By Nancy Jaffer
June 5, 2016
John White of Stillwater and Hoboken has been competing with his team of striking gray Czech Kladrubers for six years at Devon, and last week finally clinched the show’s ultimate reward in his division by taking the coaching championship. He wound up with a two-point edge over Paul Martin’s team.
“The horses have been excellent,” John said.
“I’m very happy with that and I’m very happy with all the people that have helped us.”
Meanwhile, Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, who has collected many Devon honors over the years, earned another Saturday night as she took the Leading Lady Jumper Rider title for the Carol Hofmann Thompson trophy. Her name also is on the trophy from 2014.
In the final class, the $50,000 Idle Dice stake, Laura was second to McLain and Tina with Quointreau Un Prince, and third on Thornhill Kate.
“This is one of our favorite horse shows, and I think this is one of the most important shows in the country,” said Laura.
“They really raised the bar this year with added prize money and making it an FEI competition. To be the leading lady rider here is certainly very prestigious, and I am so proud to win the trophy that is donated by Carol’s family. She was a great friend to us. I’m really thrilled to have won it again.”
To read more about the Devon Horse Show, see my “postcard” report on the web site of Practical Horseman magazine.