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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Chapot wins four classes at HITS Saugerties, including a Grand Prix


SAUGERTIES, N.Y.--Laura Chapot won four classes, including a Grand Prix, at HITS during the week of July 24-28.

Laura Chaot on Chandon BlueLaura Chapot on Chandon Blue winning the Friday Grand PrixShe also place third in the Jumper Classic, and on four different horses.

"They all went great," said Chapot, who has 17 horses, including those she shows as well as her students' horses.

Chapot started by winning the $5,000 Open Welcome on Umberto in a time of 35.405, moving up from their second place finish in the class last week.

Her time was almost a full two seconds faster than second placed Canadian Erynn Ballard on Cirdano VD Vijverhoeve, who finished in 37.114,  while Peter Leone on Capito Z plced third in 37.554.

Chapot continued her winning streak at HITS V when she crossed the timers in a quick time of 41.168 on Gideon to secure victory in the $10,000 HITS Jumper Classic Thursday afternoon.

This time she was one second faster than second placed Sophie Morner of New York, N.Y., on Elliot, who finished in 42.131, while Kevin Mealiff on Forman de Virton was third in 42.672.


FOR THE second week in a row and for her third win of the week, Chapot soared to a first place finish and the winner's check in the $25,000 Grand Prix on Friday.

Chapot was the only double clear ride in the class, finishing in a time of 41.600 aboard Chandon Blue.

The week before, her first week at HITS Saugerties, she won the Friday Grand Prix on Calafornie.

David Raposaof Clinton, N.Y., was second on Iliona with 4 Faults in the time of  41.006, while Mealiff placed third again, this time on Idylle van de Eilhoeve with 4 Faults in 41.195.

Chapot captured another first place ribbon, again aboard Umberto, but this time just by fractions of a second, with a time of 32.446 in the $10,000 Jumper Classic.

Second place went to New Zealander Kirk Webby on Brando du Rouet, who stopped the clock just 4/10 second slower, in 32.874.

Chapot also place third in the Classic on Little Firebird finishing in 33.964.

"We'll spend another week up here and then go home for a week," said Chapot. "Then well come back up for the final two weeks."

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