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All of this began when her mother Carol, gave Laura her first riding lesson as a small child. Laura’s sister, Mary Elizabeth, also loved riding, and almost forty years later the sisters still work together to fulfill their childhood dream of discovering, training and competing the best show jumpers in the world. Mary Elizabeth manages the horses, staff and barn while Laura trains and shows her current grand prix horses while seeking out talented young horses to bring along.

After a successful 2009 winter in Wellington, Florida, Laura and the horses returned to Europe for the summer. Kraut and Anthem has a successful start by winning the 2009 Grand Prix of Madrid, repeating their 2007 victory. Cedric will be Laura’s Nations Cup horse for competitions in La Baule, Rome, St. Gallen, Rotterdam and Aachen.

During the spring of 2008 Laura and her long-time partner Anthem traveled to North Carolina where they won the $500,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte. After successfully representing the US on several Nations Cup teams during the summer, Laura and Miss Independent went on to end an amazing year with Grand Prix wins in Brussels, Geneva, and London’s Olympia.

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