Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA – October 28, 2022 – Olympic gold medalist Laura Kraut (USA) headlined the feature class on Friday, October 28, at the 2022 Washington International Horse Show CSI 5*-W, presented by MARS EquestrianTM. She and Calgary Tame, owned by Eugenie Angot and Stars and Stripes, outraced the field to win the $75,000 Speed Final CSI 5*-W.
Kraut and the 10-year-old chestnut Selle Français gelding (Old Chap Tame x Kashmir van’t Schuttershof) sped through the course, designed by Bernardo Cabral (POR), in the faults-converted format. They left all the jumps up, adding no time to their finish in 57.13 seconds.
Fellow U.S. Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward (USA) rode his speed specialist Catoki (Catoki x Caretello B), owned by Ward, Bob Russell, and Marilla Van Beuren, to a faster initial time of 56.40 seconds, but four faults left them with a final time of 59.40 seconds for second place.
Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Out of the Blue SCF (Verdi TN x Cassini I), owned by Spy Coast Farm LLC, were third in 59.85 seconds.
Kraut credited Calgary Tame’s natural speed and sticking to the plan that was best for her horse.
“McLain probably has the faster horse, but I didn’t really leave too many doors open,” conceded Kraut. “Maybe when I got launched over the plank, in that turn is probably the only place where someone could have gotten me. I think McLain did. He was faster, but just had one down.”
Kraut, who won the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington Grand Prix at the 2019 WIHS with Fleurette, was excited to return to the show.
“I’m just thrilled that the Washington International Horse Show is back in the Washington area,” she remarked. “I think that they’ve done a magnificent job of making it feel really special. I’ve never been to this venue before, so I’m really impressed. I know how hard everyone works for the show, and I really hope that it will continue to grow here.”
Final Results – $75,000 Speed Final CSI 5*-W
1) Laura Kraut (USA) & Calgary Tame – 0 – 57.13
2) McLain Ward (USA) & Catoki – 0 – 59.40
3) Shane Sweetnam (IRL) & Out of The Blue SCF – 0 – 59.85
Source: Press Release from Jump Media for the Washington International Horse Show
Photos: © Shawn McMillen Photography