S Olympic Team Gold medalist and one of America’s leading lady riders took back her Longines Global Champions Tour Season lead after finishing 11th in yesterday’s Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Valkenswaard. Jumping a clear first round aboard her 2008 Beijing Olympics Gold medal winning mount Cedric, Laura took back her season lead from Christian Ahlmann, ranked number one in the world, but who failed to qualify for the second round aboard Taloubet Z.
Laura won the Grand Prix of Wiesbaden aboard Cedric and finished third in Madrid aboard her bay mare Jubilee d’Ouilly. “I am thrilled to be back on top. I am disappointed, I wanted to be part of the top three today but I had an unlucky rail. I am honoured to be here.”
We asked Laura what her long-time partner Nick had to say about yesterday’s results. “He was disappointed with me. He said I should have ridden the oxer stronger than I did. I felt I rode the horse as I always do and was unlucky, but I will agree with him to make him happy.”
Laura will quite possibly have other obligations next month as the FEI Nations Cup draws nearer. The USA will certainly be sending a team and riders like Reed Kessler are already planning which Global events they will attend in order to best prepare for the event. It is likely that Laura will be doing the same.
Laura now leads the 2013 Longines Global Champions Tour season rankings by a small margin, over world number one, Christian Ahlmann. Only two points differentiate the two riders so both will be looking to the next leg’s in Lausanne, Switzerland and Vienna, Austria to strengthen their position on the rankings.
Portugal’s Luciana Diniz is in third place and close behind is the legendary Ludger Beerbaum. Yesterday’s winner, Doda Miranda, moves up from eighth position to fifth position overall.
2013 LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR SEASON RANKINGS – Current
- Laura Kraut
- Christian Ahlmann
- Luciana Diniz
- Ludger Beerbaum
- Alvaro de Miranda
- Edwina Tops-Alexander
- William Funnell
- Scott Brash
- Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum
- Michael Whitaker