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Laura Chapot wins Grand Prix and Championhip at Devon Fall Classic

Laura Chapot dominated the open jumper 1.45m division at the Devon Fall Classic, Sept. 14-17 in Devon Pa., winning both the $25,000 Grand Prix and the Speed Stake and placing second in the Welcome Stake.

Laura Chaapot on Thornhill KateLaura Chaapot on Thornhill KateShe not only won the Grand Prix, she placed first and second, and she won the Speed Stake on yet a third horse, showing once again her ability to train and ride many different horses to become winners.

To make her victory even sweeter, Chapot won the class that was dedicated to her father, Frank D. Chapot, whose long and outstanding career included both many national and international wins as a rider and later as chef d'equipe of the U.S. show jumping team.

Eight riders were clean in the first round before a packed and enthusiastic crowd to come back in the jump-off.

Chapot on Thornhill Kate was first to go in the jump-off, and she laid down a second clean round in the speedy time of 35.402.

She returned three horses later on Calafornia to post another clean trip in 36.447,and was followed in the ring by Tracy Magness on Intenz Van HD, who was clean but in 37.809 to take third, but a full two seconds slower than the winner.

"Calafornia is a new horse for me that I just got this winter," said Chapot. "Thornhill Kate is my more experienced mount. She's very quick, not as big strided, but always game and tries her heart out every time."

"Calafornia, this is his first time here at Devon, so I am excited that he was so good under the lights and very comfortable in the ring," said Chapot. "He has a mammoth stride, and he left out a few strides here and there. I was just very pleased with his performance. He was very smooth and super tonight."

"This class was dedicated to my dad last year, so it's really pleasing to have won it after trying for awhile," said Chapot. "I've won it before, but the first time since it was dedicated to my dad, so that means a lot to me. I feel like he's probably looking down and smiling."

"For sure, the atmosphere adds to the pressure, but it's super exciting," said Chapot. "I think I was more nervous tonight for this class than I was for jumping the HITS Million. The crowd is so enthusiastic. They get behind you and you really want to please them and do well. It really helps the horses and pumps you up and makes you want to focus and make sure you do a good job."

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Buck Davidson, determined to win at Plantation Field, does just that on Copper Beech

Bruce (Buck) Davidson Jr. said after the stadium jumping phase on Saturday at the Plantation Field International Horse Trial that he was determined to try to win the 3* division, and he went out on Sunday and produced an incredible cross country ride to be one of only five to make the optimum time, in fact beating the time by 12 seconds, to ensure his win.

Buck Davidson on Copper BeechBuck Davidson on Copper Beech"I'm going to set out thinking I'm going to go for it," said Davidson before the cross country. "I'd like to go out and be competitive."

A gorgeous summery day and the top notch competition drew a huge crowd to watch the 45 competitors attack the cross country course designed by Michael Etherington-Smith.

Time is always a factor on cross country, but at Plantation the time produced a real a nail-biter, with only 5.3 penalty points separating the top 10 riders.

The riders went in reverse order of standing on the the final day of the event, which ran Sept. 14-17 in Unionville, Pa., with the top three, Selena O'Hanlon of Canada  on Foxwood High, followed by Jennie Brannigan of Coatesville, Pa., on Cambalda and Davidson of Unionville, Pa., on Copper Beech all going double clear, no jumping and no time faults, to remain third, second and first respectively.

Davidson finished on 43.3, with Brannigan scoring 45.6 and O'Hanlon finishing on 45.8.

Davidson said that he'd seen Brannigan on course while he was starting out, and that she looked as though she was going very fast and would make the time, so Davidson really put the pedal to the metal and smoked around the course.

Davidson was right about Brannigan looking as though she was going fast, because she was, turning in the fastest time of 21 seconds under the time.

"I've lost to Jennie so many times," said Davidson of his determination to beat her this time. "Sean (Copper Beech's barn name) was great. He's matured, but he's still young, he's 11. I could really trust him today."

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Devon Fall Classic begins Sept. 14, hurry to get tickets

The Devon Fall Classic, an all-jumper competition, not only has exciting classes in the Dixon Oval but also includes over 20 vendors. live music, fabulous food and a great Midway carnival.

Midway rides and games for all agesMidway rides and games for all agesTickets are still available, so call 610-688-2554, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit  the "ticket information" page on the Devon website.

Jumper classes begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 with Meter 1, Meter 1.20,  Meter 1.30, Meter 1.40 and 5-, 6- and 7-year-old jumper classes followed by a High Junior/Amateur-Owner class and the Welcome Stake.

On Thursday evening, there's the Opening Night Celebration with live entertainment in the Picnic Grove featuring the Decades Dance Band from 7 to 9:30.

Jumper classes continue Friday beginning at 8 a.m., and the evening session, beginning at 7 p.m., features a High Junior/Amateur-Owner class and the Open Speed Stake.

From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., there's a Children's Storytelling Hour in the Picnic Grove, and from 6 to 9 p.m. is Yappy Hour, so take your dogs with you to enjoy beer and distillery tastings as well as treats for both people and pups.

Then from 7 to 10 p.m. again enjoy live entertainment in the Picnic Grove, this evening featuring the Sin Brothers.

Saturday classes include low and high children's, pony, low amateur-owner, low junior and low and high adult jumpers,, while from 12 to 2 p.m. in the Picnic Grove is Ladies Who Brunch, a catered champagne brunch with a fashion show.

The Saturday evening session, beginning at 7 p.m., includes the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic and the $25,000 Devon Fall Classic Grand Prix.

The Saturday evening entertainment in the Picnic Grove runs from 7 to 11 with the Blue Sky Band and Deck 5.

Sunday classes begin also at 8 a.m. and include low and high adult, low and high children's ,a Pony Jumper Classic, a Low Junior Jumper Classic and a Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic,  while from 12 to 2 p.m. there's a Jazz Brunch in the Picnic Grove with live jazz, and Kid's Day with crafts and fun games

From 12 to 2 p.m., there are pony rides in the schooling ring, and at the conclusion of the show there's a plant sale of all the beautiful flowers that have brightened up the Dixon Oval and stands during the four days.



Matt Brown on BCF Belicoso wins National Open Horse Trials

Matt Brown of Chadds Ford, Pa., won the Jack LeGoff Trophy for the National Open Horse Trials Championship riding Blossom Creek Foundation's BCF Belicoso in Tryon, N.C., on Sept. 3.

Matt Brown on BCF BelicosoMatt Brown on BCF BelicosoBrown was also awarded the USEA Gold Cup Championship at a event that, for the first time in its history, was run with the cross country as the last phase because of severe weather on Saturday.

Because the cross country was held last, the top 10 competitors ran in reverse order of standing on the final day, and Brown, who had been standing fifth after the show jumping phase,, thanks to his double clear round, no jumping and no time faults, moved all the way up to first.

Brown finished on his dressage score of 33.5.

"At the beginning of the week, I joked with my wife Cecily that riding this horse is like riding an electric golf cart that's slightly running our of batteries all the time," said Brown. "He doesn't have much blood to him, but he's always willing to go when I ask him to, and he showed me the same things in the show jumping and on cross country."

Brown had been eventing on the West Coast, but he moved East last year, first renting from Doug Howe in Cochranville and then moving to Chadds Ford.

"The thing I've found really great about being on the East Coast after having some success on the West Coast is that, in order to do well at a competition like this with Doug (Payne), Phillip (Dutton) Jennie (Brannigan), Marilyn (Little) and others, you really have to be on the inside line and not give away those little points," said Brown. "So being back here is definitely pushing me and pushing the horses. I felt like Belicoso really stepped up in all three phases and is constantly improving, so I'm really happy with him."


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Scott Steward wins Green Hunter Incentive for third straight time

Scott Stewart of Flemington, N.J., rode Fashion Farm's Playbook to beat out 140 competitors and win the Green Hunter Incentive Championship for the third year in a row.

Scott Stewart on Playbook photo by Elaine WesselPhelps SportsScott Stewart on Playbook (photo by Elaine Wessel/Phelps Sports)Playbook was consistent throughout the three phase event, never placing below third place or scoring less than 86.5 points.

With Playbook's winnings of over $42,000 over the three-round championship, Stewart has now earned over $200,000 in the Incentive program.

Stewart showed by huge gelding, who stands 17.3h, lightly throughout the summer with the Championship as his primary goal.

"It took him a while to grow up physically because he's so big," said Stewart. "It took him a little while to get coordinated and finish growing up. He probably just finished growing."

In this, the fifth year of the Championship, more than 350 horses enrolled in the program, and 148 entered the event.

Since the program began in 2013, it has awarded over $1.8 million in prize money.

"I think this program is awesome to highlight the young horses," said Stewart. "It makes in worthwhile for the owners to bring them along."

Glen Senk bought the gelding as a 5-year-old, and Stewart has had Playbook now for two years.

"We bought him off a video," said Stewart. "He was doing a little dressage and had barely jumped at all. But I've had a few others by Samba Hit, and I like them, they're all very pretty. He looked the part. With young horses, you never know, but I think it's great. I love the green horses and bringing them along, so it justifies getting them when one wins."

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  2. Laura Graves and Verdades win Grand Prix Special at Aachen, move into 2nd in World Rankings
  3. La La La La wins $7,500 Jumper Stakes at Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show
  4. U.S. team wins FEI Nations Cup held in The Plains, Va.
  5. Devon show bigger and better than ever with record crowds, record revenue
  6. McLain Ward won the $225,000 Devon Grand Prix for the ninth time, but a newcomer took the championship and Leading Rider title
  7. Scott Stewart reigns supreme once more at Devon Horse Show
  8. U.S. win Nations Cup in Canada, qualifies for Barcelona Finals
  9. Sarah Murphy triumphed over Jennie Brannigan and Erika Nesler in an exciting first presentation of Eventing at Devon Horse Show
  10. Taylor St. Jacques wins Devon’s Equitation Championship, Sophie Gochman and Garfield Grand Junior Hunter Champions
  11. Mexico won the second Nations Cup qualifier for Barcelona, making the final in Canada vitally important for the U.S.
  12. Phillip Dutton repeats as Eventing’s National Champion, places three in top 10 at Rolex CCC**** Championship
  13. Photo Gallery from Rolex, 2017
  14. U.S. wins Nations Cup CDIO-U25, second in CDIO3*
  15. Chapot and Stewart repeat as WEF circuit Leading Riders
  16. McLain Ward on HH Azur faultless to win World Cup
  17. Laura Graves on Verdades placed second in World Cup
  18. The Ridge hosted a 13-week greatly expanded series of Wellington shows, offering a great alternative to WEF
  19. U.S. leads in Nations Cup competition to qualify for Barcelona finals
  20. Springsteen speeds to win over 76 competitors at WEF, Ward wins $380,000 GP and Little returns to win after bad fall
  21. Graves impresses with fifth score in the 80s in Wellington Large Tour
  22. Boyd Martin threepeats in $100,000 Wellington Eventing
  23. Chapot takes Winterfest by storm

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