27th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show Celebrates the Best
in Show Jumping
Doesnt Deter Hampton Classic Fans
NY September 12, 2002 The 27th annual Hampton Classic
Horse Show came to a close Sunday, September 1 following a week
of world-class competition that saw show jumpings best overcome
record rainfalls on their way to dazzling performances.
August 25 through September 1, the sports biggest names gathered
in Bridgehampton, NY, for one of the worlds premier show jumping
competitions. Margie Goldstein Engle of Wellington, FL, made history
as she became the first rider to win the $150,000 Prudential Financial
Grand Prix three consecutive years. Despite muddy conditions from
four days of on-again, off-again rain, Engle topped a five-horse
jump-off and proved why she is one of the highest-ranked female
riders in the world.
is such a special event, the spectators are fantastic, said
Engle, 44, who claimed the winners share of $45,000 for the
victory aboard Hidden Creeks Perin, her Sydney Olympic mount.
had almost missed the Grand Prix after a serious fall in that mornings
Young Jumper class. But in typical fashion that has become one of
her trademarks, she overcame the temporary setback and thrilled
the Grand Prix crowd with a standout performance.
I fell in the morning, my boot got caught in the stirrup and the
horse dragged me across the ring, she said. Fortunately,
I had enough time to get ready for the Grand Prix.
States Equestrian Team veteran Debbie Stephens strategy not
to push her young horse, but to go slow and steady in the jump-off
paid off with a clear round in a time of 47.68 seconds, more than
six seconds slower than Engle. Her best finish in all her years
competing at the Hampton Classic, earned Stephens $33,000 for her
second place performance with the small yet careful Chappie.
is the only horse show in America that feels like youre in
Europe! commented Stephens, who had just returned from competing
aboard. I love this horse show!
rider Laura Bowery of Bridgehampton, NY, had her best finish in
the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix, finishing third with
Florin du Murier, an eight-year-old Selle Francais gelding owned
by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dimenna.
well here means a lot to me, Bowery said. Theres
a lot more pressure for me here since I live locally and finishing
third in this class is like a dream come true.
on Sunday, amateur show jumping talent was showcased with the $25,000
Calvin Klein Show Jumping Derby, open to Junior riders under age
18 and to Amateur-Owner riders. Kristy McCormack of Lakewood, NY,
was the big winner in the Calvin Klein Show Jumping Derby, a member
event of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series. She
rode off with $7,500 in prize money for her performance riding Marga.
The final rider in the ring, junior competitor Krista Freundlich
of Locust, NJ, placed second with Laurin.
class, as many other classes originally scheduled for the Grand
Prix ring, had to be moved because of torrential downpours on Thursday
that dumped 5 of rain in just four hours on the showgrounds.
To preserve the ring for Sundays Prudential Financial Grand
Prix, all Friday, Saturday and Sunday jumper classes, except the
Sally Hansen Grand Prix, were moved to Jumper Ring II. This decision
saved the turf Grand Prix ring footing and provided safe jumping
conditions for the Classics main events. The only casualty
of the rain came when the $30,000 Adequan® Fiesta Day Grand
Prix, which had been slated for Friday, had to be cancelled.
Ward flew to the finish with Flier to win the $25,000 Sally Hansen
Grand Prix. Of the four horse-rider combinations to advance to the
jump-off over the course set by U.S. Olympic team gold medalist,
Conrad Homfeld, Ward was the only rider to post a clear second round
to claim the victory with the 8-year-old Selle Francais gelding
he owns in partnership with Harry Gill.
the third year, the Hampton Classic Horse Show hosted the Young
Jumper Championships, Eastern League Finals, showcasing the nations
top developing show jumping horses. In the $30,000 Six-Year-Old
Young Jumper Championship, Lauren Hough of Wellington, FL, was unbeatable.
Hough claimed first place with Outsider, Anne Emmets Oldenburg
mare by Celano, and also took second riding Buena Vista Farms
Winniepoo, a German-bred gelding by the Hanoverian stallion, World
the $20,000 Five-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship, Todd Minikus
displayed the talent of show jumpings future by capturing
the win with Tres Coronas Caravelle. Bred by Miguel Avendano of
Argentina, the gelding is now owned by Heather Crespo of Durham,
the top riders of the future were showcased in the BET/USET Show
Jumping Talent Search. In this equitation competition designed for
riders aged 21 and under, competitors were first judged on the flat,
without jumps, for their position, control of the horse and riding
style. The top riders then advanced to the jumping phase of the
Talent Search where they were judged on their form over fences.
to high entries in the BET/USET Show Jumping Talent Search, the
competition was divided into two sections. Section A was won by
Krista Freundlich riding S&L Appear-Al; the Section B winner
was Tania Hack of New York, NY, aboard Truffle. Freundlich also
won the $7,500 Calvin Klein Derby Welcome Stake riding Laurin.
Jayne of Palm Beach, FL, rode Grappa to the win in the $10,000 Calvin
Klein Equitation Championship. The victory marked the third win
in five years for Grappa, the Hanoverian gelding who last year carried
Canadian Brian Walker to the winners circle after claiming
top honors in 1998 for owner Sarah B. Willeman. As the winning trainer,
Missy Clark of East Aurora, NY, was awarded a trophy and $2,500,
the winning trainers portion of the $10,000 prize money.
Johnson of Middleburg, VA, was the winner in the $15,000 WGHR Farm
Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic riding Beach Bum. One of the
nations top young jumper riders, Johnson defeated Barbara
Bancroft of Allison Park, PA, who was riding Mont Blanc.
a unique competition, the $1,000 Grooms Class offered fun
and recognition for the hard-working individuals who care for the
horses outside the ring. Cheered on by employers and friends, grooms
were judged in two phases, first on the presentation of their horses
and knowledge of their care, then a ridden phase where the grooms
mounted their horses and were judged at the walk and trot. Grooms
are also encouraged to canter for bonus points. Martin Ochoa, a
native of Mexico who has worked for Meadowview Stables in the Hamptons
for three-and-a-half years, was the big winner for his performance
aboard Stephanie Riggios Aspen.
a special retirement ceremony in the grand prix ring, the Hampton
Classic Horse Show said good-bye to a champion hunter. Seconds At
Last had carried numerous riders to success in the hunter ring,
his final rider being19-year-old Stephanie Riggio of New York City,
NY, with whom he won championship ribbons up and down the east coast.
A 19-year-old thoroughbred gelding, Seconds At Last will be retired
to Riggios Meadowview Farm in Water Mill, NY.
Hampton Classic Horse Show began on Sunday, August 25, with Manhattan
Mortgage Companys Opening Day presented by Distinction Magazine
and Long Island Parents and Children Magazine. Opening Day celebrates
Long Island equestrian culture and offers spectators an opportunity
to witness local area riders competing in six show rings at the
Classics sixty-acre show site. Other special days at the Hampton
Classic included Seniors Day, presented by 50 Plus Senior News,
Fiesta Day presented by Avis, and Cablevision Kids Day.
in 2001, Fiesta Day celebrated the culture and traditions of more
than 23 Spanish-speaking countries and regions worldwide. Hispanic
food, music, and dancing was highlighted as a tribute to diversity
in work and play. On Fiesta Day, as well as on Cablevision Kids
Day, a new bilingual coloring book The World of the Horse
/El Mundo del Caballo was given free to all children under
12. Also as part of Fiesta Day, the Hampton Classic honored a member
of the Latin community who has achieved great success and made contributions
to the show jumping world. Honored this year was show jumping course
designer Jose Gammara, who has served as a course designer and show
jumping judge at many of the nations premier events and at
top international events as well.
2003 Hampton Classic will be held Sunday, August 24 through Sunday,
August 31 (Labor Day Weekend) at the beautiful, 70-acre show site
in Bridgehampton, Long Island, New York.
more information and full competition results, please visit the
Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com