SAUGERTIES, NY (July 30, 2012) – HITS-on-the-Hudson has been dubbed The Chapot Show as Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, New Jersey won her third Grand Prix in a row when she produced the only double-clear ride in Sunday’s $75,000 Chartis Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health. Last Sunday during HITS-on-the-Hudson IV, Chapot won the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, riding Quointreau Un Prince to close out the show. She followed that up on Friday with a victory aboard Umberto in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, and came back strong to claim victory for the third time on Sunday afternoon.
“I’ve had him a year and a half now,” said an ecstatic Chapot after the class. “He’s a very careful, very speedy horse. We’ve really started to come together this year. I think now he understands my rides and I understand how he rides because he’s a little bit different than some of my other horses. He doesn’t have as big of a stride, so I can’t rely on just leaving out strides to beat everyone but he’s quick.”
Linda McBurney shines in the $10,000 Marshall & Sterling Child/Adult Jumper Classic
SAUGERTIES, NY (July 24, 2012) – The weather proved perfect for competition at HITS-on-the-Hudson IV this weekend and was highlighted by Sunday’s $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health. As 22 entries made their attempt to capture Sunday’s big stake, Laura Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince, owned by Laura Chapot & McLain Ward emerged as the winners.
International course designer Olaf Petersen, Sr. of Paehl, Germany set the course and had nine horse and rider combinations advance to the jump-off.
Chapot, of Neshanic Station, New Jersey, had two mounts in the jump-off and also earned the fourth-place ribbon aboard Mary Chapot’s Umberto. Earlier in the week, Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince had scored a third-place finish earlier in the week in the $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome and a seventh-place finish in Friday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, which helped prime them for a strong finish on Sunday.
Wellington, FL (March 20, 2012) – Veteran Grand Prix rider Laura Chapot has moved her KWPN mare Valentia up through the ranks of the Young Jumper classes, and during the fourth week of the 2012 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival the flashy gray mare hit her stride. Valentia won two more 1.35 Jumper classes during week four, proving why she was the Circuit Champion in the division during last year’s show circuit.
World Development Group, a premier developer committed to building the Equestrian Lifestyle, sponsors the 1.35 Jumper classes. Margie Engle, another staple on the Grand Prix circuit, also cruised to victory in a 1.35 Jumper class on Hidden Creek’s Pamina L. “Laura and Margie have spent years at the top of the show jumping world and the World Development Group is proud to welcome them to the winner’s circle,” said David Zinaman, Director of Real Estate Sales and Marketing for the World Development Group.
Chapot Picks Up Two Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Victories
Wellington, FL – March 14, 2012 – There were three competitive classes in the International Arena on the opening day of week 10 of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. Starting out the day was another win for Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and HH Palouchin, owned by Double H Farm, in the $32,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic. Following that, another familiar face in the winner’s circle, Laura Chapot entered again and won the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m speed class with Bradberry. In the last class, the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Jump-off class, Chapot rode Quointreau Un Prince, owned by Laura Chapot and McLain Ward, to the win.
Sponsored by Artisan Farms, week ten features two classes on Sunday, March 18, on the grass field at The Stadium. Starting at 10:30 a.m., the $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix Final runs first and is followed by the $80,000 Pennfield Feeds Grand Prix CSI 2* at 2 p.m.
Wellington, FL (March 13, 2012) – A star-studded lineup of jumper riders rode into the winner’s circle in the 1.35 Jumper classes during the second and third week of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. Laura Chapot won two classes aboard Valentia and Reed Kessler won with Pacha De Nantuel during the second week of the prestigious horse show. During the third week, Filip De Wandel rode into the winner’s circle with Dache De Toulon, Beezie Madden captured the blue with Zhivago and Kristen Vanderveen placed first with Bull Run’s Revelation.
The 1.35m jumpers are sponsored by World Development Group, a premier developer committed to building the equestrian lifestyle. Based in Wellington, Florida, World Development Group is constructing the new show grounds for the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington. “We want to congratulate all of the riders who won the 1.35m Jumper classes during the second and third week of the Winter Equestrian Festival,” said David Zinaman, Director of Real Estate Sales and Marketing for the World Development Group. “We are thrilled to be part of the show scene in Wellington. Our company is dedicated to promoting the equestrian lifestyle and there is no better place to live that life than in Wellington.”
Laura Chapot and Bradberry Victorious in $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge, Bruce Duchossois and Just Fred Capture the Camping World Adult Amateur Hunter 51 & Over Championship
Wellington, FL – February 10, 2012 – The third annual FTI WEF Collegiate Equitation Challenge was held on Friday evening in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Riders representing 16 National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) varsity teams from around the country gathered to compete in a bracket-style format. The championship trophy, presented by the South Florida Hunter Jumper Association, was awarded to University of South Carolina junior Kimberly McCormack. Laura Chapot was the fastest to win the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge with Bradberry. In the Camping World Adult Amateur 51 & Over Hunters, R. Bruce Duchossois and Just Fred earned the championship ribbon.
Week five of the FTI WEF, sponsored by Spy Coast Farm, will run February 8-12. The highlight class of the week is Saturday night’s $125,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix, presented by Spy Coast Farm. The 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of competition that conclude on April 1, 2012, and they will be awarding more than $6 million in prize money through the circuit.
Laura Chapot and Valentia Take Top Prize in World Development Group 1.35m Jumpers
Wellington, FL – January 20, 2012 – Forty-one of the nation’s top young riders showed in the USEF/Platinum Performance Show Jumping Talent Search in Wellington this morning with a win for Lillie Keenan aboard Chansonette Farm LLC’s Monterrey. Riders showed over a course set by Danny Moore, of Spring Hill, FL, and the top twelve were invited to return under saddle.
The second week of the FTI WEF runs through Sunday, January 22, and is sponsored by Wellington Equestrian Realty. The 2012 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of competition that conclude on April 1, 2012, and they will be awarding more than $6 million in prize money through the circuit. The highlight jumper class in week two is the $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix, CSI 2* on Saturday, January 21, at 7 p.m.
SAUGERTIES, NEW YORK (May 28, 2011) — The road to the 2011 Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix made its highly-anticipated return to HITS-on-the-Hudson on Friday with the first of 14 Grand Prix Qualifiers that will take place in Saugerties this show season. Danielle Torano of SW Ranches, Florida captured the win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, aboard her own Katina to kick off what promises to be a fantastic weekend of show jumping at HITS Saugerties.
A night of wild thunderstorms rolled through the Hudson Valley on late Thursday night and paved the way for a beautiful day of warm weather on Friday, which set the stage for a perfect afternoon of show jumping in the beautiful Strongid C 2X Stadium. The course for the class was set by Jose “Pepe” Gamarra of Ellenton, Florida. Two-time Olympic Medalist Leslie Burr Howard of Darien, Connecticut was the first rider of the class to go clear aboard The Utah Group’s Utah. Andrew Bourns of Wellington, Florida soon joined Burr-Howard in the jump-off with a clear ride of his own aboard Gowran Park. By the end of the first round nine riders advanced to the jump-off, including Torano and her relatively new horse Katina.
“The triple combination was by far the most difficult,” explained Torano of the first round. “It was heading toward the in-gate and came at a slight bend, so you really needed to focus and get your horse to focus. But Katina is the sort of horse that really gives you her all and puts her heart into the ride.”
Laura Chapot, daughter of show jumping legends Frank & Mary Chapot, joins us this week to tell us about her successes so far at the Winter Equestrian Festival and shares her plans for the year to come. Tune in right here…
Wellington, FL – January 14, 2010 – Speed was the order of the day in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge class at the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ and her trusty partner Bradberry took the blue ribbon in the last class in the International Arena. Held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL, the 2011 WEF will host 12 consecutive weeks of competition through April 3, 2011.
Course designer Anthony D’Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY, set the track for today’s class. There were 21 entries, and seven of those were able to keep all of the jumps up. Riding out of the ninth spot in the order, Chapot and Bradberry were chasing a very fast time set by Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Belle Blue S, owned by Jerry and Maria Sweetnam and Spy Coast Farm LLC. They stopped the timers in 68.820 seconds.
Chapot and Bradberry were able to shave just enough time off the clock to move into the lead in 68.013 seconds. No one else in the class would be able to catch her time. Third place went to Juan Jose Bancalari (MEX) on Villeneuve, who was clear in 70.885 seconds.