DEVON, Pa.--Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J., one of the Devon spectator's favorite riders, will have at least two grand prix horses at the Devon Fall Classic as well as two sired by Gemini, the clone of the great show jumper Gem Twist.
Her sister, Wendy Nunn, will also be competing in amateur classes as well as one of Laura's students, Barbara Rochford.
The Fall Classic, Sept. 12-15, is back after missing a year, and spectators and riders alike are looking forward to it.
"We're so glad it's back," said Mary Chapot.
The featured competition is the $25,000 Devon Fall Classic Grand Prix, dedicated to Frank Chapot, on Saturday evening, which is the top class of the higher section of jumpers.
LAURA WILL have Thornhill Kate, who has won a grand prix at Lake Placid among many other victories, and Calafornia, who was won a grand prix at HITS and many classes at Lake Placid and other shows, competing in the $25,000 Devon Fall Classic Grand Prix.
The Zone 2 Jumper Championships is also featured at the Fall Classic.
The open jumper section includes classes at 1.00m, 1.20m, 1.20m, 1.30m and 1.40m.
The Welcome Stake at 1.40m is scheduled for Thursday afternoon,
Friday evening features High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers and the $5,000 Speed Stake at 1.40m.
The jumper sections include low and high children's and low and high adult jumpers, low and high junior jumpers and low and high amateur-owner jumpers as well as classes for young jumpers from 5-year-old to 7 year-olds and for thoroughbred jumpers at 1.00m to 105m.
Laura has two horses sired by Gemini in the 7-year-old classes.
At the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair earlier this year, Laura placed both first and second in a 7-year-old class, winning on Pursuit of Happiness, a bay gelding, and placing second on Timeless, a grey mare.
As entertaining as great open jumping is, there's a lot more than jumping to keep every member of the family busy at the Fall Classic.
Even the family dog can get in the act.
There's Yappy Hour on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Picnic Grove along with local distillery and craft beer tastings in the Grove from 5 to 7.
What's better than a Yappy Hour with your favorite pet in tow.,
Saturday evening there will be live entertainment by Prime Time, a 60's, 70's and 80's dance band, in the Pavilion.
There's plenty to keep the family's children busy.
On Saturday, there will be kids' activities in the Pavilion in the morning, and from 2:30 to 4 p.m. a chili contest will be featured in the pavilion.
Sunday's activities may included such family friendly activities as pony rides and face painting, and there will be a plant sale after the last class.
There will be a Midway for kids, complete with an oversized Ferris wheel.
And there's plenty of delicious food at the Fall Classic.
Wild Blue catering will provided freshly made, delicious food with a different specialty theme each evening, and Bassett's ice cream is back with Devon's favorite flavors.
The prize list is available on the Devon website at www.devonhorseshow.net.