Articles: Press Release
Kraut wins at Spruce Meadows
Marty Bauman (508) 698-6810, email@example.com
Joanna Smith (908) 234-1251, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gladstone, NJ-September 8, 2001-The U.S. winning streak continued at the
Spruce Meadows Masters (CSIO Spruce Meadows) Friday, as U.S. Equestrian
Team (USET) Sydney Olympic veteran Laura Kraut won the $75,000
(Canadian) "Flight to the Finish" grand prix on Anthem.
Kraut, of Oconomowac, WI, went early in a 10-horse jump-off, and was too
nervous to watch the rest of the class after setting a mark of 40.684
seconds with a clear round.
"I wasn't confident at all. I just went as fast as I possibly could and
figured that if I were lucky, I would jump a double-clear and maybe end
up in the top three," said a thrilled Kraut.
Her biggest opposition turned out to be four-time Belgian national
champion Ludo Philippaerts with Verelst Otterongo. He finished in 41.243
"I started off too slow," he admitted.
The other American in the tie-breaker, Schuyler Riley of Wellington, FL,
was sixth on Ilian with a clean round in 44.407 seconds.
In other classes Friday at the show in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Rich
Fellers of Wilsonville, OR, took two blue ribbons. He won the
Weyerhauser Cup with Andy, beating himself on another mount, Inishmor.
He also was first with McGuinness in the Atco Noise Management Cup.
The show continues Saturday with the Bank of Montreal Nations' Cup,
being contested by teams from seven countries.
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selects, trains, equips and finances equestrians of the highest possible
standard to represent our country in major international competition,
including the Olympic Games and the World Championships. To accomplish
this the USET seeks out and nurtures the development of talented
athletes - riders, drivers and horses - and provides the support and
guidance they need to help them attain their fullest potential. For more
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