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Laura Chapot and McLain Ward both win two featured classes at Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID, N.Y.--Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J., and McLain Ward of Brewster, N.Y., each won two of the featured classes on the first four days of the second week in Lake Placid at the I Love New York Horse Show, while Chapot also placed second in a featured class and won a third class on Friday.

Laura Chapot on Out of IrelandLaura Chapot on Out of IrelandKevin Babington of Gwynedd Valley, Pa., placed second in two of the featured classes and third in another.

Laura Chapot rode Umberto to win the $1,500, 1.35m Jumper Class Tuesday, July 3, to open the I Love New York Horse Show, the second week of the 49th annual Lake Placid Horse Shows.

Six entries went clean over the one-round course designed by Michel Vaillancort, who was the course designer throughout the second week.

Of those, Chapot turned in the fastest time of 54.403 seconds to claim the win.

Placing second with a clean ride in 56.249 seconds on Epeios was Cassandra Kahle and third was U.S. Olympic silver medalist Peter Leone with a time of 58.941 seconds on Capito Z.

The next day, Wednesday, July 4, Chapot rode Out of Ireland to win in the $5,000, 1.40m Open Jumper Stake.

Thirteen of 28 entries were clean to move on to the tiebreaking jump-off, and five of those also rode clean in the jump-off, with Chapot turning in the fastest time of 32.039 seconds to win the horse show's featured class for the second straight day.

 

PLACING SECOND on Call Me Ruth was Irish Olympic veteran Kevin Babington, winner of this past Sunday's $75,000 Prevost Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix.

He completed the jump-off fault-free in 34.096 seconds, and Sloane Coles was third with a clean jump-off ride in 34.845 seconds on MTF Saint Simeon.

Earlier on Wednesday, Paige Jardine rode Full Speed to the win over a 44-horse field in the $1,200, 1.30m Jumper Class, while Babington placed second in this class as well, this time on ESI Vienna.

Third went to McKayla Langmeier, who was third in Sunday's Grand Prix, on Flippant.

McLain Ward on HH Gigis Girl at lake PlacidMcLain Ward on HH Gigi's Girl On Thursday, July 5, it was two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Ward who celebrated his return to Lake Placid with a win in the $30,000 Jumper Classic Thursday, the first of his two wins in the first four days.

Nine of 35 entries reached the tie-breaking jump-off.

Ward, the 2017 FEI World Cup champion and currently the world's number two ranked rider, was the first to tackle the eight-jump jump-off course, and he rode HH Gigi's Girl to a clean round in 37.634 seconds to set the mark to beat.

None of the remaining entries could catch Ward's score, but.coming closest was Babington, who was second on Super Chilled with a fault-free jump-off ride in 38.303 seconds.

Third place went to Catherine Tyree with a clean jump-off ride in 39.672 seconds on Enjoy Louis.

Earlier Thursday morning, Sloane Coles and Copias were one of five horse and rider combinations to turn in a clean round in the $5,000 1.40m Jumper Class, taking home first place with a time of 56.051 seconds.

Chapot, winner of the horse show's featured classes on Tuesday and Wednesday, took second and third place aboard Zealous and Out of Ireland, respectively.

Ward won his second featured class, the $20,000 1.40m Open Jumper Stake, on Friday.

Eight of 24 entries reached the jump-off and seven of the eight then went clean over the seven-jump jump-off course, with Ward winning with the fastest time of 32.812 seconds on Cerise.

Less than two tenths of a second away from first place was Chapot and Out of Ireland, who won Tuesday and Wednesday's featured classes.

Chapot finished in 32.964 seconds, and Babington was third on Call Me Ruth with a time of 33.801 seconds, followed by Chapot in fourth place aboard Shooting Star with a time of 34.072 seconds.

Earlier Friday morning, Chapot and Umberto, winner of Tuesday's featured class, won the $1,500, 1.35m Jumper Class.

Chapot was one of 13 to go clean in the one-round class, and she earned the win by having the fastest time of 52.665 seconds.

Second place went to Tom Foley aboard Barney Rubble with a time of 53.399 seconds and Chapot also took third aboard Cybel II with a time of 54.011 seconds.

Alix Coleman

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