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Laura Chapot and Little Big Man Notch First Open Jumper Victory at 2006
Devon Horse Show
PHOTO CREDIT: Larioso and McLain Ward, winners of the first Open Jumper
speed class at 2006 Devon Horse Show. Photo (c) 2006 Jennifer
Jennifer Wood of Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
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Devon, PA - May 30, 2006 - The Open Jumpers opened up competition today
at the 2006 Devon Horse Show, and it was last year's Leading Open Jumper
Rider, Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ, who scored the Tuesday
night win in the $7,500 Time First Jump-off class.
Designed by Germany's Olaf Peterson Jr., the course hosted 23 entries
for the first round and a staggering 13 went clear. Only 11 horses
elected to return for the jump-off, a twisting eight jump shortened
course. Chapot said of the jump-off, "It was a little bit long for the
first class, but I think it worked out in the end. He built such a nice,
inviting first course that he had a number clear. The longer jump-off
tends to separate them out."
First to return was Laura Chapot on her first horse, Samantha, owned by
the Sundance Group. They had an unlucky rail at the second jump and came
home with four faults and a time of 44.054 seconds. "This is the first
time she's stepped up to this level at Devon," Chapot explained. "I
really ran pretty fast to those first two fences. She's entered for the
grand prix, and I'm really, really pleased with her performance."
The first clear in the jump-off would be put up by Church Road and
Argentinian rider Max Amaya. They finished with a slower time of 45.413
seconds and moved into the lead.
Two horses later, Jimmy Torano and Marlo had smooth, clean trip to post
a clear round in a time of 44.572 seconds. Alison Firestone and La Supra
threatened with a clean trip, but could not catch Torano's time and
finished in 51.429 seconds.
Victory seemed set up for Little Big Man and Laura Chapot, who are known
for their blazing fast speed. As they sliced across the verticals and
turned through the air, it was apparent that Chapot was going for the
win. It came easily, as they chopped two full seconds off of Torano's
time in 42.455 seconds.
After the class, Chapot revealed, "He has not jumped one jump since the
American Invitational. He was ready to go!" She also told of his latest
extravagant characteristic, "He's always been a little bit frisky, but
now his new trick is to jump the jump and buck. He does a good job of
clearing a schooling area. Everyone knows to stay away from me."
Despite his antics in the schooling ring, the eleven year old
Thoroughbred is all business when he walks in for a jump-off. "He knows
what he's doing when he gets in the ring," Chapot acknowledged. "He has
a big ego. He thinks he's king, and he ends up being king! He doesn't
know what he can't do, and we try and keep it that way."
Chapot has four horses in the Open Jumper division at Devon this year
and will be a good bet to win her second rider title in a row. "It would
be pretty hard to top last year. That was pretty incredible," she
admitted. "But so far, so good. They all jumped great. The new footing
seems to suit everyone well. It seemed to hold up well, and the horses
felt like they were jumping well on it. We'll see how the rest of the
week goes." She also said that she feels lucky to have so many nice
horses at one time. "It's more often than not that you don't have so
many. I'm very lucky right now. In this sport it's easy for things to go
wrong and to take a step back, so I'm enjoying it while I have it," she
Official Results: Class 276, $7,500 Open Jumper, time first jump-off,
1. Little Big Man, Laura Chapot: 0/0/42.455
2. Marlo, Jimmy Torano: 0/0/44.572
3. Church Road, Max Amaya: 0/0/45.413
Sarah Becker and B&B Saddlery
4. La Supra, Alison Firestone: 0/0/51.429
M/M Bertram Firestone
5. Icon, Peter Leone: 0/4/44.039
Lionshare Farm, Inc.
6. Samantha, Laura Chapot: 0/4/44.054
7. La Rocco Junior, Michael Walton: 0/4/44.582
Penlyn Farm Inc. and J. Peter Nissen
8. Quarnack de Longpre, Meghan Moran: 0/4/44.660
9. Carlos Boy, Ken Berkley: 0/4/47.740
Krista and Alexa Weisman
10. Rockford, Keri Potter Pessoa: 0/4/55.422
Keri Potter Pessoa
11. Great American, Mark Leone: 0/12/51.708
Ri-Arm Farm Inc. and All Seasons Farm
12. Pinkata de Longpre, Mark Leone: 0/NS
Ri-Arm Farm Inc.
12. Carling King, Kevin Babington: 0/NS
Kindle Hill Farm
It was Olympic Gold medalist McLain Ward with the win on Larioso in the
first Open Jumper class at the 2006 Devon Horse Show. Back from a
successful tour in Europe, Ward was happy to begin Devon with a victory.
"We had a great tour in Europe, and I think my mare is just about ready
for the world championships. It's nice to be home, and the weather is
certainly considerably better!" he said with a laugh. "Sapphire will
show in the second Lake Placid and one start in August at Saugerties
before she goes back to Europe. I've brought three other experienced
horses here, which I think is important at a show as difficult as Devon.
They're horses that have been around the block. So hopefully if I don't
get in their way too much, they'll perform well."
In a 22 horse field over the Table II (a) course, Ward and Larioso were
nineteenth in the order. They chased a clear, fast round set by Callan
Solem and Warsaw. They flew around the course and tripped the timers in
60.893 seconds, a full eight seconds faster.
About Larioso, Ward commented, "He's a very careful horse. He's a horse
that I have for sale, and he's been a nice campaigner for me. He's a
real winner and a lovely horse. He's sometimes a little bit spooky, so
you have to watch him the first time. He's never does anything really
wrong, but you have to make sure something odd doesn't happen. This is a
spooky ring, so I was quite happy with him."
Ward also spoke about the evolution of Open Jumper speed classes at
Devon. "Devon was traditionally a run-and-gun speed class. They were
typically very small and very fast," he said. "They've evolved with a
European course influence into a bigger speed division. It's different,
but I don't think it's bad. It takes a little better horse sometimes and
a little more accurate riding. The crowd is so educated here at Devon
that they appreciate the performance."
For the opening class, many riders took their time. "It wasn't an overly
fast class," Ward explained. "I thought I had a faster ride on Galant,
but I made a mistake at the red oxer. It was a beatable round; a bunch
of horses could have given him a run for his money. The first class is
typically a little reserved. It was nice to strike early."
For full horse show results, please visit www.thedevonhorseshow.com