Laura Kraut Leading Open Jumper Rider at the National Horse Show
- November 14, 2017
- By SARA CAVANAGH
LEXINGTON, Ky--Laura Kraut, riding Whitney and Corfu, had one win and two seconds to take the Leading Open Jumper Rider and Leading Lady Rider titles at the National Horse Show in Lexington, Oct. 31 - Nov. 5.
But it was the Irish Olympian Denis Lynch riding RMF Echo who won the final jumping class of the show and the week's top prize, Saturday evening's $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington CSI4*-W.
Nine went clean from the starting field of 40 to make the jump-off, which Lynch won in 36.16 seconds, with Lauren Tisbo of Wellington, Fla., and Coriandolo Di Ribano second in 36.52 and Switzerland's Beat Mändli on Dsarie third in 37.80 seconds.
"I went as quick as I could," said Lynch. "Echo' is a naturally very, very quick horse and he's been unlucky a few times this year where he's been beaten. There have been maybe three or four grand prix events where he's finished second."
"These guys are way more experienced than I am," said Tisbo of Lynch and Mändli. "My horse had a little time off, and we really geared him towards this show, so I'm thrilled with the result."
"Coriandolo Di Ribano goes in a racing saddle," said Tisbo. "He likes it, and he's happy with it so I'm not going to change it. I've had him for about two years in February. He'll be 11 next year. He's the best horse I have, and I really took my time and gave him more than he needed to come back, so he kind of missed a lot this year. I'm really quite pleased with how he's come off his break."