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Laura Chapot and Quointreau un Prince Top $35k Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 4

Laura Chapot and Quointreau un Prince. Photos © Sportfot.

 Kim Buzby and Last Dance Continue Success in Bainbridge Green Hunter 3′ Division

Wellington, FL – February 2, 2017 – Laura Chapot (USA) and Quointreau un Prince were victorious in the $35,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 4 on Thursday at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL.

Steve Stephens (USA) set the course for 47 competitors in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), with four horse and rider combinations qualifying for the jump-off. Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Robert Castro’s Caliber 9 placed fourth after withdrawing from the second round.

Chapot and Quointreau un Prince were first to go in the tiebreaker and jumped the only double clear round in a time of 38.67 seconds to take the win. Kent Farrington (USA) and his own and Robin Parsky’s Gazelle were faster, but knocked one rail along the way to place second in 38.49 seconds. Hardin Towell (USA) and Evergate Stable’s Emilie de Diamant AS dropped one rail as well, finishing third with their time of 39.07.

“I am just thrilled with him,” Chapot said of the 13-year-old Selle Francais gelding (Diamant de Semilly x Rosire) that she owns in partnership with McLain Ward. “Going first is always a little difficult, but I felt like I had a good plan with him. He just really rose to the occasion and jumped super today.”

First to go in the jump-off with two very fast riders to follow, Chapot knew that she needed to set a big challenge. She used her experience from last week’s grand prix, in which she finished fourth riding ISHD Dual Star, as motivation.

“I felt like Saturday night my horse was jumping great, and maybe I just did not do the best round I could,” Chapot stated. “I played it a bit too safe, so today I was really ready to go in there and try to win the class. I did not want to leave the door open again.”

Chapot has ridden Quointreau un Prince since the gelding was five years old and spoke further of the horse that she now knows so well.

“He has been a super horse for me his whole life,” she described. “He has won a ton of grand prixs. He won the first grand prix of the circuit down here last winter. He is just a horse that really enjoys his job. He is funny because he is really just a show horse. He does not care too much to go out and exercise or do flat work. He is very quiet at home, but when he enters the show ring, he is a totally different horse.”

Also competing in the International Arena on Thursday, Molly Ashe (USA) and Louisburg Farm’s d’Arnita won the $8,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m jump-off class. The $2,500 High Amateur-Owner Jumper speed, sponsored by Engel & Völkers, saw a win for Sarah Bagworth (CAN) riding Goldfinger vd Hengstenpoel.

Kim Buzby and Last Dance Continue Success in Bainbridge Green Hunter 3′ Division

Also taking place on Thursday, the Bainbridge Green Hunter 3′ division concluded with Kim Buzby of Chester Springs, PA and Last Dance besting a field 34 for champion honors. Buzby and Last Dance were also champions of the division at WEF during week two and reserve champions during week one. This week, the pair won two over fences classes and earned a fourth-place ribbon in another.

Kim Buzby and Last Chance

Last Dance, owned by Elizabeth Frankel, is a coming six-year-old Westphalian gelding by Last Man Standing. Frankel purchased the gelding in July of 2015 and soon encountered some bad luck.

“He got hurt a week after we bought him,” Frankel detailed. “He just pulled a shoe and injured himself, so we gave him time off. Then, when he came down to Florida last year a freak accident happened to his rider and it scared him.

“He came back in the spring of last year, and we started to get him going,” Buzby added. “I showed him in the Baby Greens a little bit. This year, we brought him out in the 3′ Green Hunters, and he’s been amazing. We call him the freak because he jumps like one.”

Elizabeth Boyd of Camden, SC and Freedom, owned Katie Barnette, captured the reserve title in the Green Hunter 3′ division. The pair also won two over fences classes and earned eighth place under saddle. Freedom is a 2010 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Wizzard WV that also shows in the Children’s Hunter division.

The fourth week of WEF continues on Friday featuring the FEI $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m in the International Arena. Also on Friday, the Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search will decide a winner. For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Laura Chapot Stacks the Leaderboard in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

(C) ESI Photography. Laura Chapot and Thornhill Kate.

Saugerties, NY (May 28, 2016): The weekend sounded off with a bang at HITS-on-the-Hudson I, and there was no shortage of excitement in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix.

Four horses and riders returned to test the jump-off course, designed by Marina Azevedo of Campinas, Brazil, in Friday’s class. It was once again Neshanic Station, New Jersey equestrian Laura Chapot and her mount Thornhill Kate who swept the field to garner their second blue ribbon this week after a $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome win.

“I always enjoy coming to HITS Saugerties to see what’s new and improved,” said Chapot after her victory. “The course designer did an excellent job; it was a mixed field with great horses, some youngsters and also very good riders. There were challenges in all parts of the course, and there wasn’t one specific area that came down for everyone.”

The first to return to the jump-off were the winners themselves, Chapot and Thornhill Kate, co-owned by Mary Chapot. They started off on a gallop, moving efficiently through the shortened course – Chapot made the decision to cut between a combination to the last fence, which shaved crucial seconds off the clock. They passed the timers fault-free in 42.199 for the eventual win.

“My mare is very fast naturally, so I want to keep her as level-headed throughout the course as I can, while keeping her on a steady rhythm,” said Chapot of Thornhill Kate.

Leslie Burr Howard of Darien, Connecticut and Up and Blue Chappelle, owned by Peter Howard, followed Chapot. A rail at the mid-course combination kept them from the lead with a time of 46.722, ultimately placing them fourth for their efforts.

Next to contend was Christine McCrea of East Windsor, Connecticut and Wannick WH, owned by Candy Tribble & Windsor Show Stables, Inc. McCrea came in third in Wednesday’s Brook Ledge, and was hungry for the blue ribbon. She and the gallant bay stallion powered through the course, opting for the outside track around the combination to the last fence. They clocked in clear at 43.461, which would capture second place.

The final rider with the chance to take the lead was Chelsea Moss of Medford, New Jersey aboard Calida, owned by Stormfront Stables, LLC. Moss and Calida crossed the timers without fault in 46.350, just enough to edge out Howard and claim the third place prize.

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Laura Chapot Tops Large Field in $75,000 Rosenbaum Mollengarden PLLC Grand Prix at WEF

Laura Chapot and Quointreau un Prince. Photos copyright Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – January 17, 2016 – The first week of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) wrapped up on Sunday afternoon with the highlight class of the week, the $75,000 Rosenbaum Mollengarden PLLC Grand Prix. A large starting field of 52 entries contested the first round course, and 17 of those advanced to the jump-off. It was the always speedy Laura Chapot (USA) who came out on top of the results with Quointreau un Prince, owned by Chapot and McLain Ward. Abdel Said (EGY) and AS Sport Horses’ Hope van Scherpen Donder were second, while Molly Ashe (USA) rode Balous Day Date for Louisburg Farm to third place.

WEF continues in its second week, sponsored by Marshall & Sterling Insurance, on January 20-24.

In the grand prix jump-off, Chapot counted on her long partnership with Quointreau un Prince, a 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding by Diamant de Semilly x Rosire. She has ridden him since he was seven years old. With age, Quointreau has learned how to go fast.

“Now he’s a real competitor,” Chapot said. “We did the 1.40m jump-off class the first day, and he hadn’t jumped since Harrisburg. He walked in the ring, and he felt like he was right back in the game from the start. He really stepped up today and was right there every step of the way.”

The riders were competing over a course designed by Eric Hasbrouck (USA). With the large jump-off field, Chapot said, “It kind of throws any kind of strategy out the window.” She added, “You just have to go the best you can. There were no playing games; everyone was giving it a go. The leader at the time was already very fast.”

Chapot and Quointreau lowered the winning time to 26.265 seconds in the jump-off for victory. Said and Hope van Scherpen Donder were second in 27.082 seconds, while Molly Ashe and Balous Day Date were just behind in 27.694 seconds. Fourth place went to Filip de Wandel (BEL) on Gentley in 28.156 seconds, while Andrew Kocher (USA) rounded out the top five in 28.509 seconds on Ora Del Te Di La San Giorgio.

Chapot and Quointreau won a 1.40m class earlier in the week, giving her a fantastic start to the circuit. “I’m just thrilled my horse started out the circuit so well. It’s better than you could ever imagine, to anticipate that you’re going to win the grand prix on the first week,” she expressed.

For Abdel Said, competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival is a brand-new experience. The rider, who is based in Belgium, first came to WEF last year to watch and decided he had to compete in 2016.

“I have a lot of friends and business partners over here. It’s a very famous tour actually,” he related. “We always follow it. Even when I was in Europe at the Sunshine Tour, I always watched the classes live on the Internet if the time difference would allow it, or I would follow the results. It’s very interesting, with a lot of good riders and horses. Last year I just came to visit for five days to watch my friend Cian (O’Connor’s) horse Good Luck. I had so much fun over here, and I said, ‘Wow. Why are we freezing in the cold in Belgium while this exists?'”

He added, “Everybody is so nice, and I feel very welcome here. I have a business back home and I’ve sold a lot of horses to here. It’s very interesting to come see the horses and follow up. I’m really enjoying it.”

Said brought two horses to WEF and will travel back to Belgium regularly to oversee his operation of 18 horses at home. Hope van Scherpen Donder, a nine-year-old BWP mare by Quadrillo x Balou du Rouet, seemed to fit easily into the Florida scene.

Said has owned her for two years and described her as “an athlete.” He continued, “She’s very fast, and she really thinks with me. She makes my life easy, and she’s very easy in the ring. If I think left, she goes left, and if I think right, she goes right. I think she really enjoys jumping because she’s easiest to ride in the ring. If you see her in the warm-up or flatting at home, it’s not her cup of tea.”

The typey little mare, who stands just 15.2 hands high, takes the grand prix jumps in stride. “She feels big when she goes to the jumps! She thinks she’s big,” he said with a smile.

Ashe compared Balous Day Date, an 11-year-old Oldenburg mare by Balou du Rouet x Linda-Dolores, to Said’s horse, and it turns out they are related through Balou du Rouet. She noted that their heart, speed, and energy helps them in the show ring. She has been paired with Balous Day Date for one year.

“We’ve gotten to know each other quite well,” Ashe said. “Once she gets aimed at the first jump, she’s point and shoot. I’m very lucky and happy to have the chance to ride her. I’m grateful to Beth (Johnson) and Louisburg Farm and Paul (Butterfield) for giving me the chance.”

Sponsor Dan Rosenbaum of Rosenbaum Mollengarden PLLC spoke to their involvement at the Winter Equestrian Festival and the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

“We represent the Wellington Equestrian Partners. In late 2005, Mark Bellissimo walked into my law office. We have had the pleasure of not only being a sponsor, but also being the attorneys to help build the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. When you see a jump-off in a grand prix like we had today, with tremendous sportsmanship, tremendous talent, and excellent riding abilities and the horses, it makes you really proud. What it’s like to be a sponsor in my situation is really unique, but it’s the tenth year now that I’ve had involvement, and I hope to be here ten years from now with the same type of wonderful people that I’m sitting with here today.”

Jessica Cherry and Blue Note Win the Karina Brez Jewelry Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3″ Over 35 Division Championship

It was a close battle in the amateur ring on Sunday at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Losing one over fences class due to inclement weather, many hunter divisions concluded with only three jumping classes. Earning 16 points over the two days of competition, Jessica Cherry took home the tricolor honors aboard longtime mount, Blue Note. Nancy Hooker, earning 15 points on Castlewalk, settled for the reserve honors in the Karina Brez Jewelry Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″ Over 35 division.

Jessica Cherry and Blue Note
Jessica Cherry and Blue Note

Cherry of Ridgefield, CT trains with Lyman Whitehead. She was quick to credit all of her success with Blue Note to her trainer. Having trained the horse from an early age, Lyman and Cherry have the benefit of knowing the horse quite well. Now at 13 years old, Cherry and the Holsteiner gelding make a formidable veteran pair.

“He is cocky in the best way possible,” Cherry laughed while explaining the gelding’s quirky personality. “I feel fantastic,” she added about winning today’s top honors.

A serious illness sidelined Cherry from competition for almost two years. That is why this win is “extra special,” she explained. Quick to compliment her partner, Blue Note, Cherry remarked, “He’s just such a special horse. He can go straight from his stall to the show and he’s perfect.”

Cherry plans to continue showing throughout the 12-week circuit.

Hunter, jumper, and equitation competition continues at the second week of WEF on January 20-24. For more information and full results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

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Laura Chapot and Shooting Star Top $6,000 Illustrated Properties 1.40m Speed Challenge

Laura Chapot and Shooting Star. Photos copyright Sportfot.

Danielle Baran and Vizcaya Are Victorious in the Triple Crown Blankets Adult Amateur Hunter 36-49

Wellington, FL – January 15, 2016 – Laura Chapot and Shooting Star raced to a win in the $6,000 Illustrated Properties 1.40m Speed Challenge as the first week of the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) continued Friday at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The class concluded before inclement weather caused the cancellation of competition for the remainder of the day. WEF, which kicked off on Wednesday, continues through April 3 and awards $9 million in prize money.

Highlights of the first week of WEF include the $75,000 Battle of the Sexes on Saturday, January 16, at 7 pm, and the $75,000 Rosenbaum Mollengarden PLLC Grand Prix at 2 pm on Sunday, January 17. Both events will be live streamed at www.COTH.com.

Chapot and Shooting Star, owned by Mary Chapot, broke the timer beam in 71.21 seconds early in Friday’s one-round speed class and kept the lead to top a starting field of 36 over a track set by course designer Eric Hasbrouck (USA).

Andrew Kocher (USA) challenged Chapot with Prof de la Roque, but his time of 72.34 seconds came up shy and settled him in second for Postage Stamp Farm, LLC. Chapot answered back to take third aboard Out of Ireland in 73.15 seconds, while Luis Pedro Biraben (ARG) jumped into fourth in 74.25 seconds in the irons of Coriandolo Di Ribani for owner Miguel Madero. Amanda Starbuck (USA) piloted Carte Blanche to a time of 74.29 seconds to round out the top five for Starbuck Equestrian.

Shooting Star, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Phin Phin x Pion), has been under Chapot’s guidance for four years and, according to her, has found his niche in the 1.40m speed classes at WEF.

“He’s not the fastest horse, but he has a huge stride, really nice technique and is brave at the jumps so he doesn’t waste a lot of time,” said Chapot. “These are great classes for him and if he can go smooth like he did today he’s always in the top three.”

Hasbrouck welcomed horses and riders alike back to WEF through his Week 1 courses, and Chapot was pleased with how Shooting Star handled the introduction. “It’s always hard to build the first week, but he’s done a fantastic job of getting everyone comfortable in the International Arena again,” she said.

With 12 consecutive weeks of top competition ahead at WEF, Chapot consistently gives her horses a break during the fall and winter months. Shooting Star hasn’t competed since November and put his fresh legs to good use on Friday.

“I am thrilled with the way he jumped. To have him step up the first week is a nice feeling,” added Chapot.

Preceding Chapot’s victory, Friday competition got under way in the International Arena earlier in the day with a win for Tina Di Landri and Juanita in the $2,500 MAYBACH – ICONS OF LUXURY High Amateur-Owner Jumper class. Sophie Michaels and MCB Maya took the top spot in the $1,500 Sleepy P Ranch High Junior Jumper class while Laura Kraut rode Gipsy King to a win in the $6,000 Illustrated Properties 1.40m.

Danielle Baran and Vizcaya Are Victorious in the Triple Crown Blankets Adult Amateur Hunter 36-49

Danielle Baran of Toronto, Canada topped an over fences class this week and was third in two others on her way to winning the Triple Crown Blankets Adult Amateur Hunter 36-49 championship. Riding her own gelding Vizcaya, the duo is no stranger to the winner’s circle and also took a victory under saddle. While training under Canada’s Chris Sorenson and Darcy Hayes (USA), Baran and her mount have won two consecutive WEF circuit championships in the Adult Hunter division.

Danielle Baran and Vizcaya
Danielle Baran and Vizcaya

Baran impressed in her debut this week following a three-month hiatus due to a shoulder injury she sustained in November. Speaking highly of her consistent winner, Baran explained, “I just have to ride well because he wants to show his stuff.”

“He’s a real ham in the barn and a little bit persnickety, but once you get him in the ring he’s all business,” she added.

Baran will spend the rest of the season in Wellington and looks forward to more success throughout the 12-week circuit.

Bridget Hallman and Lulu earned the Adult Amateur Hunter 36-49 reserve championship after claiming three second-place ribbons and one third-place ribbon over fences.

The first week of WEF continues on Saturday with the $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Classic and $75,000 Battle of the Sexes, which is the first Saturday Night Lights event of the season. Also on Saturday, the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring will feature the conclusion of the EnTrust Capital Small Junior Hunter 16-17 division. Competition will come to a close on Sunday with the $75,000 Rosenbaum Mollengarden PLLC Grand Prix, held in the International Arena.

For more information and full results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

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Laura Chapot Takes Day One of HITS Championship FEI Competition

(C) ESI Photography. Laura Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince.

Wins $34,000 FEI Saugerties Jumper Classic

SAUGERTIES, NY (September 4, 2015): It was a beautiful Wednesday in Saugerties, New York for the first afternoon of FEI-ranked competition. Starting the week off on the right foot, Laura Chapot, of Neshanic Station, New Jersey, and Quointreau Un Prince, co-owned with McLain Ward, swept through the $34,000 FEI Saugerties Jumper Classic course for another HITS Saugerties Series blue ribbon under her belt.

Sixty-seven competitors took a turn at the 13 effort course designed by Steve Stephens of Palmetto, Florida. Chapot, who is no stranger to the spotlight at HITS Saugerties, having won the Week IV $50,000 Horze Grand Prix and $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix earlier this summer with her 11 year old mount, was up against some of the globe’s top athletes including McLain Ward, Beezie Madden and Margie Engle.

“It was a really nice course for everyone’s first time in the ring,” said Chapot. “There were a fair number of clears and it had a few tricky spots that caught up with people but I think it gave everyone a fair chance to get in the ring and get started for the week.”

Chapot was one of 22 returning for at the jump-off and her positioning in the middle of the order gave her the opportunity to watch, and learn, from her competition.

“It’s always nice to be able to see other people go and understand how fast they are going or if there are any places to make up extra time,” added Chapot. “My strategy was to go as fast as I felt comfortable with my horse and shave off the turns as best I could, but not to go too fast where he would be flat out.”

Thirteenth in the order, Chapot sped through the course leaving it intact in a time of 37.19 for the lead. The next few entries were not as lucky, many resulting in a rail for four faults. It wasn’t until Roberto Teran and Arkos Des Rolsers Z, owned by ARK Partners LLC, navigated his way through the course that it felt like the chase was on. Clocking in at 38.21, Teran found himself finishing just behind the leading lady.

Next to go clear and twenty-first in the order, Kristen Vanderveen aboard Bull Run’s Eternal, owned by Bull Run Jumpers One LLC, sailed to a time of 37.91 to bump Teran to third and to secure her spot in second place.

Chapot closed with, “I’m thrilled to come out the first day and have a win with Quointreau Un Prince. He’s fast and in good form. I’m really excited to be in the ring.”

Fourth place went to Emanuel Andrade and his own Boy IV, followed by Catherine Tyree and Free Style VD Polderhof, owned by Joseph and Mary Tyree.

FEI competition continues at HITS Saugerties on Friday, September 4 for the $34,000 HITS Jumper Classic, which is the only qualifying opportunity for Sunday’s CP $1 Million Grand Prix FEI CSI-5*, presented by Wells Fargo. Friday’s event will be webcast live beginning at 12 noon EST on HITS TV on HitsShows.com.

All eyes will be on the Grand Prix Stadium Sunday, September 6 for the highest ranked class in US show jumping this year – the Canadian Pacific $1 Million Grand Prix FEI CSI-5*, presented by Wells Fargo.

General Admission tickets and Day VIP passes are still available for Sunday’s main event. Additionally, HITS will webcast select classes through the week and weekend LIVE.

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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 www.devonhorseshow.org.

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

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Laura Chapot Kicks Off Open Jumpers with Back to Back Wins at Devon Horse Show

Laura Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince. Photos © The Book LLC.

Devon, PA – May 27, 2014 – The 2014 Devon Horse Show & Country Fair hosted its first day of Open Jumper competition on Tuesday with double wins for local favorite Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ. Chapot and the 10-year-old Selle Francais gelding Quointreau Un Prince (Diamant de Semilly x Rosire), owned by Chapot and McLain Ward, took the win in the first jump-off class.

An Open Jumper speed competition was also held in the evening with another win for Chapot aboard Mary Chapot’s Zealous, a 10-year-old Hanoverian/KWPN mare (Royal Kaliber x Starman). Showcasing the best horses and riders in the country, the Devon Horse Show hosts 11 days of top-tier competition across multiple breeds and disciplines through Sunday, June 1.

Kicking off the Open Jumper competition on Tuesday, Germany’s Olaf Petersen, Jr. set the track for 24 entries in the $10,000 jump-off class with eight jumping clear in the first round, and seven double clear rounds over the short course after one withdraw. In a time of 38.917 seconds, Laura Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince took top honors to earn The Sylvester L. Quigley Memorial Challenge Trophy.

Candice King and Louisburg Farm’s Balous Day Date finished second in 39.365 seconds. Ali Wolff and John Wolff’s Brianda placed third in 39.368 seconds, and Hayley Waters and Chuck Waters’ Fidele finished fourth in 39.803 seconds.

“It sure is a good way to kick off the week. There is nothing like winning the first class,” Chapot smiled following her round of honor. “This is a special show. You have a lot of fans that come out and a lot of local people who really enjoy the horses. They are always out there cheering for you, which is great. It’s a nice horse show, and it gets the horses a little pumped up too because there is always a good crowd.”

“I was just very pleased,” Chapot said of her winning round with Quointreau Un Prince. “He was very brave and excited today. I knew that everyone was going fast, so there was no holding back in the jump-off this time.”

The exciting atmosphere of the Dixon Oval and the cheering fans helped get Chapot’s mount revved up in his jump-off round. “It makes it a little easier for me to ride because he is more pumped up and has a lot more energy and spunk,” she noted, going on to detail where she was fastest on course. “I think probably to the third fence in the jump-off. I thought I cut that pretty well and he took a good long distance there, and also the long distance across the center. He has a really big stride, so when I gallop it really opens up and I think he picked up a little bit of time there.”

Laura Chapot and Zealous
Laura Chapot and Zealous

After winning the jump-off class, Chapot then went on to top the $10,000 Open Jumper speed class with Zealous, earning The Second Erdenheim Farm Challenge Trophy donated by Mr. & Mrs. F. Eugene Dixon, Jr.

Twenty entries showed with five clear rounds. Chapot and Zealous completed the course in the fastest time of 62.40 seconds. Charlie Jayne finished second and third, taking second place honors in 67.78 seconds with Alex Jayne’s Top Top, and placing third in 68.56 seconds with Pony Lane Farm’s Valeska. Hayley Waters once again finished fourth, stopping the clock in 68.74 seconds with Mr. & Mrs. Chuck Waters’ No Doubt.

Hunter Champions

First Year Green Hunter Champion – Glefke & Kensel LLC’s So To Speak and Kelley Farmer
Sponsored by Dr. Betsee Parker/Hunterland – Awarded The James J. Piehler Memorial Challenge Trophy
Reserve Champion – Deborah Perkins’ Set To Music and Havens Schatt

Green Conformation Hunter Champion – Glefke & Kensel LLC’s Scripted and Kelley Farmer
Awarded The Just For Fun-Two For One Challenge Trophy donated by Mrs. Haywood Nelms
Reserve Champion – Dr. Betsee Parker’s Lucador and Scott Stewart

Second Year Green Hunter Champion – David Gochman’s Mythical and Scott Stewart
Sponsored by Frontier Farms/Jane G. Andrew – Awarded The Fisher & Son Co. Challenge Trophy
Reserve Champion – Stephanie Danhakl’s Golden Rule and Scott Stewart

Driving

The Single Horse Driving Championship was also awarded on Tuesday with a win for the Demarino Ralli Cart, owned and driven by Betsy Demarino, VMD.

The 2014 Devon Horse Show will continue on Wednesday with presentations of the 2014 Grand Hunter Champion and Leading Hunter Rider. The day will feature more Open Jumper competition as well as the Five Gated Special, Young Jumpers, Ladies Side Saddle, Hackney Ponies, Gaited Horses and much more. For full results, please visit www.devonhorseshow.org.

For those unable to attend the Devon Horse Show in person, the Dixon Oval is being live streamed live streamed at www.usefnetwork.com.

Shownet will be shooting individual video clips for purchase through the website www.shownet.biz of both the Dixon Oval and Gold Ring. If you have any questions, please contact info@shownet.biz or ask for Tony in the exhibitor lounge at the side gate.

Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

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Laura Chapot and Bradberry Victorious in $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge

Laura Chapot and Bradberry. Photos © Sportfot.

Visse Wedell and Bona Fide Claim Triple Crown Adult Amateur Hunter 36-50 Section A Championship at FTI WEF

Wellington, FL – January 17, 2014 – Friday’s competition at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) featured two classes for the 1.40m Jumpers in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) with a win for Laura Chapot (USA) and Bradberry in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge and a top finish for Todd Minikus (USA) and Babalou 41 in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Jump-Off.

FTI WEF week two, sponsored by Wellington Equestrian Realty, continues through Sunday, January 19. The week will feature the $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix CSI 2* on Saturday night, and the $10,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix Series Speed Class, Presented by The Dutta Corp. in association with Guido Klatte, as well as the $34,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic, during the day on Sunday. The FTI WEF, held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL, features 12 weeks of world-class competition through March 30, awarding $8 million in prize money.

Luc Musette of Belgium set the tracks for Friday’s classes in the International Arena at PBIEC. In the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge he saw 57 entries with 23 clear rounds. Laura Chapot and her consistent veteran partner, Bradberry, went early in the order and put down what would prove to be an unbeatable time of 59.731 seconds.

Nick Novak earned second and third place honors with his two mounts. Novak finished second aboard YB Blue in a time of 60.46 seconds and earned the third place prize with Springfield Tennessee in 62.931 seconds.

Chapot was happy with her win today with Bradberry, a 16-year-old Selle Francais gelding, and remarked that he was ready to come out and play. “It is really great for him to come out and be fresh and be as enthusiastic as he is,” Chapot stated. “He loves his job and I think he is very happy to be down here.”

The fiery chestnut gelding is always fast and could prove a difficult ride for some, but he is Chapot’s perfect type. “He really fits me perfectly,” she acknowledged. “I know he wouldn’t be a horse for everyone, but I feel very comfortable on him and he suits my style. We just mesh very well. He is like a second skin.”

The pair went very early in the class and was able to maintain their lead through the end. Commenting on her hold of the leading time, Chapot noted, “Sometimes it is nice to go early because you have your plan and you execute it without thinking about what everyone else did. It makes it hard to wait through the rest of the class, but I felt like he jumped very well today and the whole thing was very smooth.”

She added, “It is nice to win. He has been second twice and we have had like nine seconds (with all of the horses so far at WEF) and this is our first blue. Not that we’re complaining about seconds, but it is hard to get a ribbon here, so it is nice to win one too.”

A $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class was also held earlier in the day with a win for Todd Minikus and Kathryn Haefner LLC’s Babalou 41. The class saw 85 entries with 34 in the jump-off and 23 double clear rounds. Minikus and Babalou 41 had the fastest time of 29.775 seconds. Laura Chapot and Quointreau un Prince, owned by Chapot and McLain Ward, finished second in 30.765 seconds.

Visse Wedell and Bona Fide Claim Triple Crown Adult Amateur Hunter 36-50 Section A Championship at FTI WEF

Visse Wedell and Bona Fide emerged victorious from the Triple Crown Adult Amateur Hunter 36-50 Section A division at the FTI WEF on Friday. Wedell and Bona Fide, an eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by Anne Mullally, were third under saddle and third and fifth over fences on the first day of competition before winning both over fences classes on day two to clinch the division champion title.

The reserve champion was Valobra, owned and ridden by Eva Bisso. Bisso and Valobra were second, first, third and second over fences.

Visse Wedell and Bona Fide
Visse Wedell and Bona Fide

Bona Fide and Wedell have not been together for long, but the loveable gelding has quickly secured a special place in Wedell’s heart. After leasing him for the Hampton Classic Horse Show (N.Y.) last August, Wedell was more than eager to extend her lease through the FTI WEF circuit.

“He walks in every ring and doesn’t look at the jumps. He is such a confidence builder. I cannot say enough nice things about him!” Wedell beamed. “I don’t even really get nervous on him, and I am such a nervous rider. He is the easiest horse to walk in the ring and gives you such a good feeling – you know you’re getting to the other side [of all the jumps]. As an adult [amateur], that’s the best feeling ever!”

A young horse and nervous adult amateur doesn’t sound like a match made in heaven, but Wedell believes Bona Fide is an old soul who simply loves his job.

“That’s why he’s so good at such a young age! He loves his job. He thinks this is fun! So it’s not like you have to prep him a lot to get to the ring. It’s nothing; you can just go,” Wedell described.

A “get on and go” ride is helpful for Wedell, who balances riding with her job as a realtor with Engel & Völkers. The temptation to spend all day at the horse show is strong, but Wedell knows her work is waiting for her at home when she’s done showing.

“It’s awesome to be here, and you feel like you’re going to miss something [if you leave or don’t show for a week], but there’s life outside of the show you’ve got to focus on. It’s like being in Disney World; you get wrapped up in it and then you realize you have 73 emails and 16 new voicemails – I’ve got a job!” Wedell laughed. “I’m trying to balance that better this year. You’ve got to get on a schedule. I’m trying to give everything the right amount of time.”

Wedell trains with Bill Schaub of Over the Hill Farm as well as at RC Stables, where Bona Fide lives, with Richard Cunkle and Lee Flick. Wedell enjoys having several different pairs of eyes to give her input when she comes out of the ring.

“It’s like I have my crew at the horse show! I have three trainers at the ring, which is great, because they all have different input. They’re great, every single one of them,” Wedell commented.

What Wedell values the most is the entire team’s ability to prioritize having fun at the horse show.

“We’re all a happy group. Even though it’s two or three trainers, everyone gets along and everyone has a common goal – having fun. That’s the biggest thing, is walking away with a smile. The ribbons are just extra. And to have a horse [like Bona Fide] that makes you feel that good in the ring is priceless,” Wedell remarked.

Competition for week two of the FTI WEF continues Saturday morning in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring with the Hunt Ltd. Amateur-Owner Hunter 35+ division. The $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix CSI 2* will be the highlight class on Saturday night. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

About FTI Consulting, Inc.

FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 4,000 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.58 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2012. For more information, visit www.fticonsulting.com.

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

The 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 8 through March 30. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded.

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Lauren Fisher and Laura Cardon for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

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Equestrian Public Relations
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Laura Chapot on Her Way to Another Streak at HITS Saugerties

©ESI Photography. Laura Chapot and Umberto cruise to a victory in today’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix.

SAUGERTIES, NY (August 31, 2012) – After winning four in a row during Weeks V and VI at HITS Saugerties this summer, Laura Chapot is off to another great start as she and Mary Chapot’s Umberto rode to a win in today’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health. They topped a field of 30 horses who rode over Jerry Dougherty’s track and pocketed the last $25,000 grand prix before HITS Championship Weekend arrives September 7-9.

Dougherty of Bokeelia, Florida set a 13-obstacle course, which included 16 jumping efforts. He tripped up most riders with a one-stride to a two-stride triple combination at fence eight and a tight one-stride double at fence eleven. The two combinations alone ruined all hope for clear rounds for nine riders, while eleven persevered to the jump-off.

“You never know what you are going to get on Friday because the field is so mixed – there are a lot of young horses here and there are a lot of horses who are in it to prepare for Sunday’s grand prix,” said Chapot of Neshanic Station, New Jersey. “But, all-in-all, I think the course was really nice and I was very pleased with how my horses jumped it.”

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Laura Chapot Finds a Winning Formula with Another $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix Victory at HITS-on-the-Hudson

©ESI Photography. Laura Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince get some serious height over the CWD fence in Friday's $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

SAUGERTIES, NY (August 4, 2012) – Laura Chapot just extended her impressive mid-summer winning streak with another victory in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, at HITS-on-the-Hudson. Friday’s triumph marked the fourth consecutive win for Chapot in the last two weeks and the second victory aboard Quointreau Un Prince, an 8-year-old mount she bought three years ago from McLain Ward.

The winning streak started during the first week of the summer series on Sunday, July 24 when she piloted Quointreau Un Prince to the blue in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health. She then followed that with another stellar performance in last week’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, aboard Mary Chapot’s Umberto. Two days later, she and Umberto returned to take it all again in Sunday’s $75,000 Chartis Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health.

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