DEVON, Pa.--Laura Chapot opened her defense of her championship at the Devon Fall Classic with a win in the $5,000 Welcome Stake Thursday evening, Sept. 14.
Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J., was co-champion with two horses along with Sloane Coles and Mia Mannis last year.
This year, she is showing two different horses in the open Jumper section, and she won Thursday evening on C&C Willow.
Not only did she win, but she won in a seven horse jump off with a clean round in 37.734, an amazing five full seconds faster than second placed Coles on Ninja Van De Moerhouve, who finished clean in 42.614.
Andrew Ross on Cornet's Cobalt was third, Clean in 44.804.
"I've had this mare for about a year," said Chapot. "She's nice. She's very forward and brave. She likes to go to the jumps."
"I was about 10th in the order," she said."I just rode my plan. She has a big stride so that means in makes leaving out a stride very easy. This was her first rime showing under lights. She was good."
CHAPOT also won the Seven Year Old Young Jumper 1.35m class riding Tyson Fury.
"I've had Tyson Fury since the end of his 4-year-old year," she said."He also was circuit champion in this division in Florida."
Doug King of Chester Springs, Pa., on Main Line Girl won the $1,500 1.30m class with one of two clean rounds in a seven horse jump-off.
King finished in 36.158 to beat August Torsilieri on Glen who finished in 36.381.
Lucy Matz of Cochranville, Pa., on Starstuck NA won the Five Year Old Young Jumper.
Andrew Ross on Cornet's Cobalt was third, clean