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Laura Chapot Sweeps Both Open Jumper Classes Friday at 34th Annual Lake Placid Horse Show

Lake Placid, NY—June 27, 2003—Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ rode to victory in both featured open jumper classes Friday at the 34th annual Lake Placid Horse Show. The 31-year-old daughter of Olympic veterans Frank and Mary Chapot won the Lake Placid Resort North American League (NAL) Speed Stake on Three Coins and the Turtle Lane Farm Welcome Stake on Little Big Man.

Chapot earned her win in the speed stake by completing the 13-jump one-round course at the North Elba Showgrounds in the day’s fastest time of 57.441 seconds. The 26th of 28 entries, Chapot took the win away from Sydney Olympic veteran and seven-time American Grandprix Association (AGA) Rider of the Year Margie Goldstein Engle of Wellington, FL who had been leading throughout most of the class with a time of 58.257 seconds on Camille.

In the Welcome Stake, Chapot edged another Olympic veteran with a fast ride at the end of the class. One of only three entries from the starting field of 20 to reach a tiebreaking jump-off by riding without penalty over the 15-jump first-round course, she also rode fault-free over the eight-jump second-round course and her time of 35.357 seconds proved good enough to edge four-time Olympian Anne Kursinski of Flemington, NJ. Kursinski had been leading with a time of 36.072 seconds on Indeed.

Chapot, Engle and Kursinski are expected to be among the star-studded field competing Sunday when the 2003 Lake Placid Horse Show culminates with the week’s main event, the $50,000 Budweiser Grand Prix of Lake Placid for the Whitney Perpetual Challenge Trophy. Prior to the Grand Prix, Sunday’s schedule features the Salamander Farm High Junior Jumper Classic and the Mirror Lake Inn Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, both member events of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series. The Juliam Farm Lead Line class and C.M. Hadfield’s Saddlery Parade of Champions will then be held immediately before the Grand Prix which is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.

Sunday’s action also features a full day of Hunter Classics including the $3,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic, the $3,000 NAL Adult Amateur Hunter Classic as well as the $3,000 NAL Children’s Hunter Classic. Saturday horse show action features the Hilton Resort Open Jumper Stake.

Sponsors for the 2003 Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows include A&M Beverages, Inc., Adirondack Life, American Grandprix Association, Anonymous, Ariat International, Inc., Bayer Legend, Brandy Parfums, Inc., Budweiser/Anheuser Busch, Inc., C.M. Hadfield’s Saddlery, Inc., David R. Fowler Custom Tack Trunks, Der Dau Custom Made Boots & Shoes, Enterprise rent-a-car, Fox Run Ltd., Golden Arrow Hotel, Hermès, Hilton Lake Placid Resort, Jane Forbes Clark, Juliam Farm, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Lake Placid Resort, Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors’ Bureau, Lisa A. H. Cudahy, Lonesome Landing, M&M Mars, Mirror Lake Inn/The Cottage, McDonald’s of Lake Placid, Moss Communications, Nicola’s Family Restaurants, Barbara Nugent and Michael Bitterman, On a Fence Designs and Rentals, ORDA-Whiteface Mountain, The Country Saddler, The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc., Pin Oak Farm, Price Chopper, Red Kap Sales, Inc./CITGO, Salamander Farm, Sand Castle Farm/The Dammerman Family, Shamrock Ventures LLC, Sidelines, The Brown Dog Café & Wine Bar, The Hooker Family, The Levy Family, The Phelps School, The Phillips Family, Town of North Elba Park District, Trelawny Farm, Turtle Lane Farm, Unusual Silver, U.S. Olympic Spirit Stores, Wild Horse Winery and WPTZ News Channel 5.

Admission to the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows is $5.00 on Saturday and Sunday with children under the age of 12 admitted free. Tickets are available at the gate.

The Lake Placid Horse Show is featured each morning at 9:00 a.m. on Adelphia cable channels 2 and 22. For more information, please call the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at (518) 523-9625 or visit


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