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Kraut and Skelton on top in Toronto

Friday, 11 November 2011

Laura Kraut and Woodstock. Photo by Ben Radvanyi.Partners Laura Kraut and Nick Skelton took top honours finishing first and second respectively in the $31,000 International Jumper Top Score in Toronto yesterday. Since Kraut and Skelton are partners, the logical question was “Who picked the plans tonight?” “I was never very good at math!” Laughed Skelton who rode Unique. “You try and plan the best route and hope it works out.” Kraut, who finished up 10 points to the better at the end of the night explained: “I wasn’t going to do his course, but when I watched him do it, I decided to switch. But I noticed that both times, he bypassed the 40 point fence en route between two jumps. Since my horse is very young and inexperienced, I thought it would be better to just jump the 40 point fence and give him a nicer approach to the next jump, and it gave me ten extra points, which worked out quite well for me.”  

Top Five in the $31,000 International Jumper Top Score
1. Laura Kraut / USA / Woodstock O / 1280
2. Nick Skelton / United Kingdom / Unique / 1270
3. Harrie Smolders / NED / Udo D.V. / 1250 / 55.23 seconds (tie)
4. Leslie Howard / USA / Lennox Lewis 2 / 1250 / 56.54 seconds (tie)
5. Dermott Lennon / IRE / Loughview Lou Lou / 1240

Source: Press release from the Royal Winter Fair/Michelle Dunn

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