(Foto © Sportfot)
Laura Chapot (USA) and Quointreau un Prince were victorious in the $35,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 4 on Thursday at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL.
Steve Stephens (USA) set the course for 47 competitors in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), with four horse and rider combinations qualifying for the jump-off. Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Robert Castro’s Caliber 9 placed fourth after withdrawing from the second round.
Chapot and Quointreau un Prince were first to go in the tiebreaker and jumped the only double clear round in a time of 38.67 seconds to take the win. Kent Farrington (USA) and his own and Robin Parsky’s Gazelle were faster, but knocked one rail along the way to place second in 38.49 seconds. Hardin Towell (USA) and Evergate Stable’s Emilie de Diamant AS dropped one rail as well, finishing third with their time of 39.07.
“I am just thrilled with him,” Chapot said of the 13-year-old Selle Francais gelding (Diamant de Semilly x Rosire) that she owns in partnership with McLain Ward. “Going first is always a little difficult, but I felt like I had a good plan with him. He just really rose to the occasion and jumped super today.”
First to go in the jump-off with two very fast riders to follow, Chapot knew that she needed to set a big challenge. She used her experience from last week’s grand prix, in which she finished fourth riding ISHD Dual Star, as motivation.
“I felt like Saturday night my horse was jumping great, and maybe I just did not do the best round I could,” Chapot stated. “I played it a bit too safe, so today I was really ready to go in there and try to win the class. I did not want to leave the door open again.”
Chapot has ridden Quointreau un Prince since the gelding was five years old and spoke further of the horse that she now knows so well.
“He has been a super horse for me his whole life,” she described. “He has won a ton of grand prixs. He won the first grand prix of the circuit down here last winter. He is just a horse that really enjoys his job. He is funny because he is really just a show horse. He does not care too much to go out and exercise or do flat work. He is very quiet at home, but when he enters the show ring, he is a totally different horse.”
Final Results: $35,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 4
1. QUOINTREAU UN PRINCE: 2004 Selle Francais gelding by Diamant de Semilly x Rosire
LAURA CHAPOT (USA), Laura Chapot & McLain Ward: 0/0/38.67
2. GAZELLE: 2006 Belgian Warmblood mare by Kashmir van Schuttershof x Indoctro
KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Kent Farrington & Robin Parsky: 0/4/38.49
3. EMILIE DE DIAMANT AS: 2004 Belgian Warmblood mare by Diamant de Semilly x Flipper D Elle
HARDIN TOWELL (USA), Evergate Stable LLC: 0/4/39.07
4. CALIBER 9: 2007 KWPN gelding by Quasimodo Z x Colman
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Robert Castro: 0/WD
5. CROWN 5: 2005 Holsteiner gelding by Cassini I x Lord
GEORGINA BLOOMBERG (USA), Gotham Enterprizes LLC: 1/74.20
6. PUMPED UP KICKS: 2003 Brandenburg gelding by Levisto x San Juan
JENNIFER GATES (USA), Evergate Stable LLC: 1/74.54
7. CHACOTE: 2007 Oldenburg gelding by Chacco-Blue x Quick Star
PEDRO MUYLAERT (BRA), Pedro Muylaert: 1/75.49
8. VENENO: 2008 Oldenburg gelding by Chacco-Blue x Balou du Rouet
LIUBOV KOCHETOVA (RUS), Liubov Kochetova: 1/76.52
9. CONDOR C: 2005 Holsteiner stallion by Cassini I x Caretino
DEBBIE STEPHENS (USA), Centennial Farm Inc: 1/76.91
10. BABALOU 41: 2005 Oldenburg mare by Balou du Rouet x Silvio I
TODD MINIKUS (USA), Two Swans Farm: 4/68.61
11. CHIARA BLUE DIAMOND: 2007 Oldenburg mare by Chacco-Blue x Andiamo Z
JIMMY TORANO (USA), Missy Clark: 4/68.90
12. STANLEY STONE: 2005 KWPN gelding by Karandasj x Ekstein
LORCAN GALLAGHER (IRL), Sher-Al Farm Inc: 4/69.80
Source: Lauren Fisher and Sara Cook for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.