Lake Placid, NY – June 30, 2017 – Laura Chapot finished first and third in the $30,000 Prevost Jumper Classic, Friday’s featured competition at the 48th annual Lake Placid Horse Show, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC and sponsored by Bainbridge Farm.
Six of 20 entries in the preview of Sunday’s $75,000 Devoucoux Grand Prix of Lake Placid reached the tiebreaking jump-off by riding without penalty over the 16-effort first-round course designed by Michel Vaillancourt. Chapot was the first to return for the 8-effort tiebreaker and she set a tough mark to beat, riding her Irish Sport Horse mare, Thornhill Kate, to a clean round in 38.172 seconds.
After the next three entries failed to catch Chapot, Jimmy Torano took over the lead with a clean ride in a blazing time of 36.940 seconds on Betagravin. While it seemed that maybe Torano hadn’t left Chapot any room to catch his time, she turned in a scintillating ride and her mad dash at the finish gave her the win with a time of 35.826 seconds on another Irish Sport Horse mare, ISHD Dual Star.
“I thought Jimmy went super fast and I really wasn’t sure that I’d be able to catch him,” Chapot said. “I just tried to put in the best round I could and we were lucky enough to end up on top. She is a fast horse and she does love to run and I think that long gallop to the last fence is where she made up the time and gave us the win.”
The Lake Placid Horse Show runs through Sunday, highlighted by the $75,000 Devoucoux Grand Prix of Lake Placid on Sunday afternoon. The I Love New York Horse Show follows, July 4-9, featuring the $100,000 Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC and sponsored by Bainbridge Farm on Saturday, July 8..
The Lake Placid Horse Shows offer over $535,000 in prize money and feature the nation’s best horses and riders competing in four show rings. The horse shows offers more than 100 classes of competition each week for all levels of competition ranging from young children on ponies to grand prix competitors and Olympic competitors and medalists. Each show is USEF ‘AA’ rated for hunters and 6* rated for Jumpers.
Admission to the horse show is just $5.00 per day on Saturday and Sunday. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more.
Edited press release: Classic Communications