Laura Chapot captured the Budweiser Grand Prix of Lake Placid at the Lake Placid Horse Show July 4. Other winners included Margie Engle (Golden Arrow Open Jump-off) and Callan Solem (Holiday Inn Lake Placid Resort NAL Speed Stake). Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J. won the $50,000 Budweiser Grand Prix of Lake Placid for the Whitney Perpetual Challenge Trophy to close the 35th annual Lake Placid Horse Show in Lake Placid, N.Y., July 4.
Chapot was one of only five from the starting field of 38 to qualify for the tiebreaking jump-off by riding without penalty over the 17-jump, first-round course. Margie Engle of Wellington, Fla., was the first to return for the eight-jump tiebreaker that featured an unusual faults-converted format. The Sydney Olympic veteran who has been a Grand Prix champion in Lake Placid six times set a tough mark by finishing clean in 36.846 seconds on her 2000 Sydney Olympic mount, Hidden Creek's Perin.
The next to return was Chapot and she blazed over the Steve Stephens-designed course, finishing clean in 36.030 seconds on her 10-year-old Dutch-bred, Little Big Man. None of the final three entries could catch Chapot with the closest being Callan Solem of Colt's Neck, N.J. who took third place by finishing clean in 37.070 seconds on Allison.
Chapot also put herself in a position to win the Lake Placid Horse Shows' $25,000 Hidden Creek Challenge that awards a $25,000 bonus to any rider winning the Budweiser Grand Prix of Lake Placid and next week's $50,000 Hermès I Love New York Grand Prix. The I Love New York Horse Show immediately follows the Lake Placid Horse Show on the North Elba Showgrounds, July 7-11.
Prior to the Grand Prix, Jessica Siuda rode Jasmine to victory in the $10,000 Mirror Lake Inn Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Siuda topped a field of 30 horses by turning in two penalty-free rounds and the fastest jump-off time of 34.418 seconds. The Mirror Lake Inn Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic is a member event of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series that helps determine who qualifies to ride in the National Horse Show in Wellington, FL in November.
Another member event of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series is the Shamrock Ventures LLC Junior Jumper Classic that was won by Charlie Jayne on Kinda Blue. Jayne topped a field of 26 entries with two clean rides and a jump-off time of 41.319 seconds.
Margie Engle Wins Golden Arrow Open Jump-off
Margie Engle of Wellington, Fla., rode Nobility to victory in the Golden Arrow 1.45m Open Jump-off July 3.
Engle was one of only four from the starting field of 24 to qualify for the tiebreaking jump-off by riding without penalty over the 14-jump, first-round course at the North Elba Showgrounds. In the jump-off she finished in 34.549 seconds for the win.
Saturday's other winners included Kate Levy of South Salem, N.Y., who rode Sampson to victory in the Charlotte Bobcats Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Julie Welles, who won the Adirondack Life Low Junior Jumper Classic on Lapeti and Jane Silfen who won The Phelps School North American League (NAL) Adult Amateur Jumper Classic on Mancuso. Silfen's win earned her and Mancuso the championship in the horse show's Adult Jumper (age 18-40) division.
Callan Solem Wins Holiday Inn Lake Placid Resort NAL Speed Stake
Callan Solem of Colt's Neck, N.J., rode Warsaw to victory in the Holiday Inn Lake Placid Resort North American League (NAL) Open Speed Stake July 2.
Solem was the 13th of 21 entries to ride over the 12-jump, one-round course at the North Elba Showgrounds in Lake Placid. She and Warsaw completed the course fault-free in 52.911 seconds to take the class lead.
The next rider, Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J., then beat Solem's time, finishing in 51.042 seconds. However, her mount, Three Coins, lowered a rail at the second-to-last fence adding four penalty seconds to their time and leaving them in second place with an adjusted score of 55.042. Third place went to Christine Tribble of Suffield, Conn., who finished clean in 55.566 seconds on Rioletto.