The 2014 Devon Horse Show & Country Fair featured its final night of Open Jumper competition under the bright lights of the Dixon Oval on Saturday with a win for Todd Minikus of Lake Worth, FL, and Quality Girl in the $50,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake sponsored by Land Rover/Jaguar of the Main Line. Minikus earned The John Wanamaker Perpetual Trophy for his win and went on to take home the tricolor for reserve champion in the Open Jumper division. Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ, guided Mary Chapot's Zealous to the division championship. Chapot was then honored as the Leading Open Jumper Rider and Leading Lady Rider of the week.
For the Open Jumper Championship sponsored by The Capital Grille King of Prussia, Chapot was presented with The Little Big Man Challenge Trophy, an award which she previously retired and re-donated to the show. As the Leading Open Jumper Rider, an award sponsored by Thos. Moser, she was presented with The Orchard Lodge Perpetual Trophy in memory of Hope Montgomery Scott, donated by the Devon Horse Show Committee and Elizabeth Busch Burke. Chapot also earned the award for Leading Lady Rider in the Open Jumper division and was presented with the Carol Hoffman Thompson Leading Lady Rider Challenge Trophy.
"It's great," Chapot remarked of the Leading Rider title. "I have probably won it six times. I think it's nice because to do that you have to be pretty consistent all week. To be consistent here at Devon and come out on top that many times is not so easy. There are a lot of good people here, and everyone is going to try to win. No one's practicing in the ring."
"I think that Devon is special because of the crowd, the excitement, and the atmosphere," Chapot added. "It entices the horses to perform, and it is just exciting to be here."
The Leading Lady Rider Award was especially meaningful for Chapot as the award was donated this year by the family and friends of Carol Hoffman Thompson, with whom the rider was very close.
"It is super meaningful. She was a great lady," Chapot acknowledged. "She was an inspiration to me and helped me out a lot. It is a great honor to be the first name on that trophy. We were great friends, and she and my parents were on the team together. She was always there to lend a hand to anyone. She was a person you could call in the middle of the night and she would be there. She lent me a horse when I needed one for equitation finals one year and gave me advice if I had a question. It is a great honor; it's great she has a trophy here at Devon, and to be the first name on that is super."
For those unable to attend the Devon Horse Show in person, the Dixon Oval is being live streamed on the USEF Network.
Final Results: $50,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake
1. TODD MINIKUS QUALITY GIRL QUALITY GROUP: 0/0/36.866
2. LILLIE KEENAN PUMPED UP KICKS CHANSONETTE FARM LLC: 0/0/37.684
3. MCLAIN WARD HH ASHLEY DOUBLE H FARM: 0/0/38.642
4. ALEX GRANATO MULLAGHDRIN RADO PAGE TREDENNICK: 0/0/39.083
5. CANDICE KING BALOUS DAY DATE LOUISBURG FARM: 0/0/39.220
6. CALLAN SOLEM VDL WIZARD HORSESHOE TRAIL FARM LLC: 0/0/39.678
7. CHARLIE JAYNE VALESKA PONY LANE FARM: 0/0/40.010
8. GEORGINA BLOOMBERG JUVINA GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES LLC: 0/0/44.845
9. LILLIE KEENAN LONDINIUM CHANSONETTE FARM LLC: 0/4/37.502
10. LAURA CHAPOT QUOINTREAU UN PRINCE LAURA CHAPOT & MCLAIN WARD: 0/4/38.624
11. KEVIN BABINGTON SHORAPUR SHORAPUR LLC: 0/4/39.518
12. MARGIE ENGLE ROYCE ELMROCK LLC: 1/82.709
Source: Press release from Jennifer Wood Media Inc.
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