Skillman, NJ – May 15, 2017 – The May Princeton Show Jumping ended with a very exciting Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. Three inches of rain fell Saturday and much to the exhibitors delight the footing remained absolutely perfect. Some thought it felt even better!
Course designer, Andrew H. Philbrick gave the riders a challenge with a technical track and a modest time allowed. Six clear rounds were produced. Laura Chapot qualified all three of her horses for the jump off. After a brief delay due to a passing thunderstorm, Chapot claimed the top 3 ribbons on Umberto, Out of Ireland and Calafornia respectively. Watch an interview with Laura and Mary Chapot
Sarah Wayda’s wonderful Grand Prix horse, Faroukh was officially retired from competition in a ceremony prior to Sunday’s Grand Prix. Together they competed in 5 star Grand Prixs, the Grand Prix of Devon, the Winter Equestrian Festival, Princeton Show Jumping and more. Faroukh has won Grand Prixs in Wellington and taken home top placements throughout his career. Sarah and Faroukh made the toughest 1.60m courses look easy. The trust and bond between them was inspiring and truly special.
At his retirement, he wore a cooler embroidered with this touching saying “a true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart”.
Happy retirement Faroukh! Thank you for the memories.
Watch Faroukh’s retirement ceremony
Thank you to all of the trainers, riders and owners who supported our show. We hope to see you for our 3 week June series featuring USEF Level 3 & 4 Jumpers, USHJA Outreach Competitions, $30,000 Grand Prix of Princeton 1.35m-1.40m and more! Download the June prize list
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Results of the May 14, 2017
$25,000 Grand Prix of Princeton