DEVON, Pa.--Wendy Chapot Nunn went first of 10 in the jump-off for the $10,000 Adult Amateur Jumper Classic, but despite that disadvantage, she laid down such a fast clean trip that none of the following riders could catch her.
Riding Cache, Nunn finished clean in 32.369 to win over Emily Aitken on Binja, clean in 32.693, and Morganne Young on Golden Gun was third, claen in 32.852.
"She was amazing," said Nunn of her mare. "Going first actually worked out well for me. You go in, do your plan and let everyone chase you."
Going first may have worked out well, but it was pretty stressful.
"I was a mess." said Nunn. "There's a big screen in the Wheeler ring, so I was watching the class. I stayed on Cache and watched the screen. Cache watched it, too. I was a nervous wreck. I kept saying, `What was my time?'"
NUNN HAD also won the first class on Cache, but then had an uncharacteristic stop in the second class.
"Cache wasn't feeling well," said Nunn. "The lights were on all night in the stabling, and she was tired. She's a very big drinker, so we gave her a lot of water, and she had a couple of naps before the Classic, so she was back to herself again."
With the two wins, Nunn won the Adult Amateur Championship, and that was for the second year in a row.
"I was so nervous coming into this week," said Nunn. "I kept thinking, how can I do better. This was the first time I won the Classic. Last year I won the first two classes. Everything just came up right in the jump-off in the Clasic."
Nunn is no stranger to winning at Devon.
She was Junior Jumper Champion on Good Enough, and then won the Amateur Owner Championship twice on Good Enough before winning it a third time on News Girl to retire the trophy.
The entire Chapot family is accustomed to winning at Devon, beginning with parents Mary and Frank Chapot, who scored multiple wins in Open Jumpers before Frank went on to be the course designer for many years.
Laura has won beginning with riding ponies and going on to win Devon Leading Open Jumper Rider a number of times and most recently winning the $74,000 Idle Dice Stakes last year on Diardo's Flying Dutchman.
Hunters began competition on Memorial Day, with Nick Haness winning two Green Conformation classes on McQueen and also winning a Green Hunter, 3'6 class on Day Won.
Colin Syquia on Front Page won both Green Hunter, 3'9" classes.
Scott Stewart began his defense of his 2022 Leading Hunter Rider title with a won on Colter in Green Hunter 3'6".