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Tables Turn During Grooms' Class At 26th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show

BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY (September 1, 2001) - Ask any successful rider, and they will give credit to the grooms back in the barn for helping them bring home blue ribbons. But the grooms at the 26th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show got the chance to shine in the show ring themselves during Celebrity Cruises ' Fiesta Day presented by Avis.

Killian Dunn, lead groom in rider/trainer Tim Grubb's stable, was the winner in Friday's $1,000 Add-Back Grooms' Class, where grooms were tested on heir ability to prepare their horses properly for the show ring as well as ride at the walk and trot. Thirty grooms and horses turned out for the class, which proved to be a high point of the afternoon classes at The Classic.

"It was fun," said Dunn, 20, a native of Dublin, Ireland. "You had all the fellows from the stables there, and they were all hooting and hollering. There should be more classes like that. That would make your day a lot more entertaining. Some of the boys . the horses got a little crazy.

"You had to do your horse out to the nines," added Dunn, crediting his fellow grooms, Java Sanchez and Christian Sanchez, both of Mexico but no relation, with helping him prepare his mount, Special K, for the class. "Special" as the jumper is known in the barn, is a gray Irish cross stallion. Dunn chose to show him because grays are harder to keep clean and because the horse carries himself stylishly and is easy to ride.

Dunn also had extra help from the horse's owner, Cornelia Guest of Old Westbury, NY. As everyone in the barn was fussing over Special before the class, Guest put the corks (or studs) in his shoes herself.

"She was doing the dirty work," said Dunn, adding that she was there to cheer him on.

Jocelyne Pinnchinnete, who grooms for rider/trainer Laura Kraut, was second with May, and third place went to Joost Indeneng, who grooms for rider/trainer Laura Bowery, and Amande du Chateau.

The 26th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show continues through Sunday, September 2, in Bridgehampton with the Young Jumper Championships and other special events planned
Saturday, Sept. 1: Cablevision's Kids Day; $25,000 Sally Hansen Grand Prix; Pony Jumpers
Sunday, Sept. 2: $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix presented by David Yurman; $50,000 AmeriChoice Eastern Finals of the Young Jumper Championships; $25,000 Calvin Klein Show Jumping Derby; $100,000 New Things Grand Prix Bonus Challenge

Admission to the Hampton Classic is $5 per person, $15 per carload, and children under six are admitted free daily. On Friday and Saturday (August 31-September 1), children under 12 are admitted free. Reserved grandstand seats for Grand Prix Sunday, September 2, are an additional $15 per person.
Parking is free during the event.

The Hampton Classic Horse Show benefits the Southampton Hospital, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the United States Equestrian Team. Offering up the best in show jumping, there is no other competition that brings together the hunter-jumper circuit with thousands of spectators, extravagant social events, celebrities, shopping and fine dining in the Hamptons.

For more information on the Hampton Classic, be sure to visit the show's web site at or call (631) 537-3177. Email requests for information may be submitted to

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