Olympic veterans Laura Kraut and Cedric jumped to victory on the grass field at The Stadium at the PBIEC on Sunday afternoon in the $25,000 ESP Spring 2 Grand Prix. Competing in the second week of Equestrian Sport Production's spring horse show circuit, the 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Chambertin x Carolus Z) owned by Cherry Knoll Farm, Inc., out-jumped a field of top competitors for a solid win to conclude the 2012 Florida circuit.
Thirty-six starters jumped the course set by David Ballard of Canada on Sunday and nine were able to go clear to jump off. Three entries jumped double clear to earn top honors. Showing over the short course, Laura Kraut and Cedric were first to jump off, and their clear round in 40.188 seconds set the standard and would go unbeaten for the win. Lauren Hough and Robin Parsky's Blue Angel cleared the course in 41.361 seconds to earn the second place prize. Margie Engle and Elm Rock LLC's Royce finished third with a clear round in 41.928 seconds.
"The class was great," Laura said. "It was more horses than I expected. I had to leave to make a flight, so unfortunately I did not get to watch any of the jump-off, but it was a nice class. I just found out that I won, which was really fun because I really thought that I would only be fourth or fifth. It was a really nice course. It did exactly what I was hoping to do, which was to give him a nice, strong round and just check his fitness level before I go to Lexington."
This is Kraut and Cedric's first win since Margaret Duprey and Cherry Knoll Farm purchased the gelding in February. Kraut was happy to represent the new ownership with a win, and Duprey proudly accepted the prize on her behalf.
Final Results: $25,000 ESP Spring 2 Grand Prix
1. CEDRIC, LAURA KRAUT, CHERRY KNOLL FARM, INC: 0/0/40.188
2. BLUE ANGEL, LAUREN HOUGH, ROBIN PARSKY: 0/0/41.361
3. ROYCE , MARGIE ENGLE, ELM ROCK LLC: 0/0/41.928
4. MONSIEUR REVERDY, VICTORIA COLVIN, VICTORIA COLVIN : 0/4/36.926
5. CREME BRULE, LAUREN TISBO, TEQUESTRIAN FARMS, LLC: 0/4/38.634
6. DIKTATOR VAN DE BOSLANDHOEVE, SHANE SWEETNAM, SPY COAST FARM, LLC: 0/4/39.518
7. WAUW, JUAN ORTIZ, JUAN ORTIZ: 0/4/39.960
8. AX-CENT, KENNETH BERKLEY, RIVERS EDGE: 0/4/41.230
9. DANA, CANDICE KING, LOUISBURG FAR: 0/4/41.537
10. OPAL DU GOLFE, MARIE HECART, ECURIE MICHEL HECART: 4/82.694
11. WATERLOO, SCHUYLER RILEY, M. MICHAEL MELLE: 4/82.784
12. SIRI, SHANE SWEETNAM, SPY COAST FARM, LLC: 4/82.931
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