LAKE PLACID, N.Y.--Setting off just as she had during the first week, Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J., won the $1,500, 1.35m Jumper Class to start the second week at the Lake Placid Horse Shows.
Featuring some of the biggest names in the sport, the second week's I Love New York Horse Show runs through Sunday, July 7.
Chapot won the class on Little Firebird by turning in the fastest fault-free ride over the one-round course designed by Bernardo Costa Cabral of Portugal.
She finished clean in 55.183 seconds to claim the win over Irish Olympic veteran Kevin Babington of Gwnedd Valley, Pa., who finished clean in 57.122 seconds on Dundee.
Chapot and Babington dominated the open jumper classes during the first week at lake Placid and are starting out in the same vein.
Chapot also finished third in the class with a clean ride in 57.525 seconds on Umberto.
SET AGAINST the backdrop of the stunning Adirondack Mountains, the Lake Placid Horse Shows, held at the North Elba Showgrounds, are celebrating 50 years of show jumping in Lake Placid.
They are considered by many as, “The Best Two Weeks of a Horseman’s Summer.”
The US Equestrian Federation (USEF) has designated the Lake Placid Horse Shows as a "USEF Heritage Competition," an honor reserved for an elite group of exceptional shows.
Offering $560,000 prize money, the Lake Placid Horse Shows feature four show rings with more than 100 classes of competition each week.