Laura Chapot (USA) and Out of Ireland topped a field of 92 entries to win the $25,000 ProElite® 1.45m Jumper Classic on Thursday in the International Arena.
The large starting field was narrowed down to 11 entries qualified to return to jump off over the Steve Stephens-designed course, and once onto the jump-off, the early time to beat – and the first double clear effort – was turned in by the sixth to return, Kelli Cruciotti (USA), who tripped the timers in 30.76 seconds to move into the lead aboard Grandy de Laubry, owned by 3 Seas, LLC. Cruciotti’s lead would prove to be short-lived however, as Chapot returned next, stopping the clock in 28.81 seconds to ultimately take the win aboard Out of Ireland, owned by The Edge.
Laura Chapot and Out of Ireland. Photo © Sportfot
With three of the remaining entries proving fast enough to catch Cruciotti, but not quite quick enough to catch Chapot, second place with a time of 29.58 seconds went to Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) and Soory de l’Hallali, owned by Stephex Stables, with a time of 29.79 seconds. Third place was awarded to Martin Fuchs (SUI) riding Faberlys for owner SPCS, and fourth place on a time of 29.84 seconds went to Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Palina de l’Escaut, owned by Sweet Oak Farm, Spy Coast Farm, and Paul Tracy. The final double clear in the jump-off was Georgina Bloomberg (USA) on Gotham Enterprizes LLC’s Tulara Colmine, who finished in 33.55 seconds.
“I think [Steve Stephens] did a fantastic job,” said Chapot. “To have 92 horses in the class and only 11 clear – it wasn’t like he built massively, or there weren’t any people on the ground or anything like that, I think it was just technical; time was tight, and it kept you thinking the whole way around. That catches people.”
For Chapot, who has had the ride on Out of Ireland for five years, the time was not something she really had to worry about.
“From the first day I had her, she’s always been very strong-willed and opinionated,” said Chapot of the 13-year-old Anglo European mare. “She really has her own style of jumping, but she does try to be very careful, and she’s very quick. She’s almost deceptively fast. A lot of the time, you’ll not think you’re going very fast, and she’s still winning the class.”
The mare’s own style that Chapot mentions is one with the mare’s head naturally held higher in the air than most horses, but that seems to suit her well.
“That’s been her style always,” said Chapot. “She seems to find a way to miss the jumps anyway. When I ride her, I just try to think about keeping things smooth because the less you interfere with her, the better she’s going to jump – as with most horses.”
Jessica Upham, Equine Specialist, and Jeff Fosenburg, Sales Consultant of Cargill Animal Nutrition, Ringmaster Steve Rector, and Laura Chapot. Photo © Sportfot
Chapot will next aim the mare at Saturday afternoon’s $50,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m National Grand Prix before looking to potential national level grand prix events through the remainder of the WEF season.
“She’s just been sort of edging up to that level,” continued Chapot. “She certainly has a lot of ability, it’s sometimes just her spirit gets a little bit in the way. She gets a little over the top going; she wants to go fast. So, we’ve been very careful about always keeping her confidence level very high because she does try hard. I think we’ll just keep looking for the opportunities as they arise to keep pushing her up a level!”
Final Results: $25,000 ProElite® 1.45m Jumper Classic
1 OUT OF IRELAND: 2006 Anglo European mare by Lougherne Connaught x Amiro M
LAURA CHAPOT (USA), The Edge: 0/0/28.81
2 SOORY DE L’HALLALI: 2006 Selle Francais mare
LORENZO DE LUCA (ITA), Stephex Stables: 0/0/29.58
3 FABERLYS: 2010 gelding by Cornet Obolensky
MARTIN FUCHS (SUI), SPCS: 0/0/29.79
4 PALINA DE L’ESCAUT: 2009 Hanoverian mare by Perigueux x Gottard
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Sweet Oak Farm, Spy Coast Farm, and Paul Tracy: 0/0/29.84
5 GRANDY DE LAUBRY: 2006 Belgian Warmblood mare by Chin Chin
KELLI CRUCIOTTI (USA), 3 Seas, LLC: 0/0/30.76
6 TULARA COLMINE: 2010 Warmblood stallion by Colman x Quinar
GEORGINA BLOOMBERG (USA), Gotham Enterprizes, LLC: 0/0/33.55
7 HH VENICE BEACH: 2009 Hanoverian mare by Voltaire x Escudo I
ALI WOLFF (USA), Double H Farm: 0/4/30.22
8 CORNETIERO: 2006 Westphalian gelding by Cornet Obolensky x Liberty Life
CARLY ANTHONY (USA), Little Valley Farms: 0/4/30.82
9 CADE: 2002 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Heartbreaker x Darco
ABIGAIL MCARDLE (USA), David McArdle: 0/4/31.21
10 VALENTINO V Z: 2009 Zangersheide stallion by Verdi x Converter
MARIA COSTA (USA), Ravello Farms, LLC: 0/4/32.35
11 FANCY GIRL: 2010 KWPN mare
WILLIE TYNAN (IRL), Michelle Guardino: 0/12/32.30
12 LUCKY STRIKE: 2006 Holsteiner gelding by Lasino x Sir Shostakovich XX
HUNTER HOLLOWAY (USA), Hays Investment Corp.: 1/78.60