Laura Kraut and Cedric Claim the Second Place for the RWE Preis von Nordrhein-Westfalen at CHIO Aachen

02-Jul-2013

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 Farms’ 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 www.globalchampionstour.com/events.

Photo Credit: Laura Kraut and Cedric continued their success at CHIO Aachen 2013 earning the second place in the RWE Preis von Nordrhein-Westfalen on Friday, June 28, 2013. Photo Courtesy of Client. This photograph may only be used in relation to this Phelps Media Group press release.