Frank Chapot As 2002 Show Jumping Coach/Chef dEquipe
Gladstone, New JerseyJanuary
15, 2002The United States Equestrian Team
(USET) has announced the appointment of legendary Show Jumping rider and
coach Frank Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ as the 2002 Show Jumping
Coach/Chef dEquipe. He will serve as Chef dEquipe for the
Equestrian Games, CSIO Spruce Meadows, and any other CSI/CSIO competitions
deemed important for his participation.
This is the first time since 1980, when Bert deNemethy filled this position,
that the USET has appointed a Coach/Chef dEquipe for Show Jumping.
role as coach, Chapot will have the responsibility for all competition,
also for preparation of US riders and horses for international competition.
Chapot has been a key figure for the USET for five decades. He first joined
the Team as the youngest member of the USETs 1956 Olympic Show Jumping
squad while still on active duty with the U.S. Air Force.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvanias Wharton School, Chapot
already made his mark as a junior riderhe won the coveted Maclay
Championship in 1948and then as a hunter hunter/jumper exhibitor.
During the next twenty years, Chapot compiled an enviable record with
USET, including five more Olympic appearances, participation on a record
winning Nations Cup teams, two Olympic Silver Medals, an individual
in the 1974 World Championships, and victories in such prestigious events
the Presidents Cup, the Grand Prix of New York and Londons
King George V
Gold Cup, among innumerable other wins.
After his career as a USET rider, Chapot became its Show Jumping
Chef dEquipe, in which role he helped the Team attain two highly
goals: its first-ever team Gold Medals in the Olympic Games (1984) and
Championships (1986). In the 1988 Olympic Games, his Silver Medal Team
anchored by Greg Best, who was also a pupil and the individual Silver
Medalist, riding Gem Twist, a horse of Chapots own breeding. Chapot
another Olympic medal in 1996 when as chef dequipe he guided the
the team Silver at the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Following his 1996 Olympic success, Chapot guided the USET to
another milestone in 1997 as the U.S. won the FEI Nations Cup World
Championship. It marked the first time the US had won the title since
when Chapot was a key contributor as a rider. Chapot was inducted into
Show Jumping Hall of Fame in 1994.
This year, USA Equestrian honored Chapot as the recipient of its Lifetime
Achievement Award with the Jimmy A. Williams Trophy.
The United States Equestrian Team is
a non-profit organization that selects, trains, equips and finances equestrians
of the highest possible standard to represent our country in major international
competition, including the Olympic Games and the World Championships.
To accomplish this, the USET seeks out and nurtures the development of
talented athletes - riders, drivers and horses - and provides the support
and guidance they need to help them attain their fullest potential. For
more information on the USET, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET
ONLINE at www.uset.org