Ella Kraut Wins Show Jumping Hall of Fame Style of Riding Award at 2022 Hampton Classic Horse Show
Ella Kraut of Devon, NJ, was awarded the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Style of Riding Award at the 2022 Hampton Classic Horse Show. The Style of Riding Award is presented to the Junior Jumper rider who best exemplifies the American style of equitation, as modeled by Show Jumping Hall of Famers such as Conrad Homfeld and Joe Fargis.
Kraut, who is trained by Frank Madden and his team at Capital Hill Show Stables, competed with several horses in the High Junior/Amateur Jumper division, including the $25,000 Agneta and Brownlee Currey Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic, a member event of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series. Kraut finished fourth in the Classic with her 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare Nakia. She also rode Pablo Mejia’s 9-year-old Selle Francais mare Dream De San Isidro through the division, including the $10,000 Lugano Diamonds Junior/Amateur Welcome Stake.
Prior to competing at the Classic, Kraut and Nakia competed at the North American Youth Championships in early August. She and Dream De San Isidro also had a sixth-place finish in the $25,000 Grand Prix of Princeton at the Princeton Summer Welcome in July. Additionally, Kraut was a 2021 New England Equitation Championships finalist with Ruby Ransco’s 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding Topper and ASPCA Maclay finalist with Holman Imports LLC’s 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Ironman.
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Style of Riding Award has been awarded to an impressive list of riders who have gone on to have highly successful careers. Previous winners include: Aimee Aron (2004), Brianne Goutal (2005), Julie Welles (2006), Beacon Hill Partners (2007), Victoria Birdsall (2008), Michael Hughes (2009), Karen Polle (2010), Samantha Schaefer (2011), Meg O’Mara (2012), Katherine Strauss (2013), Lucy Deslauriers (2014), Sophie Simpson (2015 & 2016), Coco Fath (2017), Tanner Korotkin (2018), Ned Cunniffe (2019), and Zayna Rizvi (2021).
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame was organized to promote the sport of show jumping and to immortalize the legends of the men, women and horses who have made great contributions to the sport. The Show Jumping Hall of Fame is located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Plaques honoring those who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame can be seen at the Horse Park’s Rolex Stadium. Mementos and artifacts from the sport’s history are on display as part of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame collection at the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Wheeler Museum at the Horse Park.
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame conducts the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series with classes at approximately 80 horse shows each year. The Series hosts separate divisions for junior and amateur riders in two Conferences – the East Conference presented by Rood & Riddle and the West Conference presented by LAURACEA – and follows Grand Prix rules and specifications. The Series is designed to give amateur and junior riders the opportunity to compete at higher levels and serves as a proving ground for many riders who aspire to represent the United States in international competition. Each month the Series honors the one rider and one horse who earn the most points in Series competition that month with the Rider of the Month Award Sponsored by Charles Ancona and Horse of the Month Award Sponsored by Lisa Seger Insurance.