October 23, 2006 — For the second year running Laura Chapot and speedy Little Big Man won the $65,000 Budweiser Prix de Penn National, on the closing night of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, Pa.
Tenth of 31, Chapot was the third clear round in the show jumping competition on October 21. Chapot rode on the fine line dividing chaos and victory, turning in a blistering round while her colleagues just tried to keep all their fences in tact.
“I knew it was going to be close with Laura Kraut, a two-time winner of this class, and Kent Farrington riding behind me. I knew I couldn’t really take it easy. It was a pretty difficult course,” said Chapot, a Nashanic Station, N.J., native.
Little Big Man, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood, had a time of 33.37 in the jump off–nearly 3 1/2 seconds faster than Megan Johnstone aboard Stoney Hill LLC’s Ollandaise. Schuyler Riley on South Beach Stables’ Nottingham finished third. There were only three clear rounds in the jump-off.
Chapot also won the leading Open Jumper Rider honors for the third consecutive year. Chapot’s mother, Mary, groomed for her at Harrisburg. She earned the award for the Caretaker of the Grand Prix winner, a wheelbarrow full of equine care essentials.