Towell and Enrique Steal Spotlight at the 2002 Hampton Classic
NY August 26, 2002 All eyes were on Liza Towell and
Enrique at Manhattan Mortgage Companys Opening Day presented
by Distinction Magazine and Long Island Parents and Children Magazine
at the Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, NY.
won the Local Hunter Professional division over 38 other entries
riding Enrique while the horses owner, Kym Smith of Bridgehampton,
NY, claimed the Local Amateur-Owner Champion division from a field
of 35 horses. Both riders were jumping fences set at a height of
36 in a competition where the horses are judged on their
style and movement.
combination of Enriques performance under both riders earned
the horse enough points to claim the coveted Grand Hunter Championship
overall team effort with both of us riding him made Enrique the
Grand Hunter Champion, explained Towell.
recognition of their achievement, Towell and Smith were awarded
the South Fork Perpetual Trophy.
renowned hunter rider, Towell, 23, originally from Camden, SC, recently
graduated from the College of Charleston and moved to Bridgehampton,
NY, to train with Smith. Towells father, who is in the horse
business, was the one who originally owned Enrique before selling
him to Smyth.
rode the horse before we sold him and he bucked me off! laughed
fact, it was Towells 13-year-old brother, Hardin, also competing
at the Hampton Classic, who showed Enrique before he was sold to
Smith in February.
goes in the ring, knows his job, and goes in there to win,
said Towell of Enrique, a six-year-old chestnut French-bred gelding.
He is very dependable and he helps you out by trying hard.
He is a real show horse.
Day at the Hampton Classic Horse Show is a special tradition of
this end-of-summer equestrian and social event that dates back 27
years. Manhattan Mortgage Companys Opening Day presented by
Distinction Magazine and Long Island Parents and Children Magazine
celebrates Long Island equestrian culture with competition action
in six show rings. Held at the Classics sixty-acre show site
on Sunday, August 25, Opening Day offered spectators an opportunity
to witness riders of all ages on a day that offered the very best
sport the area has to offer.
Hampton Classic is one of the nations premier show jumping
competitions. Many of the worlds best equestrians are competing
for more than $250,000 in prize money during the Classic, which
benefits the Southampton Hospital. Each day of the show is devoted
to special events and social activities, culminating with the $150,000
Prudential Financial Grand Prix on Sunday, September 1.
featured show jumping events during the Hampton Classic include
the $15,000 W.G.H.R. Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic, the $25,000
Sally Hansen Grand Prix, the $30,000 Adequan Grand Prix, the $50,000
Eastern Finals of the Young Jumper Championships, and the $25,000
Calvin Klein Show Jumping Derby for riders under the age of 21.
addition to the competition, spectators will be treated to a variety
of other exciting exhibits including the Boutique Gardens
numerous vendor booths, Stable Rows 20 booths, three on-site
public restaurants, and an Exhibition Horse/Childrens area
open throughout the week.
Hampton Classic continues through Sunday, September 1. Admission
is $5 per person or $15 per carload per day, with children under
6 admitted free. Reserved grandstand seating for Sunday, September
1, is $15 per person (in addition to $5/person or $15/carload admission)
or $25 per person for premium front-row seating. Parking throughout
the show is free.
more information, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com