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

Harrisburg, PA – 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.

Laura Chapot rode Calafornia to the win in the $10,000 1.40m on Wednesay, October 20, at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

“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

PlaceEntry #HorseRideFaults / Time
11369CalaforniaLaura Chapot0/55.384
21724Finou 4Hadden Frost0/57.592
31371Chandon Blue Laura Chapot0/58.354
41372Diarado`S Flying…Laura Chapot0/60.766
51751Locato Van Het…Christian Coyle0/62.059
6996GianaCassandra Kahle0/63.530
71388LochinvarMatt Cyphert0/63.909
81007Pyrenes De LouzesCassandra Kahle0/65.186
9956Cassio MelloniKaitlyn Williams4/59.068
101764EgaliniEvan M. Coluccio4/59.878

$10,000 1.30m Results

PlaceEntry # HorseRideFaults / Time
11682Fancy GirlWillie Tynan0/58.883
2868GeminoVictoria Colvin0/59.310
3904Isabella Van De Zuuth…Kelli Cruciotti Vanderveen0/60.241
41752DekatoChristian Coyle0/60.412
5901GideonKelli Cruciotti Vanderveen0/ 60.488
6950Ascalitta Sbk ZDevin Ryan0/61.037
71373GideonLaura Chapot 0/61.231
81500Zaza ZMarylisa Leffler0/62.748 
91370Calmanda 3 Laura Chapot 0/63.746
101362IndiraAbbygale Funk0/64.879