Lake Placid, New York - Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ won the $75,000 Equine Insurance Services/Great American Grand Prix to culminate the second week of the 46th annual Lake Placid Horse Shows, Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC.
Her win capped a phenomenal week which saw her win several classes and came fifty years to the week after her mother Mary, a two-time Olympian and an inductee in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, won the first show jumping Grand Prix ever held in the U.S. at the Chagrin Valley Horse Show in Cleveland, Ohio. One of four starters to reach the jump-off by riding without penalty over the 16-jump, first-round course designed by Richard Jeffery, Chapot was the last to try the eight-jump tiebreaker course at the North Elba Show Grounds.
The lead was held by Devin Ryan of Long Valley, NJ, who had completed the jump-off clean in 42.661 seconds on Cooper, the eight-year-old, Dutch Warmblood on whom he had won the $30,000 CMJ Sporthorse Jumper Classic on Friday. Chapot blazed over the course on ISHD Dual Star, a 13-year-old, Irish Sporthorse mare, and took the win by finishing clean in 42.214 seconds.
"You really had to go fast the entire course," Chapot said. "The one in the lead had gone very fast and if there was going to be any chance to win I knew I had to go fast right from the start. I had no intention of holding back. You might as well not go in the ring at all if you're not going to go for it." Finishing third behind Chapot and Ryan was 21-year-old Northwestern University junior Catherine Tyree of Chicago with a clean jump-off ride in 45.617 seconds on Enjoy Louis and fourth was 2011 Pan American Games double Gold Medalist Christine McCrea of Windsor, CT who had four jump-off faults and a time of 43.410 seconds on Wannick WH.
Further information on the Lake Placid Horse Show Series, Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC is available by calling the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 518-523-9625 or on line at www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.