Valkenswaard, The Netherlands – June 06, 2021 – Laura Kraut (USA) had a stellar weekend competing at the Longines Global Champions Tour CSI 5* and , both held at the Tops International Arena. On Saturday, the American teamed up with Jos Verlooy (BEL) to win the Global Champions League of Valkenswaard CSI 5* defending the colors of the Monaco Aces. On Sunday, Kraut and Haley flew to victory in the €26,200 Grand Prix CSI 2*.
Riding the 9-year-old bay Dutch Warmblood gelding (Quality Time TN x Manhattan), the American reigned supreme in the jump-off, overcoming 20 other combinations and all the 1.45m obstacles flawlessly in the decisive phase, crossing the finish line in 38.54 seconds.
The second spot on the podium was claimed by Olivier Philippaerts (BEL), who guided Dagada des Grevis (Cardento x Heartbreaker) towards the second-fastest clear jump-off effort, stopping the final timers at 38.79 seconds.
Marc Houtzager (NED) and Sterrehof’s Edinus (Padinus x Columbus) rounded out the top three with no penalties in 38.98 seconds.
Final Results – €26,200 Grand Prix of Valkenswaard CSI 2*
1) Laura Kraut (USA) & Haley – 0 / 0 – 38.54
2) Olivier Philippaerts (BEL) & Dagada des Grevis – 0 / 0 – 38.79
3) Marc Houtzager (NED) and Sterrehof’s Edinus – 0 / 0 – 38.98
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