Laura Kraut withdrew from the U.S. team set to jump in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final in Barcelona, Spain, due to an injury sustained by her anticipated mount for the competition, Cedric.
Cherry Knoll Farm’s 15-year-old Holsteiner gelding, Cedric, fractured a rib at the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Lausanne on Sept. 14th. Kraut got unbalanced when Cedric had to reach over an oxer, and couldn't get back in the tack quickly enough for the next jump. Cedric stopped, and Kraut fell off. “Then he jumped out of the ring and fell down on the pavement,” said Kraut. “They’re saying it’s about three weeks for a fractured rib to heal.”
“Stall rest and a little bit of hand-walking, then really light work,” should see Cedric back in training by mid-October, Kraut said. She doesn’t think he will jump again until the Longines GCT Final in Doha, Qatar on Nov. 23.
“Just as for humans, the ribs are very painful. He has to stay quiet,” Kraut continued. “But in a couple weeks time, I think he’ll be good to go.” As the leader of this year’s Longines GCT series standings, she still plans to compete in Qatar with Cedric depending on his condition.
Cedric was on the U.S. team for the team gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong and also jumped for the United States at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. He and Kraut have been consistent contenders on the Global Champions Tour and won the Longines GCT Grand Prix of Weisbaden (Germany) in May.