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Laura Chapot, pictured aboard Diarado’s Flying Dutchman, won the $10,000 1.40m riding Calafornia. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Harrisburg, PA –October 20, 2021 - Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ, and Calafornia topped the $10,000 1.40m on Wednesday, October 20, to kick off the Open Jumper divisions at the 75th Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA.

Chapot and the 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, owned by Laura and Mary Chapot, were the second of 22 entries to contest the one-round speed track set in the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex’s Harrisburg Coliseum by course designer Manuel Esparza (MEX).

With 20 horses still to follow Chapot and Calafornia, it seemed there would be plenty of opportunities to top their time, but no one would come close to besting their 55.384-second finish. Second place with a time of 57.592 seconds went to Hadden Frost of Upperville, VA, riding his own Finou 4. Chapot also finished in third with a time of 58.354 seconds aboard Chandon Blue and fourth in 60.766 seconds with Diarado’s Flying Dutchman, both owned by Mary Chapot.

“He's a speed specialist, and he always been good at this venue,” said Chapot of Calafornia, who also finished in second in the $10,000 1.40m opening class at the 2019 PNHS. “I was really pleased for him to be able to walk in today and put in such a good round. He's been very consistent. He's gotten more and more consistent over time, and we've really gotten to have a very good partnership now.”

While Chapot has been coming to the Pennsylvania National Horse Show for decades, the introduction of 1.30m and 1.40m USEF 6* Jumper classes, rather than previously held, Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI)-sanctioned classes, presented a new opportunity for her.

“We really loved the idea of having the two divisions, and it really gives us a great opportunity to bring the young horses here,” said Chapot, who recalls first competing at the PNHS on ponies in the 70s and 80s. “I brought two young horses, and it's just nice for them to get around over a little bit of a more reasonable-sized course, rather than coming in the first time here and having to jump the top of the standards. A lot of horses are a little bit set back by being indoors with the coliseum feeling, where the stands and the people are above them. That can be very distracting to them. So, it's really great that they've given us this opportunity to give those horses a little bit of experience.

“Harrisburg is a very big tradition in our family,” concluded Chapot. “We love this show, and this is really the only indoor show I go to. Now, it's the best venue for the horses. The stabling is good, and the improvements they've made this year with the expansion of the schooling areas has made a big, big difference. I think that the feedback is going to be very good.”

Willie Tynan and Fancy Girl. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Also earning victory on Wednesday evening was Willie Tynan, who topped the $10,000 1.30m Open Jumpers riding Fancy Girl, owned by Michelle Guardino-Dettelbach.

In his inaugural appearance at the PNHS, Tynan tripped the timers in 58.883 seconds for the win. Second place went to Victoria Colvin who stopped the clock in 59.310 seconds with Gemino, owned by BMT Partners, and Kelli Cruciotti Vanderveen and Isabella van de Zuuthoeve rounded out the top three with a time of 60.241 seconds.

“The show is fantastic,” said Tynan, who is based out of Wellington, FL. “The people are super, and the jumps are fantastic.”

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Open jumper competition at the 2021 PNHS continues on Thursday evening, October 21, with the $10,000 1.30m Welcome and the $30,000 1.40m Grand Prix. The 10-day horse show, held October 14-23, culminates on Saturday with the $100,000 Grand Prix de Penn National. To learn more, visit

$10,000 1.40m Results Place – Entry # – Horse – Ride – Faults / Time 1. 1369 Calafornia Laura Chapot 0/55.384 2. 1724 Finou 4 Hadden Frost 0/57.592 3. 1371 Chandon Blue Laura Chapot 0/58.354 4. 1372 Diarado`S Flying… Laura Chapot 0/60.766 5. 1751 Locato Van Het… Christian Coyle 0/62.059 6. 996 Giana Cassandra Kahle 0/63.530 7. 1388 Lochinvar Matt Cyphert 0/63.909 8. 1007 Pyrenes De Louzes Cassandra Kahle 0/65.186 9. 956 Cassio Melloni Kaitlyn Williams 4/59.068 10. 1764 Egalini Evan M. Coluccio 4/59.878

$10,000 1.30m Results Place – Entry # – Horse – Ride – Faults / Time 1. 1682 Fancy Girl Willie Tynan 0/58.883 2. 868 Gemino Victoria Colvin 0/59.310 3. 904 Isabella Van De Zuuth… Kelli Cruciotti Vanderveen 0/60.241 4. 1752 Dekato Christian Coyle 0/60.412 5. 901 Gideon Kelli Cruciotti Vanderveen 0/ 60.488 6. 950 Ascalitta Sbk Z Devin Ryan 0/61.037 7. 1373 Gideon Laura Chapot 0/61.231 8. 1500 Zaza Z Marylisa Leffler 0/62.748 9. 1370 Calmanda 3 Laura Chapot 0/63.746 10. 1362 Indira Abbygale Funk 0/64.879

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