Laura Kraut and Cedric jumped to victory over 48 starters in the $78,000 Adequan Grand Prix in Wellington on Sunday.
At the halfway point in the class, nine had jumped clear over the first round course. Seven more clear rounds followed to leave 16 horse and rider combinations to jump-off. Of the 16 entries in the jump-off, just two were able to clear the course. Nick Skelton and Unique were first to jump clear and clocked in at 51.02 seconds to finish in second place. Kraut and Cedric went last, and stopped the clock in 45.11 seconds for the win. Finishing in third place, McLain Ward had one rail down with Rothchild.
Laura Kraut's mount Cedric is a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Chambertin x Carolus Z. The pair has had a fantastic career together including playing an integral part of the United States' efforts to earn a Team Gold Medal in the 2008 Olympic Games. Cedric is just coming back from time off after competing in Europe in December and Kraut thought he felt great for his first Grand Prix back.
"I was surprised; I was in the very fortunate position of going last, so I got to see the absolute mayhem that was going on," Kraut laughed. "You would have never guessed that people would have that many rails in the jump-off. I knew if I just cantered around clear, the worst I was going to be was second. It was an easy position to be in.”
"He felt great today," Kraut continued. "He felt fresh and happy. He's had a long break. After WEG, I gave him almost two months off and then I jumped in two shows (Paris and Brussels), and then he's had time off since then. He's feeling really confident and good."
Commenting on the large number of clear rounds over the first round course, Ward commented, "Still, the most successful horse in the class won, so something was right. The odds on favorite at the beginning of the class won."
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Source: Press release from equestriansport.com by Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.