Hometown: Royal Palm Beach, Florida
Discipline: Show Jumping
Laura Kraut’s illustrious career began when she received her first riding lesson at three-years-old. Encouraged by their mother, Carol, Kraut and sister Mary Elizabeth took riding lessons together throughout their childhood and still work together today. While Kraut trains and competes around the world at the highest levels of show jumping, Mary Elizabeth manages the business side of things.
For almost three decades Kraut has represented the U.S. at Olympic Games, World Championships, and in numerous Nations Cup competitions. Kraut’s first big break came in 1992, when she was named an alternate to the U.S. team for the Barcelona Olympic Games. Eight years later she would make her Olympic Games debut in Sydney.
Kraut earned her first team medal as part of the U.S. team at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, where she and Miss Independent helped bring home a Team Silver medal.
In 2008, Kraut and Cedric defied gravity and expectations at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong. They won the 2008 USEF Olympic Games Selection Trials, jumping clear in the first round and never looking back. At the Olympic Games, Cedric was stellar in the team portion of the competition and was an integral part of the Gold medal-winning effort for the U.S.
A passion for horses and equestrian sport runs in the family for Kraut, as her teenage son, Bobby, is an avid competitor in the jumper ranks. Based in both Florida and Britain, Kraut and her longtime partner, legendary British show jumper Nick Skelton, run a successful training business. She is an ambassador for Just World International, the charitable foundation established by former equestrian rider Jessica Newman, which is dedicated to humanitarian causes.