning jump-off beat out two-time Champion Edwina Tops-Alexander and her all-star horse Cevo Itot du Chateau by a mere two tenths of a second. Kraut now sits in the top spot on 77 points, leading the Global Champions Tour standings, and she has her eye set on the fourth leg of the GCT at the Olympic Park in London.
Yesterday saw a first-class lineup of horse and rider combinations in the jump-off, all fighting for the €285,000 in Grand Prix money, but it was Kraut and Cedric who took home the lion’s share.
“It is Cedric’s fourth win on the Global Tour and I am very proud of him,” Kraut stated. “We have a long way to go, but I am just pleased to start off as strong as I have. I am excited about all the upcoming events, London in particular.”
The start list for the third Longines Global Champions Tour boasted 50 of the fastest horse and rider combinations across the globe. The best 18 riders made it through to the second round, and it became clear that the jump-off would see a true battle of the best between top riders Edwina Tops-Alexander, Hans-Dieter Dreher and Laura Kraut. It came down to six in the jump-off, but Kraut and Cedric would prove consistent with their accuracy and speed.
The tension mounted in the stands as the best in the world went neck-to-neck for the coveted championship. Four-time Olympic medalist Ludger Beerbaum took his turn at the short track, clearing all of the obstacles and becoming the pathfinder for the jump-off round. Gregory Wathelet attempted to shave the seconds off of his track, but a slice to the vertical cost him a clean round with a final total of four faults earned.
Tops-Alexander and Itot took over the lead with a fantastic time of 45.35 seconds. Although Dreher gave it his all, he would fall short with a clean round in 46.76 seconds. The tension was palpable as Kraut and Cedric entered the ring. Their performance in the jump-off was the epitome of top riding, demonstrating their long-time partnership as a true bond and understanding throughout their round. They completed the course in 45.12 seconds, never touching a single rail. They captured the victory, and outshined the competition to take the win and stand at the pinnacle of the podium.
“I think it was a good second round course; I had a lot of confidence. I didn’t feel I was that efficient in the jump-off, but I think the mad gallop to the last fence,” Kraut said. “I was a bit lucky; it made the difference. I am very pleased. It is Cedric’s fourth win on the Global Tour and I am very proud of him.”
It was a very exciting event for Team Cherry Knoll Farm as they watched the exhilarating victory unfold. Kraut will continue to compete in the Global Champions Tour, especially excited to show in the approaching leg in London. Kraut plans on staying at the top of her game with Cedric during the approaching legs of the tour. There is no doubt that the talented horse and rider team will stay in peak condition, and be one to watch as she gives her competitors a run for their money.
$10,000 G&C Speed Stake Victory Goes to Darragh Kenny and Delilah; LDM Dramatik and Amy Smith Secure Championship Title in Low Adult 2’6″ Hunters Section A
Wellington, FL – March 1, 2013 – The powerhouse U.S. show jumping team of Kent Farrington, Reed Kessler, Laura Kraut and Beezie Madden earned victory in Friday night’s $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm, at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Teams representing seven different countries participated in the evening’s competition with a win for Team USA over Canada in second and Germany in third.
Week eight CSIO competition runs February 27 – March 3, 2013. The Hollow Creek Farm FEI Children’s, Junior, and Young Rider Nations Cups will be featured on Saturday, March 2. The $150,000 CSIO 4* Grand Prix, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty, will be held on Sunday afternoon. The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival features 12 weeks of competition running from January 9 – March 31, 2013, and will be awarding almost $7 million in prize money throughout the circuit.
Friday’s nights Nations Cup competition consisted of two rounds shown over a challenging course set by Anthony D’Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY. Teams of four represented the countries of Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Germany, USA, Colombia and Venezuela.
After the first round, each team dropped their highest score. In the second round, all seven teams returned in order of highest to lowest total faults. The winner was determined by the lowest total of each team’s top three riders from each round.
The winning team from the United States was represented by Kent Farrington and RCG Farm’s Uceko, Reed Kessler and her Cylana, Laura Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farm, Inc.’s Cedric, and Beezie Madden riding Abigail Wexner’s Simon under the guidance of new Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland.
In round one, Farrington had four faults aboard Uceko and Kessler, Kraut and Madden all jumped clear rounds to lead the way into the second phase of competition. In round two, Farrington and Kessler each jumped clear rounds, Kraut and Cedric had four faults, and when it was determined that the USA could not be beat, the team decided that Madden and Simon did not have to jump. They finished on a two round total of four faults for the victory.
Beezie Madden had a little trouble at the water in round one but still jumped clear for her team. She noted, “I probably had the most interesting round. Other than the water jump, he felt great. He was fantastic. I looked at the scoreboard afterwards; I thought he was clear of it. I knew he hit the box, but that was probably putting it mildly. I was just happy he recovered from that and he finished off with a clear.”
Eighteen-year-old Reed Kessler had her first win as well as her first double clear in a Nations Cup class and was very excited.
“To ride on the home team in front of the home crowd is a really big honor so I’m thrilled that it went the way it did,” Kessler smiled. “Cylana was awesome. She has shown pretty lightly all of circuit to prepare for this. It’s my favorite thing when I ride her to hear the crowd scream and she gets so animated and so wild. When she heads to the first jump, she has total focus. She could not have done better.”
Kent Farrington had a rail in round one but came back strong for the second round. He commented, “I’ve known that horse a little while and our first ride wasn’t our best. Towards the end of the round he just got too strong and he took over at the last oxer. I was actually pleased with how he came back in the second round. He performed more like himself and was more relaxed.”
Laura Kraut had a great night with Cedric and enjoyed winning on home turf.
“I was thrilled with Cedric tonight,” Kraut smiled. “Both rounds he was fantastic. The second round I was maybe a little overly cautious down the last line and he had such a light rub. I think he thinks he was double clear. I think he’s pleased right now. As Reed said, it was very comforting to ride tonight. Normally, I would be very tense about riding in front of the home crowd, but when you have three horse/rider combinations going with you, I felt pretty comfortable that if I did something really stupid they’d be there to back me up. I’m thrilled that we won and I’m really happy for Robert because he was really nervous. He just sort of listened to what we thought we wanted to do and supported us. We’re all getting to know each other and our new system. But I think it worked quite well.”
Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland was very happy with his team and admits to being a little nervous.
“I was told I was pacing a lot,” Ridland laughed. “What do you do? For me, this has been a long journey and great to get here. It was about a year ago that I was named coach and we went through the Olympic trials and all that. At the same time, Furusiyya and the FEI changed the Nations Cup and there are a lot of us that feel this is one of the best things that will have happened to the sport in a long time. It will revive the Nations Cup. We knew this was going to be a really big deal coming in being a qualifier for the Final and we made it a huge priority before the beginning of the year, not only to try to win this, but to be in a good position for the Final.”
Friday night’s Canadian team consisted of Eric Lamaze and Morningside Stud & Torrey Pines Stables’ Wang Chung M2S, Tiffany Foster and Artisan Farm LLC’s Victor, Mac Cone and Chadburn Holdings, Inc.’s Amor van de Rostal as well as Ian Millar and Ariel and Susan Grange’s Dixson with Chef d’Equipe Mark Laskin.
In round one, Lamaze had five faults for a rail and one time fault, Foster and Millar jumped clear, and Mac Cone was eliminated for the drop score. All four riders continued on into round two where Lamaze, Foster and Millar all jumped clear. Mac Cone’s score was once again dropped to leave the team on five faults total for their second place finish.
Third place finisher, Team Germany, included Janne Friederike Meyer aboard Meyer, Friedrich and Anne Sophie’s Cellagon Lambrasco, Johannes Ehning and Nybor Pferde GMBH & Co. KG’s Salvador V, Andre Thieme and his Contanga 3, and Daniel Deusser aboard Stephex Stables & Pedro Veniss’s Cornet d’Amour headed by Chef d’Equipe Dietmar Gugler.
In round one, Germany dropped Ehning’s score of eight and kept Meyer’s four fault score and Theime’s one time fault with a clear round from Daniel Deusser. In round two, Deusser once again jumped clear, Meyer was clear, and Ehning and Theime each had four faults, one of which was dropped. The team finished on five faults from round one and four faults from round two for a nine point total.
The fourth place team from Ireland finished with eleven faults. Other teams included Colombia, who finished on a score of 41 to place fifth, Venezuela, who had a two round total of 48 to finish sixth, and Mexico, who finished on a score of 59 to place seventh.
All in all, there were five double clear rounds for the night, including Reed Kessler, Tiffany Foster, Ian Millar, Daniel Deusser and Cian O’Connor on Splendor. Foster was especially enthusiastic about her performance aboard Victor.
The 2013 season has seen the introduction of a new formula for the FEI Nations Cup. Following a new sponsorship deal with the Saudi Equestrian Fund, this historic series will now be known as the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup. Under the new rules, the world has been divided into six regions for the purpose of qualifying teams for a World Final. The six regions are Europe 1 and 2, North America, South America, Middle East, Asia and Africa.
On behalf of Furusiyya, HH Prince Faisal Al Shalan was present for the class and commented on the evening. “First of all we are very happy for the American team for their win today,” he stated. “They were amazing and they had really good horses coming in. The other teams also performed really well and it was very close.”
“To start off, Furusiyya is a single Arabic word and it is based on embracing the idea of horsemanship, chivalry and equestrian knowledge in general,” he added. “The term is a derivation of ‘faris,’ the horseman and the horse, so it’s a combination of both. In time, Furusiyya will become the brand name under which Saudi Arabian equestrian products will be licensed and marketed. To date, there is a perfume called Furusiyya which is a product for sale in Saudi Arabia. It is our duty in Saudi equestrian to sponsor Saudi equestrian activities for the nobility. Not only in the narrow sense of their history and heritage, but rather in the cultural and behavioral aspects that surround the sport in celebration of the horse. It has instilled chivalry, honor, value and virtue. This is the essence of our mission in the Saudi Equestrian Fund-the connection between horse and rider is universal and we are fortunate that the horse is so noble that they allow us to share their strength and passion.”
Class and weekly sponsor Gustavo Mirabal of G&C Farm also spoke about the evening. “I am very proud to again be the Nations Cup sponsor as well as many FEI classes,” Mirabal stated. “I think we have to do this in America-more FEI classes and more FEI points so we can have more riders in the top of the world. I recognize all of the American riders as amazing riders and people, and I am proud to be the sponsor.”
Also commenting on the class, John Madden, representing the FEI, noted, “I think we witnessed a little bit of history tonight. This is the first Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup here in North America. Last week we witnessed it in Abu Dhabi and we think it’s a really bright future for our sport.”
“I would like to, on behalf of the FEI, thank the USEF as our host federation and ESP, Michael (Stone) and everybody for a great job this evening,” Madden acknowledged. “I think we really have to thank Gustavo and G&C. They really bring the hemisphere together. They bring the Americas together like a family and we really have to thank His Highness Prince Faisal and Furusiyya. Thank you, on behalf of the FEI for bringing the world together.”
Equestrian Sport Productions’ CEO Mark Bellissimo added, “I’d also like to thank the sponsors and His Highness. This is an amazing start of a tradition in the United States and it is great that the U.S. team was able to prevail here. Canada and Germany also did very well and I think we’re just pleased to have top sport in Wellington.”
“I’d like to thank my friend Gustavo Mirabal, who stepped up very early in our ownership of this and has just been an amazing sponsor and supporter through all dimensions of the sport,” Bellissimo said. “It takes great sponsors to elevate the sport in the United States and we hope this is a relationship for many years to come. Again, we thank the FEI and USEF for creating the platform for this great demonstration.”
Darragh Kenny and Delilah Dash to Victory in $10,000 G&C Farm Speed Stake
G&C Farm’s $10,000 Speed Stake was also held on Friday with a win for Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Delilah, owned by Derbypie, LLC. In a field of 35 international starters, Kenny and Delilah completed the fastest of 9 clear rounds in 59.07 seconds. Germany’s Johannes Ehning and Cayenne 162, owned by Winley Farm LLC, finished second in 59.63 seconds. USA’s Reed Kessler and Ligist were third with a time of 61.54 seconds.
Delilah is a 13-year-old KWPN mare by Lancelot x Gracio owned by young American rider Hasbrouck Donovan, who has shown successfully in the junior jumpers. Kenny explained that he has been keeping the mare fit for her rider over the winter and asked if he could use her as a speed horse this week.
“It is a super horse,” Kenny stated. “She is so easy and brave and uncomplicated and careful. She has a huge stride and you can really gallop with her. She wants to win, so it makes my life really easy.”
Commenting on Friday’s class, Kenny noted, “It was a really nice result. I thought it was a really good course for a speed class. There were enough questions and tight turns, but also a lot of galloping. It was really interesting because in a really good speed class you have to be careful about leaving the jumps up too and a good few people at the start had faults. You just had to be a little bit careful and then you had to go pretty quick.”
Kenny is frequently one of the fastest riders in any class and explained that confidence in his horses is key. “I am lucky; I just know how to go fast,” he smiled. “At this stage I have had a lot of practice. It is a simple thing. If you can trust your horses to jump the jumps clear, then speed comes a lot easier. Delilah is so careful and she tries so hard that when I turn back to anything, even if I am not at the perfect distance or even if I am going too fast, I know she is going to try. That makes it easier; it gives you more room to go faster.”
Also showing in the International Arena on Friday, McLain Ward and Tequestrian Farm’s Coco 135 earned a victory in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge. Johannes Ehning and Appearance 2, owned by Nybor Pferde GMBH & Co. KG, triumphed in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class.
LDM Dramatik and Amy Smith Secure Championship Title in Low Adult 2’6″ Hunters Section A
Amy Smith and her newly acquired mount, LDM Dramatik, topped the Low Adult 2’6″ Hunter Section A division during week eight of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Smith and her fourteen-year-old Westphalian mare were fifth and fourth over fences on day one of competition for the division. The pair was second, fourth and first over fences on day two.
Reserve championship honors went to Elizabeth Reed and her own Serenade. Reed and Serenade were third over fences day one and earned a blue ribbon over fences on day two.
Smith bought LDM Dramatik from Lynn Berg only two weeks ago, who was competing the mare in Adult Amateur divisions at the FTI WEF. While their relationship may be new, the pair is clearly a winning match.
“She’s been awesome. Last week, [during World Championship Hunter Rider Week], we were fifth in the classic out of 73 and ninth and eleventh out of 73 in the other two over fences classes,” Smith recalled.
Smith has enjoyed getting to know her new mount as the two continue their success at the FTI WEF. “My horse that I had for six years was totally different from her – it’s like night and day. She stays consistent, while he would change at every jump. If you saw a long one on him, he might go for it or you might chip. I’m adjusting to her well. She makes it easy,” Smith described.
“She’s such a good girl, she’s really right there for you,” Smith continued. “She helps you out and she never changes unless she needs to.”
Smith also praised LDM Dramatik’s way of going for making her so competitive at a high-caliber competition like the FTI WEF. “A lot of it is the way she goes across the ground. She’s just so smooth and she jumps the same style from any distance. She doesn’t stay in the air too long over jumps and she’s got just the right amount of arc. She can cover up your mistakes, also. If you get a little too deep to a fence, she’ll still jump it very well,” Smith explained.
Smith has been competing at the FTI WEF since 1990. She looks forward to her annual trip south from Nashville for more than just the Florida sunshine. “The facilities are beautiful, first of all. The competition is the toughest in the country which makes me ride better. It makes me more competitive,” Smith commented.
“And of course, who couldn’t love being in Palm Beach in the winter?” Smith added with a smile.
Week eight of the FTI WEF, sponsored by G&C Farm, will continue Saturday, March 2, 2013, with the THIS National Children’s Medal 15-17 class in Ring 8 of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The Hollow Creek Farm FEI Children’s, Junior, and Young Rider Nations Cups will be held in the International Arena. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.
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About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded. For more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com.
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Wellington, FL – March 2, 2013 – The International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center was filled with an array of colors on Friday, March 1, when spectators gathered at the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm. Laura Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farm’s Cedric were one of the four pairs to represent the United States, bringing the Nations Cup winning title home to Wellington with a phenomenal win.
In 2012 the United States was faced with a disappointing Nations Cup; however, Kent Farrington and Uceko, Reed Kessler and Cylana, Laura Kraut and Cedric, and Beezie Madden and Simon rode brilliantly over the two-round competition last night, securing the 2013 win for Team USA.
Kraut and Cedric have been long-time partners, and their relationship was apparent under the lights Friday night. The pair showcased the same form and athleticism that helped them clinch the Team Gold for the U.S. during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Kraut piloted the 15-year-old Holsteiner gelding to an impressive first round clear effort. They made the task at hand appear seemingly effortless, and although they did roll the rail from the vertical in the final combination [11A] during the second round, their efforts proved enough for the U.S. to bring the winning title back to their home turf.
“I was thrilled with Cedric tonight; I thought he jumped both rounds fantastic. The second round I was maybe over cautious coming down the last line. He had such a light rub that I think he thinks he was double clear so he’s pleased right now,” Kraut smiled.
Friday’s Nation Cup has become even more important in 2013 with the added pressure of qualifying for the inaugural Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Finals riding on the event. The $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup is also the only CSIO in the United States, and it is the second of the 22 qualifying legs to be held across the globe with the Finals taking place in September 2013. Friday night’s phenomenal performance earmarked a page in history for America as U.S. Show Jumping Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland stepped forward for his first Nations Cup in his recently acquired position.
“Normally I would be very tense about riding in front of the home crowd, but I felt pretty comfortable that they were there to back me up,” Kraut admitted of her team. “I’m thrilled that we won and I’m very happy for Robert because he was really nervous. He really listened to what we thought and what we wanted to do – he supported us. We’re all kind of getting to know each other and our systems, but I think it worked quite well.”
For owner Margaret Duprey, Friday night’s victory was momentous on several levels – the sport and her first Nations Cup as Cedric’s owner.
“It’s very exciting. It was my first Nations Cup, and I am thrilled,” Duprey exclaimed. “All I could think is he’s back! He was having a good time out there and really enjoying himself. It was a great night; I couldn’t be more excited.”
Duprey concluded, “I am really happy for Robert Ridland, too. What a good way for him to start his new position with the USEF. To have this event at home, and be defending home territory with such a great win, is fantastic.”
Cedric is known for his spry jumping, athleticism and quick feet, and was a solid selection for participation in CSIO Wellington FEI Nations Cup. Kraut is on par with her athletic mount, and is leaving nothing to chance as she heads into the International Arena to defend her turf at home throughout the Winter Equestrian Festival. For more information on Cherry Knoll Farm, Inc., please visit http://www.cherryknollfarminc.com/.
Kendall Bierer for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland surrounded by the winning team from the USA, Kent Farrington, Beezie Madden, Reed Kessler and Laura Kraut with HH Prince Faisal Al Shalan. Photo: FEI/StockImageServices.com
Wellington (USA), 1 March 2013 – The host nation secured a convincing win in the second leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2013 series at Palm Beach International Equestrian Centre in Florida, USA tonight. Their final score of four faults belied the fact that Kent Farrington (Uceko), Reed Kessler (Cylana) and Laura Kraut (Cedric) had the result secured without calling on their anchor partnership of Beezie Madden and Simon in the second round, leaving the remaining six teams to battle it out for the minor placings in the closing stages.
Bolstered by foot-perfect performances from Tiffany Foster (Victor) and Ian Millar (Dixon), and despite first-round elimination for Mac Cone (Amor van de Rostel), Canada finished second with a final tally of just five faults, while Germany won through in a battle with the Irish for third place. Venezuela finished fifth, Colombia slotted into sixth and Mexico finished last of the seven competing countries.
Just three nations – USA, Canada and Mexico – are competing for the two available qualifying spots from the North American, Central American and Caribbean League. And the USA now carries the maximum 100 points into the second of the two regional qualifiers at Spruce Meadows, Canada in June where the hosts will be snapping at their heels as they lie just 10 points behind their traditional rivals. For Mexico however it will be a tough ask, as their last-place finish tonight saw them earn just 65 points in the battle for a spot at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2013 Final in September where just 18 teams from the 22 qualifying rounds over seven leagues will line out.
Course designer, America’s Anthony d’Ambrosio, had to create a track that would test the best without over-challenging the less-experienced and, as a testament to his skills, there were many improved performances in the second round.
The double at fence three proved relatively trouble-free, the following oxer hit the floor on a number of occasions but the real pressure began after the wall at fence five with the run to the open water at six followed by a double of vertical to oxer at fence seven. Ridden on a right-hand bending line this penalised a number of competitors whose horses were running too freely, while the water-tray oxer and vertical at fences eight and nine also proved influential. However it was the final line from the penultimate double of flimsy verticals at fence eleven to the final oxer at twelve that spoiled the chances of many who looked set to return perfect scores.
Impressively, Colombia’s Mario Gamboa and Unico demonstrated just how much they had learned on their first tour of the track during which they collected 12 faults when registering a really nice clear second time out.
Already in Control
The Americans were already in control by the halfway stage, with the only blemish on an otherwise clean scorecard the final-fence four faults picked up by their opening partnership of Farrington and Uceko. Germany, Ireland and Canada were all next in line with five faults apiece, the time-allowed of 77 seconds playing its part throughout the competition, while Venezuela had 12 on the board, Colombia had 24 and the Mexicans were already bringing up the rear with 30.
Farrington got it absolutely right second time out, and when 18 year old US sensation Reed Kessler followed with the second part of a fabulous double-clear from her London 2012 Olympic Games ride Cylana, the USA looked fairly invincible already.
Eric Lamaze strengthened Canadian chances when improving from a five-fault first round effort with a clear at his second attempt with Wang Chung M25 who was much bolder this time out, while team-mate Tiffany Foster was double-clear with Victor to hold Canadian ground. German pathfinders Janne Friederike Meyer and Cellagon Lambrasco were fault-free in round two, but Johannes Ehning, a member of the winning German side at this fixture in 2011, lowered the oxer at fence four and when third-line rider Andre Theime and the extravagant Contanga added four faults to their tally it seemed the Irish might take advantage.
But they had become vulnerable when first-line rider Shane Sweetnam withdrew, and although Richie Moloney again picked up just one time fault with Ahorn van de Zuuthoeve and Olympic individual bronze medallist Cian O’Connor completed a double-clear with Splendor, they needed a clear from Darragh Kerins and Lisona to fend off the Germans.
By now, Canadian anchorman and living legend Ian Millar had secured runner-up spot with his double-clear from Dixon which negated another difficult round for Mac Cone, while Daniel Deusser had ensured the final German scoreline of nine faults with his second clear performance of the night from Cornet d’Amour.
The Irish would finish on six faults if Kerins could leave all the fences up, but the very last oxer claimed him as one of its many victims.
It was the first part of the previous double that fell for America’s Laura Kraut, but as she crossed the line with the gallant little grey, Cedric, the crowd erupted in the knowledge that the home team had clinched the Furusiyya honours without even having to call on the services of their final partnership. It was especially significant from a US perspective, as this result brings the host nation onto level pegging with Canada in the roll of honour for this annual FEI Nations Cup clash with five wins each.
The youngest US team-member, Reed Kessler, said afterwards, “It was my fourth time to ride on the team and my first win and my first double-clear in a Nations Cup – I’m thrilled!”
The prodigiously talented young lady, who hails from Kentucky, described it as “a great honour” to compete alongside Beezie Madden and Laura Kraut “because since I was little I’ve always looked up to them,” she said. Kessler has been competing against top US riders since she was 15, but due to her age wasn’t permitted to ride at Grand Prix level until last year when she instantly burst to prominence with Olympic selection. She describes Cylana as “the horse of a lifetime”, and pointed out tonight that although they have turned into an amazing partnership, her early competition experiences with the mare were “a bit of a disaster”.
Talking about their time together she said, “I have her for about a year and three months, she was doing small classes in Switzerland before I got her, she was a speed horse and it took about four or five months for us find our way together. She’s a monster! She has to jump and she has to show – it’s what she loves to do!”
And she added, “Now that I’ve won a Nations Cup it’s really fun – and I’d like to do it again!”.
The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2013 series now moves to Europe where legs will be staged at both Lummen in Belgium and Linz in Austria on Friday 3 May.
Facts and Figures:
The second leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2013 series took place at Palm Beach International Equestrian Centre in Wellington, Florida, USA tonight.
Seven nations competed, but just three – Canada, Mexico and USA – were battling for qualifying points for the Final which will take place at the end of September.
Canada, Mexico and USA are competing in the North American, Central American and Caribbean League and will line out again at the second and final qualifying opportunity for this region at Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Canada in June.
A total of 41 nations will seek a place at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2013 Final.
The series consists of seven leagues with 22 qualifying competitions.
A total of 18 teams will qualify for the Final.
Course designer at Wellington tonight was America’s Anthony D’Ambrosio.
This was the fifth win for the USA at Wellington, and puts the host nation on level pegging with their rivals from Canada who have also recorded five FEI Nations Cup victories at the Florida venue.
Five riders recorded double-clear performances in tonight’s competition – Canada’s Tiffany Foster (Victor) and Ian Millar (Dixon), Ireland’s Cian O’Connor (Splendor), Germany’s Daniel Deusser (Cornet d’Amour) and the USA’s Reed Kessler (Cylana).
Furusiyya “Furusiyya” (Arabic: فروسيه) this single Arabic word conveys so much, embracing the idea of horsemanship, chivalry, and equestrian knowledge in general. The term is a derivation of faris, or horseman, and faras, a horse.
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Longines’ passion for equestrian sports began in 1878, when a timepiece was made with a horse and jockey engraved on the watch face. Over the years, the brand has built strong and long-lasting links with equestrian sports. In 1926, for the first time, the brand was involved as timekeeper for the Official International Equestrian Competition of Geneva. Today, Longines’ involvement in equestrianism includes Jumping, Endurance and flat racing.
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Ivory Coast and Peter Pletcher Triumph in Second Year Green Working Hunter Division
Wellington, FL – January 17, 2013 – Laura Kraut and Jubilee d’Ouilly jumped to victory in the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 2 on Thursday afternoon at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) in an exciting jump-off of top competitors. Last to go in a 24-horse tie breaker with McLain Ward holding the first and second positions, Kraut and Jubilee shaved fractions off of the leading time to win in a dramatic finish.
The second week of FTI WEF competition, sponsored by Wellington Equestrian Realty, will run January 16-20. Highlight events include the $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty CSI2* Grand Prix on Saturday evening and the $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Series Classic on Sunday afternoon. The 2013 FTI WEF runs through March 31 featuring 12 weeks of world-class competition.