About Laura Kraut About Laura Kraut About Laura Kraut

About Laura Kraut


For almost two decades, Laura Kraut has represented the United States in the Olympic Games, World Cup Finals, and Nation’s Cup teams.

 Laura Kraut's childwood memories

All of this began when her mother, Carol, gave Laura her first riding lesson as a small child. Laura’s sister, Mary Elizabeth, also loved riding, and almost forty years later the sisters still work together to fulfill their childhood dream of discovering, training and competing the best show jumpers in the world. Mary Elizabeth manages the horses, staff and barn while Laura trains and shows her current grand prix horses while seeking out talented young horses to bring along.

 laura baiding a pony

After a successful 2009 winter in Wellington, Florida, Laura and the horses returned to Europe for the summer. Kraut and Anthem has a successful start by winning the 2009 Grand Prix of Madrid, repeating their 2007 victory. Cedric will be Laura’s Nations Cup horse for competitions in La Baule, Rome, St. Gallen, Rotterdam and Aachen.

2008 was a remarkable year for Laura and her team. Kraut and Cedric competed in the US Olympic trials held in Wellington, Florida. As Cedric was only ten years old at the time, Laura entered him in the trials for the experience, but they went on to win and earn a place on the 2008 Beijing Olympic Team.

In August the pair traveled to Hong Kong and where Cedric continued to amaze everyone by winning the Team Gold Medal.

While Laura’s focus was having Cedric ready for the Olympic Games, she was also busy on her other horses. During the spring of 2008 Laura and her long-time partner Anthem traveled to North Carolina where they won the $500,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte. After successfully representing the US on several Nations Cup teams during the summer, Laura and Miss Independent went on to end an amazing year with Grand Prix wins in Brussels, Geneva, and London’s Olympia.

Kraut has long been known for her positive outlook and sportsmanship. This attitude was recognized outside the equestrian world in 2003 when Laura was the recipient of the United States Olympic Committee’s Jack Kelly Fair Play Award.

 laura  Laura Kraut's sister, Mary Elizabeth  Laura and Miss Independent
Laura and Miss Independant Laura's sister, Mary Elizabeth Laura, Miss Independent
and Georges Morris

Established in 1985 to honor the late USOC President John B. (Jack) Kelly Jr., the award is presented to an athlete, coach or official for an outstanding act of fair play or sportsmanship during the past year. While a member of the USET team in the Dominican Republic, Laura’s horse suffered a slight injury that would not have caused it to fail a veterinary inspection, but might have effected the outcome of the competition for the team. In order for the U.S. to qualify for the 2004 Olympic Games they needed to do well in the Dominican Republic, so Laura withdrew and the alternate competed. Laura wanted to support her teammates- so instead of catching the next flight home, she became the team assistant and cheered them on as they went on to win the gold medal and qualify for the Olympics in Athens.

Throughout her career Laura has achieved great success with many different horses. One of Kraut’s strongest attributes is her ability to form partnerships with her horses by sometimes adapting her style to fit a horse’s way of going its best. “From the time I was seven, I knew this was what I was going to do,” Kraut said of devoting her life to the show jumping. “The challenge is finding a horse and creating a partnership that results in success.”

An important highlight in Laura’s life not to be forgotten is the birth of her son Bobby in 1999. Bobby has traveled the world with his mother and has started to compete himself with several wins in Wellington, Florida during the winter of 2009.

Career highlights

Date Event Place/Horse

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Laura and Miss Independent Laura With Anthem


$75,000 Adequan CSI 2*, Wellington, FL, 1st Place/Cedric
$150,000 Spy Coast FEI World Cup Grand Prix, Wellington, FL,1st Place/Cedric
$500,000 FTI Grand Prix, Wellington, FL, 1st Place/Cedric
CSI 3* Table A Wettenhall, GBR, 1st Place/Teirra
CSI 3* Wettenhall Grand Prix, GBR, 1st Place/Teirra


Nations Cup Wellington, FL, Team 1st Place/Cedric
$150,000 CN US Open, Wellington, FL, 1st Place/Cedric
$500,000 FTI Consulting Finale, Wellington, FL, 2nd Place/Cedric
$25,000 Suncast 1.50 Classic, Wellington, FL 1st Place/Olmifon d’ As
FEI Nations Cup Rotterdam, NED, Team 1st Place/Cedric
CSI 5* Chantilly Grand Prix, FRA, 1st Place/Cedric
FEI Nations Cup Aachen, GER, Team 3rd Place/Cedric
CSI 5* GCT Grand Prix, Valkenswaard, NED, 1st Place/Cedric
Brussels 5* Comp IV, BEL, 1st Place/Cedric


150,000 euro Grand Prix of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, 1st/Anthem
FEI Nations Cup St Gallen, SUI, Team 1st Place/Cedric
FEI Nations Cup Rome, ITA, Team 1st Place/Cedric


US Olympic Trials, Wellington, FL, 1st/Cedric
Beijing Olympics, Hong Kong, Team Gold/Cedric
$500,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, 1st/Anthem
Masters Class, Antwerpen, Belgium, 1st/Miss Independent
Brussels Grand Prix, Brussels, Belgium, 1st/Miss Independent
Credit Suisse Grand Prix, Geneva, Switzerland, 1st/Miss Independent
Olympia, London, England, 1st/Miss Independent


CSIO *****Madrid, Madrid, Spain, 1st/Anthem
CSIO ***** Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1st/Anthem
CSI *** Belfast, Belfast, Ireland, 1st/Anthem
CSI*** Hachenburg, Hachenburg, Germany, 1st/Cedric


World Equestrian Games Team Silver, Aachen, Germany Miss Independent
Samsung Super League Team Silver, Miss Independent


$75,000 Cosequin Florida Open, Wellington, FL, 1st/Miss Independent
$60,000 Lincoln Idle Dice Classic, Wellington, FL, 1st/Anthem
Samsung Super League Team Member, Baule, France, Aachen, Germany, team 1st
Rome, Italy, Hickstead, England, team 2nd/Anthem & Miss Independent
$100,000 Washington International President’s Cup, 1st/Anthem


$75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa CSI-W, Tampa, FL 10th/Allegiance
$25,000 WEG Challenge Cup Round 8, Tampa, FL 10th/Allegiance
$50,000 Samsung Nations Cup, Wellington, FL 2nd/Allegiance
$60,000 Idle Dice Challenge, Wellington, FL 6th/Allegiance
$25,000 WEF Challenge Series, Wellington, FL 6th/Allegiance
$25,000 National Speed Stake, Wellington, FL 4th/Liberty
Super League Team Member


Presidents Cup Grand Prix, Washington, DC 2nd/Quickstar II Z
Budweiser Grand Prix de Penn National, Harrisburg, PA 2nd/Anthem
Grand Prix of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 1st, 2nd/Wet Paint
$25,000 New Albany Grand Prix, Albany, NY 1st/Quickstar II Z
$150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix, Bridgehampton, NY 7th/Allegiance
$25,000 Sally Hansen Grand Prix, Bridgehampton, NY 2nd/Quickstar II Z
Russell Fortune Grand Prix, Zionsville, IN 1st/Quickstar II Z
$40,000 Kentucky Classic Grand Prix, Lexington, KY 3rd/Milano
$25,000 Lexington Classic, Lexington, KY 5th/Milano
$100,000 American Jumping Classic, Kings Mills, OH 4th/Anthem
BMO Financial Group Nations Cup, Calgary, Canada 3rd/Anthem
Pan American Games Selection Trial 4 4th/Anthem
$50,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix, Lexington, KY 4th/Anthem
$100,000 U.S. Open CH CSIO****, Wellington, FL 4th/Allegiance
$75,000 Florida Open CSI***/W, Wellington, FL 8th/Anthem
$75,000 Zada Enterprises Grand Prix CSI***, Wellington, FL 2nd/Anthem
$25,000 WEF Challenge Series, Wellington, FL 2nd/Allegiance
$50,000 Idle Dice Classic, Wellington, FL 5th/Anthem
$25,000 Kilkenny WEF Challenge Cup, Wellington, FL 3rd/Allegiance
$25,000 WEF Challenge Cup II CSI, Wellington, FL 4th/May
$25,000 WEF Challenge Cup I CSI**, Wellington, FL 6th/Liberty
USOC Jack Kelly Fair Play Award
World Cup Final, Las Vegas, NV Tie 5th/Anthem


World Cup Final, Leipzig, Germany 17th/Anthem
Grand Prix, Rome, Italy 2nd/Anthem
Bank of Montreal Nations Cup, Calgary, Canada 1st/Anthem
Pennsylvania Big Jump, Harrisburg, PA 1st/Allegiance
Grand Prix of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 1st/May
$200,000 Atco Power Queen Elizabeth ll Cup, Spruce Meadows,
Calgary, Alberta, Canada 2nd /Liberty
Samsung Nations Cup, Lucerne, SUI 1st (tie)/Liberty
$105,705 Loro Piana Grand Prix, Rome, Italy 2nd/Anthem
Samsung Nations Cup, Wellington, FL Team 1st
$25,000 Jaguar/Land Rover WEF Challenge Cup 1st/Anthem
$200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, Tampa, FL 2nd/Anthem
$25,000 WEF Challenge IV, Wellington, FL 1st/Anthem


Samsung Nations Cup, Royal Winter Fair-Toronto, Ontario, Canada 1st/Anthem
Budweiser Grand Prix de Penn National, Harrisburg, PA 1st/Anthem
$50,000 Budweiser Grand Prix of Indianapolis, Zionsville, IN 1st/Liberty
$100,000 Cosequin US Open Jumper Championship, Wellington, FL 1st/Liberty
$75,000 American Jumping Classic, Kings Mills, OH 1st/Anthem
$50,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix, Lexington, KY 1st/Liberty


Olympic Games, Sydney, Australia Team 6th/Liberty
$125,000 Budweiser Grand Prix of New York, New York, NY 3rd/Anthem
$50,000 Budwesier Grand Prix De Penn National, Harrisburg, PA 1st/Anthem
$100,000 Rolex/U.S. Show Jumping Championship, Gladstone, NJ 1st/Liberty
$100,000 Cosequin Wellington Finale CSI-W, Wellington, FL 2nd/Liberty
Olympic Selection Trials, Gladstone, NJ, the Oaks/Blenheim
& Del Mar, CA 3rd/Liberty
$100,000 Mayor’s Jewelers U.S. Open Jumper Championship,
Miami, FL 2nd/Liberty
$50,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix, Lexington, KY 1st/Simba Run
$30,000 Kentucky Grand Prix, Lexington, KY 1st/Athletico


Nortel Queen Elizabeth II Cup, Calgary Alberta, Canada 1st/Simba Run


$30,000 Motor City Grand Prix, Detroit, MI 1st/Classified


$50,000 Budweiser Indianapolis Grand Prix 1st/Simba Run


$35,000 North American Grand Prix 1st/Felix
$30,000 Kentucky Spring Classic, Lexington, KY 1st/Simba Run


Alternate, Olympic Games, Barcelona, Spain Simba Run


$50,000 Sweet Charity Farm Grand Prix, Carmel, IN 1st/Athletico

 laura Kraut and US team  laura Kraut
Super league Laura With Cedric
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Cedric Nocturnal