November 28, 2022

Laura Chapot and Calafornia Take the Competition by Storm

Laura Chapot and Calafornia Take the Competition by Storm in the $5,000 Speed Stake Sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover Main Line at the Devon Fall Classic

The historic Devon Horse Show saw a night full of action on the second day of competition at the Devon Fall Classic. The $5,000 Speed Classic, sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover Main Line, kicked off in the Dixon Oval at 7pm, overseeing a field of 29 competitors racing for the blue ribbon. The bright shine of the arena lights was nothing compared to the beaming smile as Laura Chapot walked out victorious aboard Calafornia.

Manuel Espara (MEX) designed a demanding 12-obstacle track well suited for the class. Twenty nine horse-and-rider combinations took to the challenge, testing their speed and agility through a technical combination of long bending lines and airy oxers.



With a decorated field of accomplished riders, the competition was on for Laura Chapot and Mary Chapot’s talented mount Calafornia. Chapot mounted the eager 15-year-old KWPN gelding in the ring, anxious to try their hand at the course. “Calafornia really enjoys the speed classes and I thought he was really perfect tonight. He was right there with me every step of the way and I just stuck with my plan all the way around,” comments Chapot. Riding with confidence both in the tack and over the obstacles, she set Calafornia up flawlessly to ensure a quick, fault-free effort. Calafornia was in perfect sync with Chapot, crossing the wires in 65.896 seconds, rightfully earning them the sought after spot at the top of the leaderboard.

Devin Ryan and Ascalitta SBK Z laid down a solid round of their own, crossing the wire just fractions of a second behind Chapot and Calafornia. The 8-year-old Zangersheide mare impressed the crowd with her athletic effort around the track. Although the pair was nearly flawless, their approach presented a slightly more conservative effort, and caused them to fall just short of the first place spot. They crossed the timers in a clear 66.296 seconds, ultimately securing the red ribbon at the end of the night.

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Laura Chapot and Calafornia Take the Competition by Storm in the $5,000 Speed Stake Sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover Main Line at the Devon Fall Classic – Phelps Sports

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