Laura Kraut Earns Back-to-Back Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Awards at WEF

Wellington, Florida, USA – January 31, 2021 – Laura Kraut (USA) claimed her second consecutive Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award on Sunday, January 31, during week three of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL.

Kraut was the highest-placed female rider in both the $37,000 FEI Adequan® WEF Challenge Round 3 held Friday and Sunday’s $137,000 CSI3* NetJets Grand Prix.  The U.S. Olympic team gold medalist rode Confu, a 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Contact Me x Cambridge) owned by St. Bride’s Farm, to a second-place finish in the WEF Challenge Cup and produced the fastest four-fault effort to finish fifth in the Grand Prix.

“I’m thrilled to win this award a second week in a row,” said Kraut of claiming the Leading Lady title for the second week in a row.  “It’s quite an achievement.  I always aspire to win the Leading Lady Rider title but having it happen twice in a row is a great accomplishment.  Confu was wonderful this week; I couldn’t ask more of him.”

In recognition of claiming the Leading Lady Rider Award, Martha Jolicoeur and her husband, Dr. Stephen Norton, presented Kraut with a bottle of champagne, a bouquet of flowers, and a gift certificate for a shopping spree at Hunt, Ltd.

Laura Kraut (USA) accepts the Leading Lady Rider Award from Martha Jolicoeur (left) and Dr. Stephen Norton during week 3 of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF)

“It’s great because I received a gift certificate to Hunt, Ltd. last week and I overspent so now this will help me make up the balance,” laughed Kraut, 55, of Royal Palm, Florida, USA.

A sponsor and dedicated supporter of horse sport at WEF for many years, 2021 marks Jolicoeur’s 11th season presenting the Leading Lady Rider Award.  She began presenting the award in 2010 as a way of recognizing female accomplishments in an Olympic sport where men and women compete as equals.  A former competitor herself, Jolicoeur enjoyed a successful international show jumping career before becoming Florida’s number one Douglas Elliman real estate broker.

Throughout WEF, the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award, given in memory of fellow realtor and horseman Dale Lawler, is presented weekly to the high-score female rider based on performances in the weekly WEF Challenge Cup Series and grand prix events.  During the final week of WEF, the Martha Jolicoeur Overall Leading Lady Rider Award will be presented to the female rider who accumulates the most points throughout the season.  So far in 2021, Erynn Ballard (CAN) and Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) have won the Leading Lady Rider Award in addition to Kraut.

Jolicoeur has been serving the Wellington equestrian community full-time since 2005 and specializes in both residential and farm properties.  As part of the elite Douglas Elliman Real Estate Sports and Entertainment division, she offers a wide range of property listings that fit an equestrian lifestyle and beyond. To learn more about Martha W. Jolicoeur, visit and follow her on Facebook and Instagram for a behind-the-scenes look at her available Wellington properties.

Source: Press release by Jennifer Wood / Jump Media for Martha W. Jolicoeur Real Estate

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