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Laura Kraut
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Laura Kraut
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Hometown: Royal Palm Beach, Fla.

Birthday: 11/14/1965

Sport/Disciplines: Jumping

Laura Kraut’s illustrious career began when she received her first riding lesson at the age of three. Encouraged by their mother, Carol, Kraut and sister Mary Elizabeth took riding lessons together throughout their childhood and still work together today. 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 1992 Olympic Games. Eight years later, she made 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. Kraut was named to her third WEG in 2018, where she was a member of the gold-medal winning NetJets U.S. Jumping Team. As part of the WEG Tryon 2018 observation event period, she and Zeremonie placed third in the Prize of VBR at CHIO Aachen and were members of the NetJets U.S. Show Jumping team that tied for bronze in the FEI Jumping Nations Cup The Netherlands at CHIO Rotterdam in June. In addition, they were members of the U.S. team for the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Ireland. Based in both Florida and Great Britain, Kraut and her longtime partner, legendary British show jumper Nick Skelton, run a successful training business. Mary Elizabeth also heavily contributes to the 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.