Welles Celebrates Win in $20,000 David Yurman
Time Challenge On
Opening Day of the Hampton Classic
NY August 24, 2003 Jeffrey Welles of Newtown, CT,
opened the 28th Hampton Classic Horse Show with a victory in the
inaugural $20,000 David Yurman Time Challenge, a new Open Jumper
Speed class held on Manhattan Mortgage Companys Opening Day,
presented by Distinction Magazine, August 24.
horse-rider combinations contested the competition where speed was
the name of the game. Welles had a clear round in the fastest time,
67.60 seconds, to win the $20,000 David Yurman Time Challenge riding
Equinox, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Elizabeth
was really nice to have a fun class without a lot of pressure to
ride in, said Welles. The jumps werent that big,
so you had to take a chance by going fast if you wanted to win.
final rider on course, 1996 Olympic team silver medalist Peter Leone
of Greenwich, CT, came close riding Kiana, but his final time of
68.40 seconds left him in second position. Callan Solem of Colts
Neck, NJ, placed third in a time of 71.12 seconds riding Warsaw
for Quiet Winter Farm.
addition to winning the first-ever $20,000 David Yurman Time Challenge,
Welles also placed fourth with his first ride of the day, Nabucco.
Yurmans been a great sponsor of the Hampton Classic,
noted Welles, a two-time winner of the Hampton Classic Grand Prix.
This is such a beautiful horse show and it is a beautiful
field to compete on, especially when the weather is perfect like
it is today.
the winner, Welles received $6,000 in prize money as well as a David
Yurman Thoroughbred Timepiece, presented by David and Sybil Yurman,
long-time residents of the Hamptons.
are very pleased to bring the Time Challenge to the beginning of
the Hampton Classic Horse Show, said well-known jewelry designer
David Yurman. I think that speeds counts, and jumping against
the clock adds an element of excitement. What a great way to start
the event and end the summer!
$20,000 David Yurman Time Challenge marks the tenth anniversary
of David Yurmans support of the Hampton Classic Horse Show.
The Official Timepiece and Jewelry Designer of the Hampton Classic,
David Yurman has also created a special Hampton Classic pendant
that will be sold for $75 to with proceeds going to the Hampton
Classics designated beneficiary, Southampton Hospital. The
elegant silver pendant features the Classic logo and will be sold
in the Hampton Classic Boutique in the Boutiques Garden.
addition, David Yurman will present a handcrafted, custom-made silver
and gold championship belt buckle to the winner of the $150,000
Prudential Financial Grand Prix, a member event of the King Shavings/U.S.
Grand Prix League (USGPL), on Sunday, August 31, 2003. A David
Yurman signature jump will be an integral part of the Grand
Prix course, and will also be used in the $30,000 Adequan Grand
Prix Qualifying Class, the $25,000 Sally Hansen Grand Prix, and
the $25,000 Calvin Klein Show Jumping Derby.
Hampton Classic Horse Show runs until Sunday, August 31. While the
horses enjoy a day of rest on Monday, visitors can enjoy a day of
shopping as the Boutique Garden and other displays will all be open
and admission is free. Beginning Tuesday, admission is $5 per person
or $15 per carload with children under six admitted free. Reserved
grandstand seating for Sunday, August 31, is $15 per person (in
addition to $5/person or $15/carload admission) or $25 per person
for premium center section seating in the Grand Stands. Parking
throughout the show is free.
addition to daily competition in six rings, spectators will be treated
to a variety of other exhibits including the Boutique Gardens
40 vendor booths, Stable Rows 20 booths, three on-site public
restaurants, and the educational exhibition area The World
of the Horse complete with pony rides, the new Mercado and
various displays of horses, birds, and farm animals.