Laura Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince Win $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson IV

By HITS Horse Shows

Saugerties, New York: Laura Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince won Friday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, going last in a six-horse jump off and clipping the time of second-place finisher Ronan McGuigan and Capall Zidane.

“I didn’t get to see Ronan, but I know whenever he gets into the ring it’s going to be a fast round, especially with that horse. He’s very hard to beat,” said Chapot. “But, fortunately, my horse has a tremendous stride and I was able to leave out a stride down the first line and the second line. We made an awesome turnback to the skinny orange slice jump and I thought, ‘maybe I have a chance’ then.”

Going first in the jump-off, under perfect summer weather conditions, was Saugerties resident Heather Caristo-Williams on Freak Out, owned by her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Caristo. With a careful, clean round, Caristo-Williams and Freak Out completed the course in 41.650 seconds to ultimately place fourth. Up next was Juan Manuel Gallego, of Medellin, Colombia, on Hannes Van Het Scheefkasteel, owned by Carolina Ramelli Barrera, who finished with four faults in 43.975 seconds for sixth.

Chapot, of Neshanic Station, New Jersey, on her first ride, ISHD Dual Star, owned by Mary Chapot, went third but had four faults at the first jump. They finished in 37.872, the faster of the two four-faulters, to place fifth. Ronan McGuigan was next to go on his Capall Zidane, who had finished second to Chapot’s win in Wednesday’s $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome. The pair completed the jump-off course in a speedy 37.629 seconds, setting the Great American Time to Beat.

Judy Garofalo Torres, of Dover Plains, New York, on Quattro Queen, owned by Juan Torres, went fifth and finished in a clean 39.394 seconds to claim third place. Lastly, Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince, owned by Chapot and McLain Ward, conquered the course to claim first place by a full second, in 36.531 seconds, causing the crowd to erupt in cheers.

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(c) ESI Photography Laura Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince, owned by Chapot and McLain Ward, go clear over a Vetera® XP Vaccines jump in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix Friday at HITS-on-the-Hudson IV.

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(c) ESI Photography Laura Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince, owned by Chapot and McLain Ward, in a presentation photo after winning the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix Friday at HITS-on-the-Hudson IV.

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Laura Chapot and Umberto Win $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome
Laura Chapot claimed first and third place in Wednesday’s $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome on Umberto and Out of Ireland, respectively, both owned by her mother, Mary Chapot.

In an exciting class that saw no one going clean in the jump-off, Chapot, of Neshanic Station, New Jersey, and Umberto had the fastest time of the four-faulters at 42.605 seconds. Coming in a close second was Ronan McGuigan, of Far Hills, New Jersey, on his Capall Zidane, with four faults, in 43.555 seconds. Rounding out third, Chapot and Out of Ireland completed the shortened course with four faults in 44.947 seconds.

“It ended up being an interesting class, since no one went clean in the jump-off,” Chapot said. “My horse (Umberto) had the very last fence down — barely touched it — but he had the fastest time anyway, so we ended up with the win. And (Out of Ireland), this is her first time in the Open Welcome. She put in a great round to finish third behind Ronan, who has a very fast horse, as well.”

Chapot said of Umberto, a 14-year-old Irish-bred gelding, “He’s been at Saugerties for a number of years. He’s won a couple Grand Prix here. He loves Saugerties.”

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(c) ESI Photography Laura Chapot and Umberto, owned by Mary Chapot, took first place in Wednesday’s $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome at HITS-on-the-Hudson IV.

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