Kraut Wins $10,000 Classic Hosted by JustWorld International
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.
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. Canadas
Chris Pratt of Terra Cotta, ON, gave it his best shot aboard Susan
Granges Rivendell, a nine-year-old Westphalian gelding, but
one rail down ended his bid for the win.
final rider into the ring, Sydney Olympian Laura Kraut pulled out
all the stops to shave almost two full seconds off of Dello Joios
time, clocking in at 36.30 seconds.
knew I had to go all out to catch Normans 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!
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.
Kevin Babington, one of JustWorld Internationals 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
further information on JustWorld International, please visit www.justworldinternational.org
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Laura Kraut receives the Jump for a Just World
Trophy from JustWorld International Executive Director, Jessica
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