Frank Chapot Honored With USA Equestrian Lifetime Achievement Award

Wednesday, December 19, 2001

Frank Chapot, Wendy, Mary and Laura Chapot

Frank Chapot, Wendy, Mary and Laura Chapot

Dec 19, 2001 - Mr. Frank D. Chapot, 69, of Neshanic Station, New Jersey, has been named as the winner of the 2001 First USA Bank/USA Equestrian Lifetime Achievement Award for the Jimmy A. Williams Trophy. This prestigious award is bestowed annually by the USA Equestrian Executive Committee to an outstanding equestrian whose "lifetime experience and accomplishments exemplify uncommon devotion to the sport of horse showing and whose equestrian career and horsemanship has continually elevated the sport's excellence."

Chapot has been a key figure with the United States Equestrian Team, first as the youngest member of the 1956 Olympic team, and after five other Olympic appearances as a rider, he moved on to serve as Chef d'Equipe, helping them attain the first Show Jumping team gold medal in the Olympic Games in 1984.

Frank Chapot and Gem Twist

Frank Chapot and Gem Twist

This six-time Olympian was named AHSA's Horseman of the Year in 1969 placing him in an elite category of those receiving both Horseman of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Awards. Chapot adds his name to this distinguished list of equestrians who have made their indelible marks in the world of horse sports, including Kenneth and Sallie Wheeler, William B. Steinkraus, Bertalan de Nemethy, Helen Crabtree and the first Lifetime Achievement recipient, Jimmy A. Williams. He was a long-time member of the USA Equestrian Board of Directors, and an officer as well.

Frank Chapot will be formally presented with this honor during the USA Equestrian Annual Meeting, January 9-13, 2002 in Charlotte, North Carolina as part of the Friday night Pegasus Awards Dinner.

Frank Chapot

  • In 1956, Mr. Chapot was the youngest member of the USET Olympic Team while on active duty with the U.S. Air Force.
  • Graduate of Wharton Business School, Penn State University
  • Married to the former Mary Mairs, an Olympic teammate in 1964 and 1968. Their two daughters, Wendy and Laura, have both achieved success in the show ring.
  • Winner of the 1948 Maclay Cup.
  • 1969 AHSA Horseman of the Year
  • 1994 Inductee in the Show Jumping Hall of Famme

Frank Chapot - Four decades as a key figure in the USET

  • Past 20 years has produced amazing record for the USET
  • Five additional Olympic appearances, last appearance as a rider in 1976.
  • Participant on 46 winning Nation Cup Teams
  • Two Olympic Silver medals
  • Individual Bronze in the 1974 World Championships
  • Victories at the President's Cup, The Grand Prix of NY and London, England's King George V Gold Cup
  • In the early 80s, Chapot made the transition from rider to Chef d'Equipe
  • 1984, the team obtained the Gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • 1986, a Gold medal Team at the World Equestrian Games - Aachen, Germany
  • 1988, the Team won the Silver medal at the Seoul Olympics
  • Anchor of the winning team was Greg Best, pupil and 1988 Individual Silver medallist on Gem Twist, bred by Chapot.
  • 1996, the team won the Silver medal at the Centennial Olympic Games - Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1997, Chapot guided the U.S. team to victory at the FEI Nations Cup Series Championship. First win since 1968, when Chapot was a rider

Frank Chapot Serving the AHSA in Many Respects

  • Last Chair of the Jumper Committee, has been a member of the committee for over 30 years
  • Current member of the FEI Competitions Committee
  • Past member of the AHSA LOC Committee, AHSA Hearing Committee and former Secretary of the Association
  • Active Equitation, Hunter and Jumper Judge and Course Designer with the AHSA, officiating at the AHSA Hunter Seat Medal Finals, the ASPCA Maclay Equitation Finals and the USET Equitation Finals
  • Mr. Chapot is also active with the USET
  • Former Vice President of Show Jumping

Active member of the USET Jumper Committee and member of the Board of Directors Mr. Chapot has been an instrument in the success of many horses including the following: Viscount, Trail Guide, Mainspring, White Lightning, Good Twist, San Lucas, and Gem Twist.