The American rider Laura Kraut eclipsed with her speed the first class of the CP National Horse Show CSI4* in Lexington. (Photo © Taylor Renner)
The American rider Laura Kraut eclipsed with her speed to win the first FEI class of the CP National Horse Show CSI4* in Lexington.
Introducing herself to the 14-year-old mare Whitney (Indoctro x Concorde) owned by St Brides Farm, two-time US Olympic medalist Laura Kraut secured 50 World Ranking points by dominating a speed class with 46 pairs in course designed by Canadian Michel Vaillancourt.
Marking a distance of 50 hundredths of a second against his countryman Devin Ryan, the world number 25 Laura Kraut managed to show the way on such a demanding journey to add her first FEI victory since June 9 and left the stage ready for the day of tomorrow, where two important classes will be playing.
In case of Devin Ryan completed his course in 61.52 seconds with the 10-year-old gelding Cooper (Unaniem x Baloubet Du Rouet) and for third place British rider Amanda Derbyshire recorded a time of 62.04 seconds with her 11-year-old mare Lady Maria BH (Cartani x Corrado I).
The home riders were responsible for occupying the fourth and fifth place too for the top five, where Andrew Ramsay accompanied by the 10-year-old mare Cocq A Doodle (Tolan R x Niagara) finished in 64.21 seconds and Katherine Dinan with the 10-year-old gelding Tarioso Manciais (Arioso du Theillet x First Bride) did in 64.72 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking three-time Brazilian Olympic medalist Rodrigo Pessoa completed a 4 fouls round next to the 9-year-old stallion Chaganus (Chacco-Blue x Carthago) owned by Euro Stables, being ranked 22nd. Roberto Terán from Colombia did not have an effective day with the 12-year-old gelding Brilliant du Rouet (Balou du Rouet x Caretani Z) totaling 20 fouls in 45th place.
With regard to the two best seed riders, world number 1 and Pan American Ranking leader Kent Farrington completed a course without major hurry along with his 11-year-old mare Gazelle (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Indoctro) in time of 87.77 seconds with 7 fouls in 30th position. It was not the case of world number 2 McLain Ward, who marked a time of 66.82 seconds with the 10-year-old mare HH Callas (Albatros x Quattro B), but knocked down a pole to ending 17th.