Cedric Retires In Emotional Ceremony in Wellington

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Cedric ridden by an emotional Laura Kraut in a farewell ceremony to the 2008 Olympic team gold medal horse for the United States at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 3, 2017–Cedric, the gray pocket powerhouse ridden by Laura Kraut in a career that included United States team gold at the 2008 Olympics, was retired Friday night at 19 years of age.

The Holsteiner gelding whose small size (15.2hh/154cm) made his giant accomplishments the more remarkable, was farewelled in an emotional ceremony at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center before the jumping Nations Cup.

“Cedric has played an incredible role in my life and is undoubtedly my horse of a lifetime!” said Laura, based in Wellington. Laura’s were not the only tears at the farewell in the International Arena.

Cedric was on dozens of U.S. Nations Cups teams as well as the Olympics and the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in more than 300 starts over 12 years with Laura in the saddle at top events around the world. The pair were stars in the early years of the Global Champions Tour, the only combination to win back-to-back events.

Cedric being ridden by Laura Kraut of the United States winning team gold at the 2008 Olympic Games. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Cedric was owned since 2012 by Margaret Duprey’s Cherry Knoll Farm, Inc. of West Grove, Pennsylvania, taking over after the death of owner Peter Wetherill.

Margaret Duprey and Laura Kraut giving a farewell kiss to Cedirc at the retirement ceremony of the Olympic team gold medal horse at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Cebter. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Cherry Knoll has been a major supporter of American dressage, jumpers, hunters and para-dressage.

Todd Flettrich rode the Cherry Knoll-owned Otto on the U.S. dressage team at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and the farm also supported three-time Paralympian Rebecca Hart who was coached by Todd.