Sunday 17 September - 15h18 | Press release

Another Win For Chapot

The crowd was in attendance Saturday evening for the third and most prestigious day of the 2017 Devon Fall Classic to cheer on the competitors in the $25,000 Devon Fall Classic Grand Prix and $7,500 SJHF High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers. Earning the title of biggest class earner of the week was Laura Chapot, with the one-two finish aboard Thornhill Kate and Calafornia, respectively. Adrienne Marciano and Laspari nabbed the top spot ahead of the field in the third installment of the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers, this time with a $7,500 purse up for grabs.

 - Another Win For Chapot

Chapot and Calafornia

The highlight event of the horse show, the $25,000 Devon Fall Classic Grand Prix attracted a quality group of competitors to the famous Dixon Oval to ride over the 1.45m fences, with each pair hoping to ride away with the majority share of the pot. Chapot and Thornhill Kate ultimately led the victory lap after their two standout trips in the $25,000 Devon Fall Classic Grand Prix, which was aptly dedicated to Frank Chapot, a six-time Olympic Show Jumping athlete who was inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame in 1994 after a long and successful career. Saturday's win was the second victory under the lights for Chapot, who earned the blue ribbon in Friday evening's $5,000 Speed Stake aboard Out Of Ireland.
The first round of competition featured an inviting track designed by Paul Jewell, which produced strong results with eight pairs showcasing clear first trips to earn a place in the jump-off. First back in the ring for their turn over the abridged course, Chapot and Thornhill Kate, owned by Mary and Laura Chapot, set an early challenge for subsequent horses and riders. The ever-speedy Chapot piloted Thornhill Kate to their second clean ride of the night in 35.402 seconds, laying the gauntlet down for those that would follow. 

Impressively, the next three jump-off qualifiers all left the course intact in bold attempts to usurp Chapot and Thornhill Kate from the top spot, but none were successful as each tripped the timers too slowly. Matthias Hollberg and Mr. Sydney Rocks, owned by Team Springer Syndicate, LLC , left all the rails up and crossed the timers in 38.770 seconds, followed by Chapot herself, who rode her and Mary Chapot's Calafornia to another clear round, settling into second overall with a fast time of 36.447 seconds. Tracy Magness and Intenz Van HD, owned by Mr. & Mrs. John Bartko, laid down the fourth and final double-clear of the evening in 37.890 seconds. Though Willie Tynan and Red Barn Farm, LLC's KEC City Limits looked to be the lucky pair to sweep the victory out from under Chapot with their fiery time of 35.398 seconds, just four-thousandths of a second faster, they clipped the final jump to earn 4 faults.

Chapot and Thornhill Kate's early time held throughout the entire jump-off to secure their spot at the head of the class, with Chapot riding to the next-best spot aboard Calafornia to effectively earn both the blue and red ribbons. Magness and Intenz Van HD earned the third position, one second quicker than the fourth place earner, Matthias Hollberg and Mr. Sydney Rocks.
On her horses, Thornhill Kate and Calafornia:
"Calafornia is a new horse for me that I just got this winter. Thornhill Kate is my more experienced mount. She's very quick, not as big strided, but always game and tries her heart out every time. Calafornia, this is his first time here at Devon, so I am excited that he was so good under the lights and very comfortable in the ring. He has a mammoth stride and he left out a few strides here and there. I was just very pleased with his performance. He was very smooth and super tonight."
On her reaction to winning the class:
"This class was dedicated to my dad last year, so it's really pleasing to have won it after trying for awhile. I've won it before, but the first time since it was dedicated to my dad, so that means a lot to me. I feel like he's probably looking down and smiling."
On the Devon atmosphere:
"For sure [the atmosphere adds to the pressure], but it's super exciting. I think I was more nervous tonight for this class than I was for jumping the [HITS] Million [Grand Prix]. The crowd is so enthusiastic. They get behind you and you really want to please them and do well. It really helps the horses and pumps you up and makes you want to focus and make sure you do a good job."

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