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Stories from a Featured Rider - Get To Know Laura Kraut


Laura Kraut in a Jumping Competition

For nearly two decades, Laura Kraut has donned the signature red jacket of the United States Equestrian Team while representing the stars and stripes both at home and abroad. Based out of Wellington, Florida, Kraut is one of the most decorated jumper riders in US history. Her impressive resume includes a gold medal from the 2008 Olympic Games, a silver medal from the 2006 World Equestrian Games, numerous Nations Cup teams and World Cup finals.

At any given time, Kraut has 25 to 45 horses in her training program. Best known for her partnership with Olympic champion superstar Cedric, Kraut is currently developing the careers of several aspiring international level horses. As one of her most competitive mounts and with a recent win at the American Gold Cup, Kraut is hopeful Andretti S will one day fill Cedric’s shoes as her top international competitor.

In addition to competing herself, Kraut is also proud to train a handful of up and coming top level jumper riders. One thing that makes Kraut’s program a little different than others is she is based both in Europe and in Florida, spending about half the year operating out of each. Many of her students join her on the trip to Europe and also compete abroad.

“When possible when we are in Europe I try to get invites for my students to compete at the same international competitions I am participating in,” remarks Kraut. “However, when that isn’t possible - either my sister or partner, Nick Skelton, will take my students to different venues to compete.” Skelton, a highly decorated British show jumper, is a legend in the sport, with hundreds of Grand Prix wins and an Olympic Gold medal to boot.

When it comes to developing Kraut’s feeding program, it’s a family affair. “My sister Mary Elizabeth manages the horses for me, both at home and on the road,” says Kraut. Kraut’s feed room currently stocks Legends® CarbCare® Balancer Pellet, Legends CarbCare Performance and Legends GastroTech® Supplement. While in Florida this past winter, Southern States® feed reps came out to Kraut’s farm and helped select the right feed for each horse’s need.

Laura Kraut standing upon the 1st place winner's podium.

“I had been with another feed company forever. I was cautious about making the switch to Southern States,” shares Kraut. “But since I made the change this past winter, I have been thoroughly impressed with how hands-on the Southern States team is. I have a great team from Southern States behind me.”

With a schedule that frequently keeps Kraut and her horses on the road traveling, especially while in Europe, Kraut has been thrilled with how well her horses maintain their body condition and coats on Legends feeds. “We really put them to the test with all the travel week in and week out in Europe and they have been thriving on their feed,” explains Kraut. To keep Kraut’s mounts in top condition while abroad, Southern States has been shipping over feed to Europe to ensure her horses stay on the top of their nutrition game.

Being at the top of her game for 15 plus years is one of Kraut’s proudest achievements. “Of course being part of an Olympic gold medal team is wonderful, but I’m so proud of the success and longevity I have had in this sport,” explains Kraut. “I have a fabulous team between my sister, Nick, grooms, staff and customers.”

As Kraut has her eyes on the prize looking towards 2016, Southern States is honored to be part of her extended team. We look forward to cheering her on as she competes on the Longines® Global Champions Tour and aims towards the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Best of luck to Laura and everyone who is on Team Kraut!

Have questions about the best feed recommendations for your animals? Contact your local store or Southern States specialist and we'll be happy to help you find the solutions that meet your needs. You may also contact our Customer Service Support Coordinator directly for your specific feed questions. This special customer service line is available Monday-Friday 8AM - 5PM EST. The direct line number is 1-888-221-8987 and you may also reach our specialists by email at sscfeedquestions@sscoop.com.


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