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THE HORSE & STYLE

Style of Riding Award Horse & Style is thrilled to recognize standout, classic horsemanship and riding style from coast to coast by presenting the Horse & Style, Style of Riding Award – West at the 2015 Longines Masters of Los Angeles, and East at the 2015 American Gold Cup. The Award is given to a rider from each coast who stands out as a respectful, dignified, courteous and workmanlike sportsman. The rider who displays an impeccable American style of equitation in the ring, and sportsmanship outside of the ring, is deserving of the Style of Riding Award.

WEST

EAST

ALEXANDRA CROWN

LAURA KRAUT

A G E : 20

A G E : 49

H O R S E S : Von Cim “Cimi” (10y/o mare), Verona,

H O R S E S : Deaaxville (9y/o gelding), Constable II (8y/o

W H E R E Y O U L I V E : New York City is my home,

W H E R E Y O U L I V E : Home is in Wellington, but I

(10y/o mare), Zafira (11y/o mare), Rahmannshof’s Zwitser “Twizzler” (11y/o gelding), Charley (8y/o gelding), Basic (9y/o mare), Aron S “Aron” (10y/o gelding) but I’m currently in my freshman year at the University of Miami, located in Coral Gables, Florida.

R I D E : I train with Kent Farrington, based out of his barn in Wellington during the winter, then some of the horses go to Europe for a month or so. Between June and mid-July, all of them go to Calgary for Spruce Meadows before going back to Europe for the rest of the summer.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO W I N T H E S T Y L E O F R I D I N G AWA R D ?

It is a huge honor to receive the Style of Riding Award. I broke my wrist this past July at the Global Champions Tour of Chantilly in a bad fall, and couldn’t ride for two months. I started riding two weeks before LA, but only got to jump the weekend before. Leading up to the show, I worked hard to remain in good shape for riding by continuing a weekly workout routine which I believe is an important part of developing my style. I have always looked up to riders such as Kent, Beezie and McLain and greatly admire their style of riding and professionalism. To be chosen for an award that applauds one’s equitation and style in the saddle is a huge compliment!

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gelding), Cedric (17y/o gelding), Andretti (10y/o gelding), Nouvelle (11y/o mare), Zeremonie (8y/o mare); Cavalia (8y/o mare) would also say home is in England too; I spend about half my time in Florida and half my time in England. England is also a touch-base place for me as I’m always flying off somewhere new.

R I D E : I’m currently training American students, Emma

Helse and Emily Moffitt. We show up to 40 weeks a year, with anywhere between 25-45 horses, including students horses and young horses. Sometimes we split up – Mary Elizabeth (Laura’s sister) takes some students to shows, and Nick (Skelton) does too. Since winning this award, Laura helped the United States earn 4th in the Nations Cup Final in Barcelona. At press time she is back in North America for Washington, National Horse Show and Toronto before heading to Europe to wrap up 2015 in Paris and Madrid.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO W I N T H E S T Y L E O F R I D I N G AWA R D ?

It’s always an honor. I’ve won a style award a few times and I’ve also won the American Style of Equitation. As riders growing up in the U.S. our focus is on a correct position, and I’m a big advocate of that. I think the rest of the world is catching up. Style, to me, brings to mind anybody who looks effortlessly put together and it seems to come naturally to them.

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