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.
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, Australia, riding Liberty. In 2008, she was part of the gold medal-winning U.S. team at the Beijing Olympics, riding Cedric.
Kraut and Miss Independent represented the U.S. at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, where the team won silver. She was part of the 2010 WEG team with Cedric, and was named to her third WEG in 2018, where she rode Zeremonie as a member of the gold-medal winning NetJets U.S. Jumping Team.
Additionally, Kraut has been part of the U.S. team at three FEI Nations Cup Finals, including a team and individual bronze-winning effort with Zeremonie in 2016 and on the silver medal-winning team with Confu in 2017.
Recent top results for Kraut include a win at the $230,000 Longines FEI Nations Cup of USA in February of 2020 and the $214,000 Spy Coast Farm Holiday II Grand Prix CSI4* in December 2020 with Confu. With Casco Bay, she won the CSI2* at Opglabbeek, Belgium in August 2020 and the CSI3* at Vejer de la Frontera in Spain in September 2020.
Kraut guided Confu and Goldwin to several top-five placings during the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival circuit, finishing fourth aboard Goldwin in the $137,000 Restylane Grand Prix CSI3* and fifth with Confu in the $137,000 NetJets Grand Prix CSI3*.
Based in both Florida and Great Britain, Kraut and her longtime partner, legendary British show jumper Nick Skelton, run a successful training business.