July 8, 2016 - Laura Chapot swept the top two places in the $30,000 Open Jumper Classic Thursday at the I Love New York Horse Show, the second of two weeks comprising the 47th annual Lake Placid Horse Shows, presented by Sea Shore Stables LLC. Chapot won the class on ISHD Dual Star and placed second on Quointreau Un Prince. She also finished 10th on Thornhill Kate.
Eight of 29 entries reached the jump-off by riding without penalty over the 15-jump course designed by Show Jumping Hall of Famer Steve Stephens. Chapot took an early lead in the jump-off on Quointreau Un Prince when she turned in a four-fault ride in 36.113 seconds. No one managed a clean ride over the eight-jump tiebreaker course until Chapot returned on her Irish Sport Horse, ISHD Dual Star. She finished clean in 37.019 and waited to see if the last two entries could catch her.
Both of the last two, Irish Olympic veteran Kevin Babington and Michael Hughes, almost turned the trick but each had the last rail down for four faults. Babington, winner of last Sunday's $75,000 Devoucoux Grand Prix of Lake Placid, finished in 37.396 seconds on his Irish Sport Horse, Mark Q, good for fourth place, and Hughes finished in 37.366 seconds on Virginia WZ which earned him third.
"I really never considered going for a slow clear," Chapot said after her win. "Kevin and Michael are two of the fastest riders we have and I knew I'd have to go fast to beat them, Also, I knew that if I did have a rail, a fast four-fault ride still might do the trick."
Earlier in the day, Chapot also swept the top two places in the $5,000 Hollow Brook Wealth Management 1.40m Jumper Class. She won the class on Shooting Star with the fastest fault-free ride in 58.285 seconds and placed second on Out of Ireland with a clean ride in 58.620 seconds.
Tori Colvin won the $1,500 Adirondack Life 1.35m Jumper Class on Chanel B 2. Colvin won the Power and Speed class over a 22-horse field by going fault-free over both sections of the course and finishing the speed section in the fastest time of 27.726 seconds.
Also, Margie Engle won the $1,200 Lake Placid Lodge 1.30m Jumper Class on Alter Ego, riding clean over both the power and speed sections of the course and turning in the fastest clean ride over the speed section.
The I Love New York Horse Show runs through Sunday, highlighted by the $100,000 Equine Insurance Services/Great American Grand Pix on Saturday, July 9. Saturday also features the horse show's 24th annual Doggie Costume Contest presented by The Brown Dog Cafe & Wine Bar. Everyone who brings a leashed dog in costume on Saturday is admitted to the horse show free of charge. The Doggie Costume Contest starts at 12:00 noon near the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field. There is no entry fee and prizes are awarded for the top contestants. All entries receive a 'doggie bag' filled with special doggie treats!
Admission to the horse show is just $2.00 on weekdays and $5.00 on weekends. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more. For a behind the scenes look at the horse show, guided walking tours are offered on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. The tour groups meet at the horse show retail booth, and the tours, costing just $1.00, last approximately one hour.
Upcoming highlights of the I Love New York Horse Show include:
Friday, July 8 - $1,500 Milagro Tequila 1.35m Jumper Class; $20,000 FarmVet 1.40 Stake Class; The National PHA Equitation; U.S. Adult Equitation; Ariat Adult Medal; Marshall & Sterling U.S. Pony Equitation - Small, Medium, and Large; Various Hunter & Jumper Classes; Horse Club Junior Day (10:00 AM - 2:00 PM)
Saturday, July 9 - $10,000 Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic; Doggie Costume Contest presented by The Brown Dog Deli & Wine Bar (12:00 PM); The Clothes Horse Parade of Champions (1:30 PM); $100,000 Equine Insurance Services/Great American Grand Prix presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC (2:00 PM); $5,000 The Wild Center Children's Jumper Classic; THIS National Children's Medal; Various Hunter & Jumper Classes
Sunday, July 10 - $7,500 Low Junior Jumper Classic; $7,500 Bainbridge Farm Low Amateur Owner Jumper Classic; $5,000 J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Adult Jumper Classic; Kathy Scholl Equitation Championship presented by Kate Levy & Family (8:00 AM); $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Eastern Hay & Purina Animal Nutrition; Pony Hunter Classic presented by Beacon Hill Horse Transportation; Various Hunter & Jumper Classes
A generous Thank You to the Sponsors of the 2016 Lake Placid Horse Shows, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC including: 17 Hands Gallery; Adirondack Life; Anonymous; Bainbridge Farm; Beacon Hill Horse Transportation, Inc.; Michael & Barbara Bitterman; Debbie & Jim Burrows; C.M. Hadfields Saddlery, Inc.; Carolina Arena Equipment; Casella Waste Management; Jane Forbes Clark; Clifton Park Rental; CMJ Sporthorse; Community Bank NA; Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club, Lake Placid; Darkbrook Rustic Goods; David R. Fowler Custom Tack Trunks; Deeridge Farms; Der-Dau Custom Made Boots; Devoucoux, Inc.; Eastern Hay & Grain; Equestrian Living; Equine Insurance Services/Great American; FarmVet, Inc.; Featherlite Coaches; Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort; Hampton Inn; Hannaford Supermarkets; High Peaks Resort; Hollow Brook Wealth Management, LLC; Hooker Family; Horse Watch; Horseshoe Trail Farm, LLC; Hunt, Ltd.; iEquine Media Inc.; J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines; Juliam Farm; Kate Levy & Family; KJ Robinson; Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST); Lake Placid Lodge; Lake Placid Summit Resort Hotel & Suites; Michael Morrissey Enterprises; Milagro Tequila/Empire Merchants North; Mirror Lake Inn/The Cottage Café; North Star; Northwoods Inn; Oakcroft; On A Fence Designs; ORDA - Whiteface Mountain; Pepsi Beverage Company; Prevost; Pure Placid; Purina Animal Nutrition; Ruthie's Run; Sage Hill Farm; Sand Castle Farm - Marsha Dammerman; Michael Schultz; Sea Shore Stables, LLC; Select Sotheby's International Realty; Sidelines; Dennis Sisco & Alexine Lesko; Stadium Jumping, Inc.: Storm Ridge Capital, LLC; Stretton Enterprises, Inc.; The Brown Dog Deli & Wine Bar; The Clothes Horse; The Wild Center; Town of North Elba Park District; Village of Lake Placid; WNBZ Rock 105; Woodlea Farms and WPTZ News Channel 5.
Those unable to attend the horse show can watch all the action live online via ShowNet on their newly redesigned website at www.ShowNet.biz.
Additional information on the Lake Placid Horse Shows, Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC is available by calling the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 518-523-9625 or on line atwww.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.