Laura Chapot Wins $100,000 Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix at 2022 Lake Placid Horse Shows
Laura Chapot rode Chandon Blue to victory in the $30,000 FarmVet Open Jumper Classic Thursday at the I Love New York Horse Show, the second of two weeks of the 2021 Lake Placid Horse Shows, Sponsored by Bainbridge Farms, LLC and Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC.
One of the premier stops on the nation’s hunter-jumper horse show circuit, the 2021 Lake Placid Horse Shows, June 29-July 11, feature more than 100 classes of competition each week awarding more than $600,000 in prize money.
The I Love New York Horse Show, July 6-11, features the $100,000 Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix Presented by Alliant Private Client on Saturday, July 10 and the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Eastern Hay & Grain and Purina Animal Nutrition on Sunday, July11. Week 2 also features the horse show’s annual Doggie Costume Contest Sponsored by Man and Beast on Saturday at 12:00 noon.
Ten of 30 entries reached the jump-off by riding clean over the 14-jump, first-round course designed by Ken Krome. Chapot was the second to return for the eight-jump tiebreaker course and she set the mark to beat with another clean ride and a time of 40.233 seconds. The remaining eight entries tried and failed to catch her with Hardin Towell coming closest on Joris VD Bisschop. They finished clean in 40.677 seconds for second place. Jordan Coyle actually beat Chapot’s time, finishing in 39.286 seconds on Centriko Volo, but a rail down cost him four faults and left him in ninth place.
“I wasn’t really sure if my score would hold up but I was really happy with how my horse performed in the jump-off,” Chapot said. “He was fast, he was careful and he took a stride out to the last fence. I thought I did as much as I could do with him and I just kept my fingers crossed that it would hold up.”
Also on Thursday, Arosa B, owned by Samantha Kramig of Ocala, Florida and shown by Amanda Steege, emerged as Green/High Performance Hunter Grand Champion.