Chapot and Umberto outjump the field as week two begins

LAKE PLACID — Laura Chapot rode Umberto to victory Tuesday in the $1,500 Pepsi Beverage Company 1.35m Jumper Class to open the I Love New York Horse Show, the second week of the 49th annual Lake Placid Horse Shows.

Six entries went clean over the one-round course designed by Michel Vaillancort. Of those, Chapot turned in the fastest time of 54.403 seconds to claim the win. Placing second with a clean ride in 56.249 seconds on Epeios was Cassandra Kahle and third was U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist Peter Leone with a time of 58.941 seconds on Capito Z.

Also on Tuesday, Abigail McArdle rode Fiventum Kieni to the win in the 1.30m class.

The I Love New York Horse Show continues daily through Sunday. Highlights include the $100,000 Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix on Saturday and the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Eastern Hay & Purina Animal Nutrition on Sunday.

Returning on Saturday for its 25th year is the horse show’s annual Doggie Costume Contest, sponsored by the Lake Placid Lodge. Everyone with a leashed dog in costume is admitted to the horse show free of charge and invited to participate in the contest which is also free. The competition takes place at noon near The Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Prizes are awarded for the best costumes and all contest participants receive free doggie treats.

Additional information on the Lake Placid Horse Shows is available by calling the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 518-523-9625 or online at