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Laura Kraut and Paludineau lead USA to victory in Mexico Nations Cup.

Laura Kraut and Paludineau lead USA to victory in Mexico Nations Cup.

Yesterday was Nations Cup Day in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. One of the more exciting things was the USA beating the defending champions from Mexico in the jump-off. In fact, it was Laura Kraut who ensured victory for her home country.

Mexico and the United States were tied until the last round. Laura Kraut was the last starter with Paludineau. There will be a clear round and a playoff between the two teams. A rejection and Mexico would have won. As in the first round, Kraut and Paludineau delivered: double zero. They were the only pair to win that day. Further.

Only one pair per team had to ride the jump-off. Mexico had Eugenio Garza Perez with the twelve-year-old OS mare Contago. Arranged by Garnet Obolensky. Kraut and his great Balu du Rood son again competed for the United States. Both pairs were zero. But in 39.43 seconds, Kraut and Paludineau were faster than the Mexican duo in 42.13 seconds.

With this, Kraut ensured victory for his teammates. With him on the team, Kent Farrington rode ten-year-old Camilfo plus son Landon (4/0) and Bliss Hears and Jessica Springsteen rode their veterans Antidote de Mars (Diamond de Semilli, 4/8) and Don Juan van. D Donkov (0/4).

Besides Eugenio Garza Perez and Contago (4/0), Mexico was represented by Nicolas Pizarro, Pia Contra (Contagos, 4/0), Federico Fernandez (Lando, 0/4) and Manuel Gonzalez Dufrane in Romeo. Hortensia Van Leeuwerk (4/0).

A total of six teams started. The Canadian team, led by its captain Ian Miller, finished third with a total of 20 penalty points. Tiffany Foster (Quatros, 4/0) in Hamilton, Sarah Tyndale (Lord Z, 8/8) with Kino, Erin Ballard (Spartacus, 4/0) in Gagir’s saddle and Mario Deslauriers riding his proven Bartolina (Clarimovale, 4/12).

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Fourth place is Chile (28), followed by Argentina (60) and Colombia (84).

Don’t give any pressure…

You can get an idea of ​​Laura Kraut’s performance and how much pressure she was under by reading team manager Robert Ridland’s words: “When Laura rode into the second lap, I told her: ‘We need two clear laps. You, start now!’ I didn’t count on your first one. We had already decided that if she cleaned up, she would go to the jump-off.” And so it happened.

Laura Kraut was the best advisor for her ride against the clock, teammate Kent Farrington, or Master of Foster. Laura Kraut: “We watched Eugenio ride, and as I rode the course, Kent said: ‘Your normal speed is good enough.’ Then when I started, I rode a touch faster than usual.

She knows who she owes it all to: “I couldn’t be happier with him. He could be the horse of my life. And that’s saying something because I’ve had some incredible horses,” said Nick Skelton’s partner.

Think Cedric, his team Olympic champion in 2008. Or the team gold ceremony at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon. Or Miss Independent, Kanfu and whatever their names are. Baloutinue did not have her for long. Almost exactly two years ago she took it from Adam Prudent. Six months later, they made a decisive contribution to the silver medal for the United States at the Olympics in Tokyo. Likewise, the likes of Jessica Springsteen and Don Juan Van de Donkov.

All results of CSIO5* in Mexico can be found here.

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Dominique VermanTeacher

Studied Political Science at St.GEORG since 2006. As a young man, he trained with Hans-Georg Zerlag, Michael Sattertopult and riding master Hubertus Schmidt on the horse he developed himself. Responsible for excellent game and horse breeding. In the press conference of CHIO Aachen, EM Riesenbeck and the horse fair Equitana commented for NDR on television.