Articles: Press Release
Laura Kraut Wins $10,000 Classic Hosted by JustWorld International
Mason Phelps, Jr. of Phelps Media Group, Inc. at (561)753-3389 or at
Wellington, Florida - American Olympian Laura Kraut topped an
international field to win the $10,000 1.50 meter Classic, Hosted by
JustWorld International, during the CSIO**** United States Cosequin
Finale in Wellington, FL, on Saturday, March 13, 2004. JustWorld
International is a not-for-profit, humanitarian organization founded in
2002 to prepare and empower students to become visionary leaders and
work for social justice.
Four riders bested the tough track set by course designer Jose Gamarra
of Bolivia to advance to the shortened jump-off. The first rider into
the ring, Norman Dello Joio of Wellington, FL, posted a second clear
round in the jump-off riding Peace Train. His time of 38.06 seconds
held as fellow American Schuyler Riley clocked in at 39.44 seconds
riding South Beach Stables' Nottingham. Canada's Chris Pratt of Terra
Cotta, ON, gave it his best shot aboard Susan Grange's Rivendell, a
nine-year-old Westphalian gelding, but one rail down ended his bid for
The final rider into the ring, Sydney Olympian Laura Kraut pulled out
all the stops to shave almost two full seconds off of Dello Joio's time,
clocking in at 36.30 seconds.
"I knew I had to go all out to catch Norman's time, but I had no idea I
had gone so fast," said Kraut of Oconomowoc, WI. "My mare is a little
small and has a very short, choppy stride, so sometimes you feel like
you are going faster than you actually are. I really was surprised, my
horse is amazing!"
Kraut was aboard Joyous, a 10-year-old bay Holsteiner mare owned by the
Summit Partners. One week earlier, Kraut and Joyous finished as the
runner-ups in the same competition.
Ireland's Kevin Babington, one of JustWorld International's rider
representatives, also enjoyed a clear trip with Sydney but one time
fault for exceeding the 77-second time allowed kept him out of the
jump-off. Georgina Bloomberg of New York, NY, posted the fastest four
fault round riding Nadia to finish in sixth position.
Working in partnership with Stadium Jumping Inc., organizers of the
Winter Equestrian Festival, JustWorld International was proud to host
the final 1.50 meter Classic competition of the Wellington Equestrian
Festival winter circuit.
"We saw a great field of international competitors in the JustWorld
competition today," noted Newman, 28, who retired from grand prix
competition in order to concentrate her efforts on JustWorld
International following her experience working with street children in
Honduras. "I am so excited to see how this came together, and three of
the top six riders have already committed to donating a portion of their
earnings to JustWorld. I also think that instead of the usual idea of
competing against each other, we saw how this competition could help to
bring people together."
"We would like to give special thanks to Gene Mische and the wonderful
staff at Stadium Jumping who have been so supportive of our efforts and
have allowed us to use their world-class event to showcase the efforts
of JustWorld International," added Newman.
Every competitor in the 'Jump for a Just World' event was given a
JustWorld t-shirt and many gave a portion of their prize money to
JustWorld International. In recognition of her victory, JustWorld
International Executive Director Jessica Newman presented Kraut with a
cooler and trophy.
"It is nice to know that Jessica and her organization is doing all of
this work in order to help others, and it does make the win more
special," noted Kraut.
Following the competition, Belle Herbe Farm hosted a reception in honor
of the international riders, trainers, owners and sponsors participating
in the CSIO event. At its first JustWorld International fundraising
event, a 'Jump for a Just World' Training Show held in January, over
$97,000 was raised in support of the organization.
JustWorld International offers fellowship programs for students from
around the globe to learn leadership skills, the tools that they can use
to make a positive difference in the world. With seven project sites
already located in such underprivileged nations as Cambodia, Rwanda and
Chile and several other project sites awaiting funding, students have
the opportunity to work for change in a wide variety of environments on
behalf of JustWorld International.
For further information on JustWorld International, please visit
For complete results visit www.stadiumjumping.com
2004 WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL TICKET INFORMATION
Show days for the 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival are Wednesday through
Sunday. Gates open at 8:00 am. Ticket Prices: Wednesdays are free to
everyone; Children 12 and under are admitted free every day; Young
Adults 13 to 18 and Seniors are $5 on Thursday through Sunday; Adults
are $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and $15 on Sunday. The
Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club is located on Pierson Road off South
Shore Boulevard. For additional information, visit
www.stadiumjumping.com or call
2004 WEF SCHEDULE OF COMPETITIONS
March 10 - 14 CSIO United States Cosequin Finale CSIO***
March 18 - 21 Zada Enterprises WEF Dressage Classic
(Qualifier for Olympic Selection
March 24 - 28 Tampa Bay Classic CSI-W (Bob Thomas
March 30 - April 3 Tournament of Champions CSI-W (Bob Thomas
April 3 Budweiser American Invitational
(Raymond James Stadium)
WEF 2004 MILLION DOLLAR GRAND PRIX SERIES
March 12 $50,000 Samsung Nations' Cup, presented by CN, CSIO****
March 14 $100,000 Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Championship,
March 28 $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, presented by Kilkenny/ICH,
April 3 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, Presented
by Publix and The Tampa Tribune
CHARLOTTE JUMPER CLASSIC CSI****, Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC
April 9 -11 Charlotte Jumper Classic CSI****
April 11 $150,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte For the Charlotte