LAKE PLACID, N.Y.--Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J., has dominated Lake Placid's jumper division, winning yet again in the featured event on Thursday, July 7, the $30,000 Open Jumper Classic at the I Love New York Horse Show, the second week of the 2022 Lake Placid Horse Shows.
Chapot was one of only three entries to reach the jump-off with a clean ride over the first-round course designed by Bernardo Costa Cabral, course designer for next year’s FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha.
Paige Jardine was first to return for the tiebreaking jump-off, and she had one rail down for four faults in 33.214 seconds on Chaccara Blue.
Jimmy Torano followed with a clean ride in 35.838 seconds on Chewbacca HCC before Chapot clinched the win, going clean in 35.448 seconds on Diarado’s Flying Dutchman.
Chapot also finished fourth with the fastest four-fault ride in the first round on Chandon Blue, winner of last Sunday’s $100,000 Grand Prix.
“Both my horses that went today have a certain way of going, so I always try to stick to my plan no matter what is happening in the class,” Chapot said. “I was actually kind of happy someone finally went clear because otherwise it was going to be a very big jump-off with so many having four faults. I never watch what the others do in the jump-off. I prefer to stick to my plan and not be influenced by what the others are doing. Today it worked out.”