Laura Chapot Earns Devon Leading Open Jumper Rider Award and Open Jumper Championship

Laura Chapot in her winning presentation. Photo © The Book LLC.

Devon, PA – May 31, 2014 – The 2014 Devon Horse Show & Country Fair featured its final night of Open Jumper competition under the bright lights of the Dixon Oval on Saturday with a win for Todd Minikus of Lake Worth, FL, and Quality Girl in the $50,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake sponsored by Land Rover/Jaguar of the Main Line. Minikus earned The John Wanamaker Perpetual Trophy for his win and went on to take home the tricolor for reserve champion in the Open Jumper division. Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ guided Mary Chapot’s Zealous to the division championship. Chapot was then honored as the Leading Open Jumper Rider and Leading Lady Rider of the week.

For the Open Jumper Championship sponsored by The Capital Grille King of Prussia, Chapot was presented with The Little Big Man Challenge Trophy, an award which she previously retired and re-donated to the show. As the Leading Open Jumper Rider, an award sponsored by Thos. Moser, she was presented with The Orchard Lodge Perpetual Trophy in memory of Hope Montgomery Scott, donated by the Devon Horse Show Committee and Elizabeth Busch Burke. Chapot also earned the award for Leading Lady Rider in the Open Jumper division and was presented with the Carol Hoffman Thompson Leading Lady Rider Challenge Trophy.

“It’s great,” Chapot remarked of the Leading Rider title. “I have probably won it six times. I think it’s nice because to do that you have to be pretty consistent all week. To be consistent here at Devon and come out on top that many times is not so easy. There are a lot of good people here, and everyone is going to try to win. No one’s practicing in the ring.”

“I think that Devon is special because of the crowd, the excitement, and the atmosphere,” Chapot added. “It entices the horses to perform, and it is just exciting to be here.”

The Leading Lady Rider Award was especially meaningful for Chapot as the award was donated this year by the family and friends of Carol Hoffman Thompson, with whom the rider was very close.

“It is super meaningful. She was a great lady,” Chapot acknowledged. “She was an inspiration to me and helped me out a lot. It is a great honor to be the first name on that trophy. We were great friends, and she and my parents were on the team together. She was always there to lend a hand to anyone. She was a person you could call in the middle of the night and she would be there. She lent me a horse when I needed one for equitation finals one year and gave me advice if I had a question. It is a great honor; it’s great she has a trophy here at Devon, and to be the first name on that is super.”

Catherine Wheeler and CH Swing An Singin. Photo © Doug Shiflet Photography
Catherine Wheeler and CH Swing An Singin. Photo © Doug Shiflet Photography

Catherine Wheeler won the Three-Gaited Saddle Horse Stake Junior Exhibitor class, sponsored by Carol Hillenbrand in memory of Isabel Robson, with CH Swing An Singin, owned by Ceil and Kenny Wheeler. This is the second season Wheeler, of Charlottesville, VA, has competed with CH Swing An Singin. Wheeler noted, “She was really smooth. When she gets in the ring, she really just lights up. When she gets in there, she’s all business and tries hard. You can tell she really likes the show.” This was Wheeler’s second time winning at the Devon Horse Show. “I love Devon. It’s my favorite show. I love the atmosphere and seeing all the different breeds,” she said.

Devon Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Champion – David Gochman’s Empire and Becky Gochman
Awarded The Bond Street Perpetual Trophy donated by Mr. & Mrs. Edgar Scott

Amateur-Owner Hunter Over 35 Champion – David Gochman’s Empire and Becky Gochman
Awarded The Morris H. Dixon Memorial Challenge Trophy
Reserve Champion – KJ Robinson LLC’s Amarillo and Katie Robinson

Devon Leading Amateur-Owner Hunter Rider – Becky Gochman
Awarded The Thorndike Duncan Perpetual Memorial Trophy

The Sambalino Award – David Gochman’s Empire
Awarded The Sambalino Perpetual Trophy presented by The Gochman Family

Devon Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” Champion – Russian Gold and Kimberly Maloomian
Awarded The Jenepher McLean Kelly Challenge Trophy

Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” 18-35 Champion – Russian Gold and Kimberly Maloomian
Awarded The Kelly Lynn Parker Perpetual Trophy
Reserve Champion – Taylor Willever and Whisper

Adrienne Marciano and Laspari. Photo © The Book LLC
Adrienne Marciano and Laspari. Photo © The Book LLC

$20,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic Winner – Adrienne Marciano and Laspari
Awarded The Good Enough Challenge Trophy donated by Wendy Chapot

Amateur-Owner Jumper Champion – Adrienne Marciano and Laspari
Awarded The Goblin Challenge Trophy donated by Mrs. Sieta van Eesteren and daughter
Reserve Champion – Leah de Martini and Elm Rock LLC’s True Love

Leading Amateur-Owner Jumper Rider – Adrienne Marciano
Awarded The Marshall-Hale Perpetual Trophy

Three-Gaited Saddle Horse Stake Winner – Amateur – Ceil Wheeler with Ceil & Kenny Wheeler’s Kentucky Proud
Sponsored by Carol Hillenbrand in memory of Isabel Robson – Awarded The Champion Winter Day Challenge Trophy donated by Walter and Jackie Stred

Three-Gaited Park Horse Stake Winner – Open – Annika Bruggeworth and Revel
Sponsored by Elisabeth Goth

Single Hackney Horse Champion – Mark H. Schofield and Glenn A. Werry, Jr.’s Gosford Soloist
Sponsored by Glenn A. Werry, Jr. – Awarded The Henry G. Vaughan Memorial Perpetual Trophy

Five-Gaited Saddle Horse Stake Winner – Amateur – Allyson Ehle and Nancy Ehle’s Ava Gardner
Sponsored by Willisbrook Farm

Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 Champion – Pony Lane Farm’s Fredrick and Kelsey Thatcher
Sponsored by Courtyard by Marriott – Awarded The James J. Fallon Memorial Trophy
Reserve Champion – Tenerife and Noel Fauntleroy

Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” Over 35 Champion – Isalou, Inc.’s Winner and Daryl Portela
Reserve Champion – Academy Award and Jane Fraze

Local Hunter Section A Champion – Wizard of Oz and Madelyn Wojdak
Reserve Champion – Have a Little Faith and Abigail Davenport

Local Hunter Section B Champion – Gerald Camera’s Biarritz and Jeffrey Ayers
Reserve Champion – Quinn and Catharine Cox

The 2014 Devon Horse Show will conclude on Sunday young horse breeding classes. For full results, please visit

For those unable to attend the Devon Horse Show in person, the final day in the Dixon Oval is being live streamed at

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