Kraut, Madden added to US Olympic long list

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Laura Kraut, pictured on Woodstock O
Laura Kraut, pictured on Woodstock O. © Ben Radvanyi

US showjumpers Laura Kraut and Beezie Madden have been named to the country’s show jumping long list for the 2012 Olympic Games in London later this year.

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Ad Hoc Committee on Selection, in consultation with Chef d’Equipe George Morris and Team Veterinarian Dr. Tim Ober, voted unanimously to name Kraut and Madden, on Cherry Knoll Farm’s Cedric and Coral Reef Ranch’s Coral Reef Via Volo respectively to the long list.

Selectors have the discretion to recommend up to five combinations for the Long List before the conclusion of the Selection Trials. The horses and riders do not necessarily have to have completed any selection trials.

Earlier this month, McLain Ward was named to the long list with Antares F and Sapphire after it became clear he would be unable to compete in the selection trials because of injury. Ward suffered a compound fracture of his patella in a fall in January.

The Selection Trials run from March 21-24 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida, in conjunction with the USEF National Show Jumping Championship.

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