Laura Kraut and Deauville S Claim Turf Tour Grand Prix at Carben Farm

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Laura Kraut and Deauville S. PC: Brooke Giacin/Equinium Sports Marketing

Wellington, Florida (March 22, 2017) – In another outstanding week of competition on The Ridge Palm Beach Series, US Olympic Team Gold Medalist Laura Kraut bested a large field of Grand Prix competitors to capture victory in the $15,000 1.40m Turf Tour Grand Prix, held on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2017. Celebrating the greenest holiday of the year with a day of show jumping on the verdant grass field at Carben Farm in Wellington, Florida, Nona Garson and George D’Ambrosio welcomed Low, Medium, and High Schooling Jumpers, 1.25-1.30m divisions, and the 1.40m Grand Prix as part of their centerpiece series, the Turf Tour.

Envisioned as utopian throwback to old world show jumping on the grass, the Turf Tour is the highlight event of the Palm Beach Series, which hosts 13-weeks of competition from January through April 1. Full divisions of hunter and jumper classes run at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in tandem with the Turf Tour, Hunter Derby Days, and USEF Equitation Tuesdays events each week, Wednesday to Sunday, to create the entire Palm Beach Series experience.

During this, the second to last week of full competition, some of the best riders in the industry as well as juniors, young riders, amateurs, pony riders, and aspiring professionals, trotted through The Ridge’s in-gate to test their skill over courses in a variety of levels and divisions.

Friday’s Turf Tour saw non-stop show jumping action. Following a morning 1.25-1.30m class topped by Andrew Bourns and Charming Girl, Todd Minikus and Maharaja Del Juncal, owned by Two Swans Farm, set the pace in the afternoon’s 1.40m Grand Prix, going double clear with a jump off time of 39.419.

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Todd Minikus and Maharaja Del Juncal (Photo courtesy of Brooke Giacin/Equinium Sports Marketing)

The technical yet versatile course set by FEI ‘O’ course designer Leopoldo Palacios yielded a total of 9 first round clears and four double clears. Ireland’s Daniel Coyle aboard Susan Grange’s Farona and Canada’s Jaclyn Duff with her own Pater Noster went double clear to finish second and third, but no one could catch Laura Kraut and Deauville S, owned by Old Willow Farm, who streaked around the course to capture the win on a jump off time of 35.014.

More shots from the March 17 Turf Tour Grand Prix:

(All photos courtesy of Brooke Giacin/Equinium Sports Marketing)

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The 2017 Palm Beach Series

The 2017 Palm Beach Series includes 13-weeks of hunter, jumper, dressage, and equitation competition, including a diverse offering of divisions and classes, National and International USHJA Hunter Derbies, a weekly 1.40-1.45M Grand Prix and $5,000 1.30m Open Stake, USEF Equitation Tuesdays hosted at The Ridge at Wellington, and the exceptional venues and all natural surfaces on the Turf Tour.

With the series’ main grounds at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, just two miles from Wellington’s center, the Palm Beach Series also offers stabling packages which include a covered arena, multiple all weather arenas, permanent barns, and a variety of amenities for horses and riders.

For more information on the 2017 Palm Beach Series, including full schedules, prizelists, and entry blanks, visit

The Ridge Farm
The Ridge, which is based out of New Jersey in the summer and Wellington in the winter, hosts a unique and diverse show circuit owned and organized US Olympic showjumper Nona Garson and George D’ Ambrosio. With a resume that includes the 1998 World Championships and 2000 Olympic games, wins at the Nations Cup Finals at Spruce Meadows, and multiple leading lady rider titles at Aachen, Royan, Gijon, and Helsinki, Garson founded The Ridge as an elite hunter, jumper, and equitation paradise for riders of all levels.

Her hands on experience at the top international levels and effective teaching style make her a sought after clinician and coach. Along with a team of industry experts, she launched The Ridge’s show circuits, which include the Spring Series, Summer Spectacular, Asbury Classics, and Palm Beach Series, as well as a number of schooling shows. In their design, the shows were meant to provide a haven to nurture young horses and developing riders on an elite circuit with world-class amenities paired with a laid back, relaxed atmosphere.

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