Practical Horseman Podcast: Laura Kraut

The international jumper talks about her past Olympic experiences, training her top horses and her thoughts on the sport.

This week’s episode of the Practical Horseman Podcast, sponsored by Zoetis, is with Olympic jumper Laura Kraut.

Kraut was a guest on the Practical Horseman Podcast back in 2020. She has remained at the top of the sport and was named to the U.S. Jumping Team Short List for the 2004 Olympic Games back in April. No matter how team selection unfolds, Kraut has prepared for an exciting summer season with her horses.

For some background on Kraut, she represented the U.S. team at the 2000, 2008, and 2020 Olympic Games and was the team alternate at the 1992 and 2016 games. Kraut partnered with Cedric to earn team gold in 2008 and with Baloutinue to earn team silver in 2020. She competed on U.S. teams at three FEI World Equestrian Games, collecting team silver with Miss Independent in 2006 and team gold with Zeremonie in 2018. In addition, Kraut has been on numerous Nations Cup teams over the years, and she and Baloutinue helped the NetJets U.S. Jumping Team place third in the Longines League of Nations Ocala back in March.

In our discussion, Kraut talks about her three top mounts, Baloutinue, Bisquetta and Dorado 212, sharing their personalities and training routines, as well as her thoughts on the sport in general.

Laura Kraut rides Baloutinue, one of her mounts named to the U.S. Jumping Team Short List for the 2004 Olympic Games. | ©Sportfot

About This Episode’s Sponsor, Zoetis

This week’s Practical Horseman Podcast is sponsored by Zoetis. Every equestrian competitor knows a great performance horse score requires the right balance of preparation, feel and focus. It also requires a happy, healthy horse. Zoetis has been supporting horses, riders and veterinarians for more than 70 years. From Core EQ Innovator® and Fluvac Innovator® EHV-4/1—vaccines that can be administered by your horses’ veterinarian—to a stall-side testing kit called Stablelab® that your vet can use to measure Serum Amyloid A levels in less than 10 minutes. Be sure to visit or follow @Zoetis Equine on Facebook and Instagram to learn more.