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Samantha and Laura Chapot win $10,000 US Mortgage Welcome Stake.

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Laura Chapot and Samantha Tops in $10,000 US Mortgage Corp Welcome Stake at 110th Annual Monmouth County Horse Show

Written by: Kenneth Kraus
Client: Monmouth County Horse Show
Release Date: 2005-08-19

Kenneth Kraus for Phelps Media Group, Inc.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Samantha and Laura Chapot win $10,000 US Mortgage Welcome Stake. Photo by Randi Muster

Laura Chapot and Samantha Tops in $10,000 US Mortgage Corp Welcome Stake at 110th Annual Monmouth County Horse Show

Freehold, New Jersey – August 19 – The beautiful weather that graced the first two days of this year’s 110th Annual Monmouth County Horse Show failed to make an appearance on Friday, but the rain and the grey skies did little to slow down Laura Chapot and her grey mares in route to victory in the Friday feature. New Jersey’s oldest and most prestigious equestrian showcase is being held at East Freehold Park in Freehold, NJ.

Today’s main event was the $10,000 US Mortgage Corp Open Jumper Welcome Stake Class. The forty starters that went to the post today competed over a course designed by Blake Alder of Germantown, Tennessee. Scoring was under USEF Table II, Sec 2 a/b. Time First Jump-Off. There were twelve numbered obstacles and fourteen jumping efforts, including a double and a triple combination.

Of the forty starters, sixteen produced first round clears, while ten of those horse and rider combinations went on to be double clear. Eleven competitors had four faults in the first round, and nine had more than four.

Carsten Jaeger set the early pace out the second spot in the order. Riding Classic H, owned by Winley Farm, LLC of Millbrook, NY, Jaeger produced a double clean effort and cleared the timers in the jump-off in a speedy 30.669 seconds. Jaeger would be the only rider, other than the winner, to clock in under 31 seconds and his effort would gain him the eventual second place finish.

Today’s winner, Laura Chapot, rode tenth in the order on Samantha, owned by the Sundance Group of Neshanic Station, NJ. The athletic grey mare toured both rounds fault free and lit up the scoreboard in 30.205 seconds which was the best time of the day and good enough for a 0.46 margin of victory over Jaeger.

Chapot and her amazing speed horse Sprite had the perfect spot in the order to capture another win, going third to last, but Chapot was unable to pull it off today. They cruised home in 30.843 seconds, just 0.17 seconds behind Jaeger. Sprite wound up with the yellow ribbon for third.

Naritas, owned by Picolo 3 and piloted by Helen Goddard, finished fourth with two clear rounds and a time of 32.679 seconds. Fifth place went to Lift Off and Jose Rega. Victoria D’Agostino’s horse tripped the timers in 32.775 seconds. Christine McCrea and Candy Tribble’s Laddidor were sixth in a time of 33.084 seconds.

Chapot talked about her pair of grey mares following today’s presentation. “They’re quite similar types,” she said. “Sprite, at this point, is more of a veteran, while Samantha is just moving up. Sprite really knows the game when she goes in the ring, and Samantha is still prone to a green mistake once in a while. Sprite is the more seasoned of the two,” Chapot admitted.

Chapot said that Sprite, who is rarely beaten in speed classes, got caught up in the footing on one of the final turns in the jump-off to cost her a couple of ticks on the clock. But Chapot was thrilled for her rising young star, Samantha. “This is going to be her first grand prix class this weekend. She won the welcome class at HITS Saugerties and won both speed classes at Devon this year, so I think she’s ready,” Chapot smiled.

Chapot enjoyed Blake Alder’s track for today’s feature. “I thought Blake set a very nice course for the group that was in the US Mortgage Welcome Stake,” she said. “There were a lot of clear rounds, but it gave everyone an opportunity to get in the ring and get a little feel for it. I’m sure it will be a lot tougher on Sunday,” Chapot said.

Sunday’s main event is the $30,000 Stillwell-Hansen Grand Prix, scheduled for 1pm. Just prior to the grand prix, Laura Chapot’s father, Frank Chapot, will be honored for his years of service to the United States Equestrian Team in a very special ceremony. Many past Olympians, students, friends, and fans of Chapot are expected to attend.

Results - $10,000 US Mortgage Open Welcome Stake – Table II Sec 2a/b – 08-19-05 Stillwell-Hansen Arena – Course Designer – Blake Alder

1-563-Samantha -Laura Chapot -Sundance Group -0-0 /30.205
2-440- Classic H -Carsten Jaeger -Winley Farm Llc-0-0/30.669
3-561- Sprite- Laura Chapot -Laura Chapot – 0-0/30.843
4-75-Naritas -Helen Goddard -Picolo 3 -0-0/ 32.679
5-401- Lift Off Ii - Jose Rega-Victoria D'agostino -0-0/32.775
6-190-Laddidor- Christine Mccrea- Candy Tribble -0-0/33.084
7-393 -Memphis -Caitlyn Shiels -Caitlyn Shiels-0-0/34.206
8-885 -R Mable Kz -Michelle Spadone -Morgan Hill Ptrs-0-0/34.341

110th Annual Monmouth County Horse Show Fast Facts

EVENT: 110th Annual Monmouth County Horse Show and Ride for Riverview to benefit Riverview Medical Center

WHAT: New Jersey’s Longest Running and Most Prestigious Hunter and Jumper Horse Show. Sanctioned and recognized by: United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) “AA” USEF 3*, American Hunter Jumper Foundation (AHJF), New Jersey Professional Horseman’s Association (NJPHA), New Jersey Horse Show Association (NJHSA), Marshall and Sterling and USGPL, North American League, Washington International Horse Show, A Member Event of the World Champion Hunter Rider Program Tour. (AHJF/WCHR Series)

WHERE: East Freehold Park, Freehold, New Jersey

WHEN: August 17th through 21st, 2005

ADMISSION: Admission is free to the public.

PARKING: Parking is free to the public.

VIP SEATING: Spectator Club Tables:
Front Row Tables (seating for 12) $1,500
2nd & 3rd Row Tables (seating for 8) $1,000
Includes lunch Wed through Saturday 12-2, Sunday 1-3
We DO NOT sell individual seats.

Caterer is "David's World Famous"

Contact Ellen Tully – 732-291-0389
or email at:

VENDOR/TRADE: Prices range from $200 to $250 with oversized spaces available. Hook ups and water extra. Vendors, please call Ellen Tully, Chairman - Vendor Organizing Committee at 732-291-0389 for further information. Or email at:

Garden State Parkway to Rte. 9 South. Rte. 9 South to Rte. 18 South. Rte. 18 South to Rte. 537 West. Rte. 527 West to Kozloski Rd. jughandle (right turn). Follow ramp to Kozlowski Road West. Show grounds 1 ½ miles on the right.

From South:
Garden State Parkway to Exit 98, Rte. 34 North. Rte. 34 North to Rte. 33 West. Rte. 33 West to Kozlowski Road. Turn right on Kozlowski Rd. Show grounds after first light on left.

From Turnpike:
Exit 8 (from South). Take Rte. 33 East, stay on alternate route (not business) to Halls Mills Road East. Halls Mills Road turns into Kozloski Rd. after third light. Show grounds is on left.

THE FACILITY: East Freehold Park
1500 Kozloski Road, Freehold, NJ
(732) 842-4000 or (732) 431-4664

81 beautiful acres of show grounds for horse shows, dog shows, and special events each year, including the Irish Festival. East Freehold Park is the home of the annual Monmouth County Fair. Upwards of 100,000 people enjoy the 5-day late July event. Permanent show rings. Tens of thousands have attended the Monmouth County Horse Show over the years.

HIGHLIGHTS: The 110th Annual Monmouth County Horse Show and the Ride for Riverview will once again benefit the Jane H. and John Marshall Booker Cancer Center at Riverview Medical Center, located in Red Bank, New Jersey. Through the generosity of sponsors and exhibitors, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised for this worthwhile cause.

Friday, August 19, 2005
$10,000 US Mortgage Corp. Open Jumper Welcome Stake

Saturday, August 20, 2005
“Family Day at Monmouth” 10am-4pm featuring Pony Rides, Face Painting, Clowns, Rides and Games
Junior, Amateur Owner, Children and Adult Jumpers
$10,000 Paul Miller Automotive Saab/Land Rover of Woodbridge Hunter Classic

Sunday, August 21, 2005
Juliam Farms Leadline classes
Pipe and Drums of the Jersey Shore Shillelaghs
$5,000 Junior-Amateur Owner Jumper Classic
$30,000 Stillwell-Hansen Grand Prix


The Monmouth Group, Inc.

Stadium Jumping, Inc.
1301 Sixth Ave West Suite 406
Bradenton, FL 34205

Prior to August 15 (941) 744-5465
From August 16 (732) 780-3150

Kim Tudor - 908-512-2828

Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Kenneth Kraus
Mason Phelps, Jr.
Jennifer Wood
13833 Wellington Trace
Unit E-4 #221
Wellington, Florida 33414

PHOTO CREDIT: Samantha and Laura Chapot win $10,000 US Mortgage Welcome Stake. Photo by Randi Muster


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