The French equestrian team had its second consecutive successful night at the Washington International Horse Show at Capital Centre, as Henri Prudent and Herve Godignon finished first and third in the $10,000 Crown Royal Gambler's Choice Stake last night.

In the International Open Jumper event each obstacle had a point value from 10 to 120 based on difficulty. Riders plotted their own course for the highest possible score. After a competitor's timed round, an optional, larger "joker" jump worth 200 could be attempted. If that fence fell, the 200 points were subtracted from the rider's score.

Prudent, who lives in Middleburg, Va., and Make My Day didn't hesitate around the course and didn't miss a fence, including the "joker," to score 1,380 points. He is now tied for second in the international rider standings with U.S. Equestrian Team member Hap Hansen of Encinitas, Calif., with seven points.

"I was {aware} of the clock because I knew it was a speed class too {to break a tie}, so I wanted to go as fast as I could," Prudent said.

Michael Whitaker of Britain rode Henderson Tees Hanauer to 1,350 points, but was half a second slower, so the victory was Prudent's. Whitaker has five points in the rider standings for fourth.

Make My Day, an 11-year-old bay French thoroughbred owned by Bertram Firestone of Waterford, Va., has been a leading horse at this show several times with rider Katie Monahan Prudent, Henri's wife.

Godignon had the first spectacular ride of the class, taking an early lead with 1,310 points.

The French team, which won a thrilling Bank of Montreal Nations' Cup Thursday night in a jumpoff with the United States and Britain, took the lead in the team standings by adding 14 points last night for a total of 34. The United States fell to second with 28, followed by Britain (18) and Canada (9).

Alice Debany of North Salem, N.Y., was the top USET rider, finishing ninth with 1,050. She remained the leading rider with 10 points.

Nigel Coupe of Britain and Crosby had the fourth-best ride, scoring 1,270 points. Coupe, 19, failed to pass the timer at the finish line when his round was through and was immediately disqualified, to the crowd's dismay. Before the last round of the event, however, it was announced that his score would stand, without a time.

All but six of the 25 competitors didn't make the joker jump, thereby losing 200 points each. Mark Leone of Franklin Lakes, N.J., had 1,170 points before missing the final fence. If he cleared it he could have taken third. The miss dropped him to 970.