Profiles

  • Laura Kraut
  • Competing for: United States
  • From: Wellington
  • Age: 52

Laura began riding at age three in Atlanta, Georgia, after her mother encouraged her and her sister Mary Elizabeth to become involved with horses. The sisters still work together - Mary Elizabeth manages the horses, staff and barn in the USA while Laura trains and shows her current Grand Prix horses. Her mentor is legendary US international show jumper, coach and chef d’equipe, Katie Monahan-Prudent.

"Until about the year 2000, I was based almost solely in the United States. I made the Olympic team in 1992 as the reserve and I had to get a passport to come. I had never left the country. Barcelona was my first trip outside the United States and that was exciting." She is an ambassador for Just World International, the charitable foundation established by former equestrian rider Jessica Newman which is dedicated to humanitarian causes. 

Fast facts

Competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics

2006 World Team Silver medallist with Miss Independent

2008 Olympic Team Gold medallist with Cedric

Competed in the 2010 World Championships

Competed in 8 FEI World Cup Finals

3rd 2013 LGCT Championship

2013 LGCT Wiesbaden Grand Prix winner with Cedric

2003 United States Olympic Committee’s Jack Kelly Fair Play Award for sportsmanship

2016 LGCT Grand Prix of Valkenswaard Silver Medallist with Cavalia