By Sabrina Brashares for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Wellington, FL – March 17, 2021 – Laura Chapot (USA) once again scored a victory in the $6,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Jumpers, this time with Calafornia, owned by Laura and Mary Chapot, to open the tenth week of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) on Wednesday, February 17, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).
WEF 10, sponsored by Horseware Ireland, will continue through March 21 and feature 3* competition in the International Arena. On Thursday, the $37,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m CSI3* will be the main class of the day. Friday competition will showcase the $20,000 Spy Coast Farm Developing Jumper Series 7 Year Old Classic, the $15,000 Spy Coast Farm Developing Jumper Series 6 Year Old Classic, the $10,000 Spy Coast Farm Developing Jumper Series 5 Year Old Classic, as well as the $37,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Round 10. The $37,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic will take place on Saturday, and Sunday competition will highlight the $50,000 Hermès Under 25 Final as well as the $137,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI3*. Feature classes are available free live and on-demand on the livestream.
Eighty-nine riders challenged the speed format course consisting of 13 fences set by Michel Vaillancourt (CAN). Chapot, of Neshanic Station, NJ, navigated Calafornia, a 14-year-old KWPN gelding by Ultimo x Lux, to a double clear round and winning time of 30.25 seconds.
“When you have a class that has so many in it, it’s always difficult to make a course that isn’t too hard for everyone, but I think Michel [Vaillancourt] always does a great job making it very fair,” explained Chapot. “I think the course suited my horse because he was able to leave out strides here and there. He’s got a tremendous ability to cover the ground so that always helps for him.”
Chapot and her longtime partner Calafornia are a competitive pair to watch and often at the top of the leaderboard. The duo claimed the Circuit Champion honors in the 1.40m Jumpers during WEF 2020.
“This year he has been really, really going well,” commented Chapot. “He’s been jumping very well and very consistent. I’m really proud of him for coming out every time and doing so well. He was really fresh today, which is nice to see at Week 10 that the horse is still coming out and wanting to go and trying to win the class.
“I try to keep my rhythm with him and keep him very even throughout the whole course,” continued Chapot. “He’s a very careful horse and he’s gotten quicker over the years, so now his speed across the ground really just helps him.”
Less than a second behind Chapot was Gustavo Prato (ARG) aboard Kisma Equestrian, LLC’s King Van Het Keizershof taking home second place. Prato guided the 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Clearway x Phin Phin to time of 30.98 seconds. Third place honors went to Sarah Hubbard (USA) and Latino Van De Looise Heide, owned by Hubbard Horses LLC. Hubbard and the 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Cantos x Hadrilla Van De Looiseheide stopped the clock at 31.25 seconds.
Final Results: $6,000 Bainbridge 1.40m Jumper
1. CALAFORNIA: 2007 KWPN gelding by Ultimo x Lux
LAURA CHAPOT (USA), Laura and Mary Chapot: 0/0/30.25
2. KING VAN HET KEIZERSHOF: 2010 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Clearway x Phin Phin
GUSTAVO PRATO (ARG), Kisma Equestrian, LLC: 0/0/30.98
3. LATINO VAN DE LOOISE HEIDE: 2011 BWP gelding by Cantos x Hadrilla Van De Looiseheide
SARAH HUBBARD (USA), Hubbard Horses, LLC: 0/0/31.25
4. BETTINA DES CELTES: 2011 Selle Français mare by New Boy De Logerie x Cumano
ERYNN BALLARD (CAN), Ilan Ferder: 0/0/31.32
5. THE PUGILIST: 2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding by ARD VDL Douglas x Freddie’s Star
BRETTON CHAD (CAN), Stone Ridge Farms LLC: 0/0/32.22
6. HDB QUALITY: 2013 Westphalian mare by PR. H. Quality Time x Grannus
JENNIFER WAXMAN (USA), Sweet Oak Farm and Spy Coast Farm: 0/0/32.55
7. BIRDY DU THOT: 2011 Selle Français mare by Magic D’Elle x Le Tot De Semilly
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Shane Sweetnam and Angela Vogel: 0/0/32.86
8. CALLE QUINN: 2011 Holsteiner gelding by Calmando
LUIS LARRAZABAL (VEN), Ana Holguin: 0/0/33.04
9. INSIDER BH: 2013 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Chellist x Heartbreaker
ERYNN BALLARD (CAN), Ilan Ferder: 0/0/33.35
10. EVERTON DE VILLEE: 2010 Belgian Sport Horse stallion by Arko III x Darco
RENE DITTMER (GER), Weslands Farms: 0/0/34.35
11. KENDY BELLE: 2010 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Echo Van’t Roosakker x Berlin
LUCY DAVIS (USA), Willow Grace Farm: 0/0/34.52
12. LADY STAR: 2011 Belgian Warmblood mare by Zilverstar
LAUREN HOUGH (USA), Eve Jobs: 0/0/35.14